What's on in September?

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Even though the kids are back at school, there’s still a feast of fun to be had in the Broads National Park. Choose from our top tips for ways to enjoy the Broads in September, whether you are with or without children.

Thurne Mill Open and Working Days

thurne mill being painted
Thurne Mill getting a new lick of paint

Our Marshman will be at the mill on open days demonstrating how it works and telling you all about the history of this 199-year-old working windpump. Disabled access is not possible in the mill and the staithe is very uneven.  

When: 1 & 22 September, 11am – 4pm

Where: Thurne Mill, The Staithe, Thurne, Great Yarmouth, NR29 3BU

Yare Navigation Race

This is the biggest classic yacht race on the Broads. More than 40 Broads yachts will race the length of the River Yare from Surlingham to Breydon Water and back, with most skippers likely to start mid-morning and finish late afternoon.

When: 7 September

Where: Best views at Coldham Hall, Cantley, and Reedham Ferry and village.

Boat Cruise to St Benet's Abbey

Boat trip from Fairhaven Garden to St Benet's Abbey with a 45 minute guided tour of the abbey. (Please note this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the uneven ground at the abbey.) 

When: 7 September, 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Where: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham.

Wild Explorers - Strumpshaw

Calling all adventures who like exploring in nature. Join our Forest School leader for our family stay and play session. Enjoy nature together and feel more connected to the wild through den building, seasonal nature activities, campfire cooking and much more!

When: 7 September, 10.30am – 12.00pm

Where: RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve, Low Road, Strumpshaw

Invitation to view Hoveton Hall Estate

Tour of main reception rooms with the owner. Visitors are then welcome to spend time in the gardens, where they can see the glasshouse, lake, walled gardens and woods. Afternoon tea with home-made cakes and biscuits.

When:  8 September

Where: Hoveton Hall Estate

Breydon Water Boat Trip - Burgh Castle

black tailed godwit
The black-tailed godwit is just one of the resident species at Breydon Water

Discover Breydon Water in all its summer glory – an unforgettable experience. Enjoy looking at summer birds on this internationally important estuary and look out for the UK's largest congregation of avocets, black-tailed godwits and a good variety of other wading birds.

When: 9 September, 12.45pm

Where: Goodchild Marina, Butt Lane, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth NR31 9PZ 12.45pm

Discover Water and Woodland - Salhouse

Join Salhouse Broad's Ranger on the boat to learn about Salhouse Broad and the River Bure. We'll then drop you in the capable hands of the Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail's Warden, who'll show you round the boardwalk pointing out interesting species local to the area.

When: 5 & 15 September

Where: Salhouse Broad Car Park, Lower Street, Salhouse.

Bat Walk - Salhouse Broad with Natural England

Meet the ferry at the Salhouse Broad moorings for a short boat trip across the broad and upriver to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail, a tranquil place only accessible by boat. You will explore the trail as darkness falls with the Warden and bat expert, using bat detectors to find, track and identify the bats.

When: 9 September, 7.30pm – 10.pm

Where: Salhouse Broad, Lower Street, Salhouse, NR13 6RX

Children's Wildlife Watch - Helping Hedgehogs

Like many species hedgehogs are declining but we can all do something to help hedgehogs in our gardens. Hear more about our only spiny mammal and what help we can provide.

When: 14 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Where: NWT Hickling Broad, NR12 0BW

Heritage Open Days – Norfolk Wherry Maud

Come aboard, look at photos and listen to enthusiastic volunteers talk about Maud's History and current use.

When: 14 & 15 September

Where: Pull's Ferry, The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DZ

Out There International Festival of Street Arts & Circus

World class family entertainment on offer - and it is all completely FREE! The weird and wonderful, outrageous and outstanding.

When:  14 & 15 Sep

Where: St. George's Park, Trafalgar Road, The Drill House, Dissenters' Graveyard and in the Market Place, Gt Yarmouth

Wherry Albion Open Day for HODs – Ludham

wherry albion
The majestic Wherry Albion

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

Mini Wellbeing Evening Cruise - South Walsham

Sit back, relax, unwind and enjoy the river and the magical scenery.​​

When: 20 September

Where: Broadland Charters, Fleet Lane, South Walsham

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

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

Capturing the Seasons – Field sketchbook workshop

Create a field sketchbook, observing & recording signs of the season. With botanical & wildlife artist, Ruth Wharrier.

When: 21 September, 10am – 3pm

Where: Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Carlton Marshes, Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft

Autumn Walk – Conservation and Restoration

Meet the ferry at the Salhouse Broad moorings for a short boat trip upriver to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail, a tranquil spot only accessible by boat. Here, take a stroll around the boardwalk with the Warden, watching and listening out for the seasonal flora and fauna, and learning about the conservation of the Broads and the innovative Hoveton Great Broad Restoration Project.

When: 21 September 

Where: Salhouse Broad with Natural England, Lower Street, Salhouse, NR13 6RX

Surlingham Paddle - Surlingham

canoe paddling
A relaxing paddle along the Broads rivers

Join us for an amazing canoe paddle down the River Yare to explore the jungle-like swamp backwaters of Surlingham Broad. Open Canadian canoes are safe, stable and seat up to three adults. No experience necessary, but you must be able to swim 50m. Equipment and instruction provided. We are intending to stop on land at lunchtime for a break (five-minute walk to toilets). Finish time is approximate.

When: 28 September, 10am – 3.30pm
Where: Ferry Inn, Ferry Road, Surlingham, Norwich, NR14 7AR

Loddon Antiques and Collectors Fair

The Fair will showcase up to forty dealers selling a wide range of quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books and more.

When: 29 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon