What to do in Nor­folk

Country Life Every Week - - Visual Treasures -

Dad’s Army Mu­seum, Thet­ford A pil­grim­age for fans of the iconic TV se­ries, much of which was filmed in the area. Cor­po­ral Jones’s van ap­pears at shows (07562 688641; http://dad­sarmy­thet­ford.org.uk)

Royal Nor­folk Show (June 28–29) The UK’S big­gest two-day agri­cul­tural show be­gan in the mid 19th cen­tury and was peri­patetic un­til the 1950s. Now based near Norwich, it at­tracts about 90,000 vis­i­tors (01603 748931; http://roy­al­nor­folk­show.rnaa.org.uk)

Norwich Live­stock Mar­ket It’s been on the same site for more than 900 years and un­der­went a ma­jor re­vamp in 2005. Amaz­ing flow­ers and veg­eta­bles and op­er­ates daily ex­cept Sun­day (01603 502690; www.nor­wich­live­stock­mar­ket.com)

Hun­stan­ton Lawn Ten­nis Tour­na­ment The largest open ten­nis tour­na­ment in the coun­try (www.hun­stan­tonltt.co.uk); this year on Au­gust 20–26

Boat­ing The Wherry Al­bion is a black-sailed trader that took hol­i­day­mak­ers on trips on the Nor­folk Broads in the Ed­war­dian era (www. wher­ryal­bion.com)

Grime’s Graves The only Ne­olithic flint mine open to vis­i­tors in Bri­tain. As well as the strik­ing, grassy lu­nar land­scape cre­ated by the 400 pits at the site near Thet­ford, you can de­scend 30ft by lad­der to see the jet-black flint (0370 333 1181; www.english-her­itage.org.uk)

Ped­dars Way It’s 46 miles long and fol­lows the route of an old Ro­man road, stretch­ing across the county from near Thet­ford to the north side of the Coast Path at Holme-next-the-sea

Golf Hun­stan­ton, Bran­caster and Sher­ing­ham are the best clubs

Houghton In­ter­na­tional Horse Tri­als Held on May 25–28, it in­cor­po­rates an in­ter­na­tional team com­pe­ti­tion that cul­mi­nates with cross-coun­try on Sun­day (01485 210070; www.mus­ke­teer.co.uk)

Muck­le­burgh Col­lec­tion Owned by a for­mer Lord Mayor of Lon­don, it has the coun­try’s largest dis­play of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and weapons and you can book a drive in a tank (01263 588210; www. muck­le­burgh.co.uk)

Wells and Wals­ing­ham Light Rail­way A 10¼in nar­row-gauge rail­way at Wells-next­the-sea with diesel lo­co­mo­tives on a four­mile track (www.well­swals­ing­ham­rail­way. co.uk; 01328 711630)

Thurs­ford Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar It be­gan as a small vil­lage carol ser­vice, but last year at­tracted 180,000 peo­ple to the £4 mil­lion ex­trav­a­ganza, with per­form­ers from all over the world (www.thurs­ford.com)

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