January has a bit of a bad reputation. If you believed the internet/media, we’re all miserable, broke and hibernating. Granted the colder weather may make you want to hibernate, but it seems like a crying shame to do that when we live in such a wonderful county. Instead of falling down a Netflix hole every weekend, why not wrap up warm, get outside and save yourself from the boredom of what normally feels like the longest month in the world. If you’re in need of some inspiration here are 5 things to do in Norfolk this January. Most of them won’t break the bank either!
Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal runs until January 14th, so there a few weeks left to catch this years side-splitting spectacular! If nothing else it’ll be a great way to lift yourself out of the January funk. Prepare for plenty of classic panto one liners, a sprinkle of Norfolk-isms, incredible costumes and just the right amount of cheese, slapstick comedy, innuendoes and audience participation. It’s not one to miss!
Visit the seals.
Norfolk is home to a number of colonies of Grey Seals. There are a few different places that you can spot them. So wrap up warm, pop on some sensible shoes and head to Horsey or Blakeney to see two of the largest colonies. You can often spot the seals in Winterton-on-Sea, Sea Palling and many of the other beaches on the East Norfolk coast. If you don’t fancy the walk or are less-abled, you can see them via boat tours from Blakeney or Morston Quay too.
Come rain or shine, you can always rely on the National Trust for a great day out. Norfolk is home to 13 National Trust sites, three of which are grand halls. I love a good wander around the Blickling Estate, you can get into the park there for free, so wrap up warm and go for a stroll if you’re in a pinch. I really want explore inside Blickling Hall (I imagine it’s warmer than the park!) and visit Oxburgh Hall this month. They both look so picturesque and I’m determined to make the most of my membership this year.
Holkham is one of my favourite places n Norfolk. The vast beach spans for miles, there’s a peaceful wood, cute shops and the estate to explore. That’s without mentioning the amazing Victoria Inn, where you can enjoy delicious meals and tea and cake. Throughout the year the estate run volunteer days where you can help out with conservation. So if you’re looking to do something good this January, this is the event on the 28th is for you.
Find a new hobby
It’s the season of new beginnings and all that! In the fine city of Norwich there are plenty of people who meet up and enjoy their hobbies together. Meetup or Facebook are the best place to find these. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy how about signing up for a course? Macarons & More run cooking classes and Berrys & Grey have chalk paint workshops, to name but a few. If you’re looking for something more active see if you can get a free 5 days pass at a gym or take a new class for free? There will be a billion and one gym related offers this month!
January really doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom! Granted it’s hardly the events season, but there’s something refreshing about wrapping up and heading out into the great outdoors. Walking is always free and if you take a pack up you’ll be saving yourself some pennies too. What’s on your hit-list this January?
Image – Chapelfield Gardens in the snow, Jan 2017