The top five reasons to visit the Broads at the Royal Norfolk Show

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Pond dipping
See what you can spot in the Broads Authority's minibeast pond

The Royal Norfolk Show (27 and 28 June) is one of those events which bring together people from across the county, regardless of their backgrounds, to celebrate all things Norfolk.  From agriculture to horticulture, dressage to dog training, from the Woodland Trust to the Broads National Park… there will be loads of amazing things for you to discover on your trip to the Norfolk Show.

The Broads Authority has assembled a fun-packed Broads Village full of activities that you’d be mad to miss, so here are our top five reasons to visit the Broads National Park (stand 25) at the Royal Norfolk Show:

Top reason number one: Ponderous ponds!

It simply wouldn’t be a Broads Authority event without the signature ‘Pond Dipping’ activity. Here you will find a selection of Broads aquatic pond life in a pond which has been brought to the show especially. See which creepy crawlies you can identify and learn all about the unique ecology of the Broads in a fun and ‘hands-on’ way.

Top reason number two: Terrific talks!

The Broads Authority’s very own Neil Punchard will be part of a discussion panel at the Royal Norfolk Show discussing the topic ‘Can farming show it is being kind to the countryside?’ You’ll be able to see him talk live on the ‘Growing Norfolk Stage’ at 9:15 on Thursday 28 June. Neil leads the Broadland Catchment Partnership, liaising with partners and organising development schemes to advise farmers and landowners of the impact of their farming techniques on water quality.

Top reason number three: Goodies galore!

Who doesn’t love a goody bag? Well you could get your mitts on your very own Broads Authority bag filled with FAB giveaways from sweets to notebooks and so much more. All you’ll need to do is complete the different activities in the Broads Village and earn stickers for your efforts. Once you’ve collected enough stickers you’ll be able to collect your goody bag prize!

Top reason number four: Superb selfies!

Norfolk show © Julian Claxton
The 2016 Broads Village

You’ve gone out, you’ve got dressed up, and you’re at the Broads Authority tent… Why not go in for a selfie? Not only will the Broads Authority be armed with the fabulous selfie boat and Broads backdrop but there will also be a treasure trove of props to have fun with. Fancy being a pirate? Well now you can!

Top reason number five: Perfect partners!

While the Broads Authority area will be bursting with great things to keep all the family entertained there will be a whole Broads Village bustling with amazing organisations linked with the Broads National Park, such as the RSPB, the Norfolk Wherry Trust, the Nancy Oldfield Trust, Natural England and many more. So whether you’re looking to see the wildlife or hire a boat you’re sure to find what you need in the Broads Village.

And there you have it, somewhere between the pond dipping and selfie boat snaps you’ll realise that there could only be one thing better than the Broads Authority Royal Norfolk Show Stand and that is visiting the Broads National Park for yourself!