Heritage Open Days on the Broads

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If you enjoy seeking out hidden gems to visit, you’ll love Heritage Open Days on the Broads.

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Celebrating its Twenty-Fifth anniversary, the Heritage Open Days festival provides a rare glimpse into architecture and local history which is not usually accessible to the public. The 2019 festival runs from 13-22 September and here are a number exciting HOD’s events taking place in the Broads National Park.

Railway and River Walk

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River Bure near Buxton

A 3.2 mile escorted circular walk from Buxton beside the Bure Valley railway and River Bure.

The walk starts at Buxton Station and continues along the Bure Valley Path, which runs beside the railway line, to Mayton Bridge, passing Hautbios Hall which was built in the reign of King Edward VI in 1553. There are two bridges at Mayton one over the Aylsham Navigation and the other over the original river. The return leg goes beside the River Bure, which was canalised between 1774 and 1779 to form the Navigation. This enabled Wherries to travel upstream above Coltishall to Aylsham. 1.5 hours duration, no booking required - just turn up.

This event is not accessible for wheelchairs. Contact: Peter Baker 01603 738573.

When: Sunday 15 September, walk 11am & Saturday 21 September, walk 2pm.
Where: The Bure Valley Railway station carpark, Stracey Road, Buxton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 5ET

Wherry Albion Open Day for HODs – Ludham

An opportunity to be shown around this 120 year old ‘black-sailed trader’; one of the only two remaining ‘lorries of the Broads’. Experienced volunteer guides share some of the history and stories of the wherries. Accessibility limited to those with reasonable mobility.

When: 19 September
Where: Forsythe Wherry Yard, Horsefen Road, Ludham

Climb up Horsey Windpump

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Explore the magnificent interior of the National Trust's Horsey Mill

Climb to the top of this Broads icon, discover it's dramatic history and experience the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

After an ambitious three year restoration project by the National Trust, Horsey Windpump has been reopened to the public for the first time since 2015. Visitors can visit the windpump, learn about the project and discover the dramatic past of this historic Norfolk Broads landmark. Now winding for the first time in over 75 years, the windpump looks different everyday as the cap turns to face the wind. A climb of 62 steps is rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The onsite tea-room and shop sells souvenirs, drinks and tasty snacks including the National Trust's famous cream tea.

No booking required. The grand floor only of the windpump is accessible to wheelchairs. Contact for the day: Horsey Windpump 01263 740241.

When: Friday 20 September, 10am - 16:30pm
Where: Horsey Windpump, Somerton Road, Horsey, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EE

Wherry on view - HODs How Hill

Look around a beautiful historic wherry. Talk to our volunteers about sailing and preserving these historic vessels, and find out how you could get involved. Free. Booking not required.

When: 13 – 22 September
Where: How Hill, Ludham, Hoveton

Heritage Open Days - Wheatfen Nature Reserve and the legacy of Ted Ellis

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Wheatfen in the Autumn © Ann Kerridge

Suzie Hanna will talk about the life and work of her father Ted Ellis - renowned naturalist, writer and broadcaster - and his love of the Norfolk countryside including the Broads. This will be followed by a guided walk around Wheatfen Broad and Nature Reserve, highlighting the preservation and conservation work of the Ted Ellis Trust. Tea and coffee will be provided.

When: 20 September, 10am - 1pm
Where: Wheatfen Broad, The Covey, Surlingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 7AL

Stracey Arms Mill Restoration

Stracey Arms Mill, situated beside the A47 Acle Straight, is in the process of being restored to full working order as part of a National Lottery Heritage supported project called the Mill and the Marsh Folk, due to be completed in 2021. 

The mill is without a cap and sails but the building works to the tower should be complete. Visitors can view the progress of the repairs, see a display and information on the mill and talk to the organisers about the project to restore the mill, events as part of the project and volunteering. No booking required. Access to the Stracey Arms site is wheelchair and family friendly although a little bumpy. Due to steep ladders in the mill access is only possible for wheelchair users to the ground floor. Parking is limited. Contact for the day: Amanda Rix: 07770 684112

When: 22 September 12am – 4pm
Where: Mill House, New Road, Tunstall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3QE