Beat the winter blues in the Broads National Park

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It's winter and Christmas is over and with it the descending of the winter blues. But there is no reason to feel gloomy because here are some of the best things you can get up to in the Broads to feel re-energised and super positive for the New Year.

Stomp, Dine, and Strike at JR's, North Walsham

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Get striking at JR's

Beat those winter blues by getting that pulse racing with a good old fashioned game of boutique tenpin bowling! You can be served while you strike with a whole manner of naughty indulgences from nachos to onion rings. For the designated driver there is even an array of delicious mocktails to be enjoyed, virgin colada anyone?

Get stuck in with Norwich Farm Share

Everybody knows that getting outside and socialising are two wonderful ways to feel great about life, so why not combine the two and get stuck in with Norwich Farm Share? Local people share helping out with a three acre patch of land. You can be as hands on as you like or just purchase a monthly veg box full of organic goodies. Being a part of the team is a great way to meet people and you’ll feel amazing eating all of those fresh fruit and vegetables which you’ll have helped grow.

A day at the farm with Wroxham Barns

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Guinea pig in the grass

Wroxham Barns is the perfect uplifting blend of animals, crafts and a hot bowl of soup! Their ‘cuddle sessions’ with the resident guinea pigs is a great way to stroke your worries away and definitely don’t miss the greedy goats. Top off your visit with a browse around their gallery and craft shop before putting your feet up to tuck into their homemade marmalade and stilton tart –Yum!

Have tea with an alpaca

At Burnt Fen Alpacas they’re mad about all thing fleece and fibre. These broads-dwelling relatives of the lama are originally from the Andes and at Burnt Fen you can get involved in all sorts of different ways. You could take an alpaca husbandry course, go for a walk with an alpaca, learn to spin, weave, felt or knit or just purchase a rather sumptuous pair of hand knitted socks made from alpaca wool. Probably most unusual of all is their ‘Alpaca Teatime’ which involves tea, cake and well… Alpacas! Time spent with animals is known to have an uplifting effect on people as is trying out new things, so what better way to beat the January blues?

Feel creative with Print to the People

Print to the People is stationed in Norwich and gives you the opportunity to partake in print courses of all varieties and to use the array of large printing equipment which they own to create your own designs. Whether you’re joining a group and being social or independently exploring your creativity it’s a fab opportunity to seize the ink pot and feel great whilst doing it.

Get snappy with Helen Storer

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"Serene" by Helen Storer

Take a photography course out in the Broads with local photographer Helen Storer. Helen takes participants out into some of the most stunning locations in the National Park where she will help you to capture breath-taking images of the unique landscape. Thrown into the package is the chance to taste some quintessential Norfolk goodies from a traditional tea room or local pub. Being outside in the fresh air is well known for its mental health benefits, being outside in the bracing broads is sure to be the perfect way to kick-start your year.

Walking at Gunton Warren

Pinned between the North Sea and the Broads is a fragment of unspoilt habitat known as Gunton Warren. A mixture of scrubby woodland, vegetated cliff slope, sand dunes and lowland heath makes it a little slice of Arcadia beside the big city of Lowestoft. For battered urbanites desperate to escape the drain of city life Gunton Warren is the perfect way to escape into the Broads. Bracing seaside walks, meanders through the heath and bird watching binoculars-in-hand are ideal for shedding the dreading of January and embracing your wild side.

There are loads of wonderful ways to fall in love with January and beat those seasonal blues. Making friends, getting outside, being creative and spending some time with a few furry friends are all great ways to start, for many more things to see and do check out the Visit the Broads website.