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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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