10 lovely ways to enjoy autumn;
As vibrant colours fill the landscape, there are so many lovely ways to enjoy a beautiful Norfolk autumn. Rachel Buller selects 10 of her favourite treats of the season
There are thousands of varieties of fungi, from toadstools and mushrooms to yeasts and moulds and they can be discovered all over our countryside and woodland. Learn more from the experts at the Fungus Workshop at Wheatfen Nature Reserve – before heading out to make your own discoveries, perhaps! Sunday, October 4, 2pm-5pm. Booking essential, 01508 538036; www.wheatfen.org
At Gressen hall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day sample the pressing, tasting, buying and naming of the fantastic array of varieties grown locally. Stroll around the orchard, watch craftsmen at work, buy fresh, local produce and even bring any “mystery” apples you have growing at home to be identified by the experts. Sunday, October 18, 10am-5pm, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, NR20 4DR; www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Norfolk’s beaches can be at their most special at this time of year. Most of the tourists have gone home and while it might not be warm enough for a swim – although with a wetsuit many do – there is still plenty to enjoy, not least the empty swathes of sand which you often have to yourself. Wrap up, take the kids crabbing or rockpooling or simply enjoy a long peaceful walk – you might even spot some seals.
As the nights close in, it is the perfect opportunity to spot the vast array of wildlife which comes out after dark. RSPB reserve Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, welcomes families to The Twilight Zone on Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, October 3, taking you on a moonlit walk in search of owls, bats and moths and other creatures of the night. Saturdays September 26 and October 3, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Strumpshaw Fen, Strumpshaw, NR13 4HS; www.rspb.org.uk.
Searching for the finest conkers has been a source of fun for generations of children. Going home after a walk in one of our wonderful woods, with pockets stuffed with these little brown treasures ready to do battle
Autumn starts to show itself with the conkers among the vivid colours of the leaves
Apple picking at the annual Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day