Bonfire Night on the Norfolk Broads
Hearing the words ‘bonfire night’ instantly sets off images of toffee apples, fireworks, crisp fallen leaves, hot dogs and funfairs spinning in your mind like a Catherine wheel of cosy familiarity. Bonfire Night is one of the best nights of the year for couples and families alike because it really is fun for everyone from 3 to 103! It’s quintessentially British and is positively soaked in traditions that go back four hundred years. And this year, Bonfire Night on the Norfolk Broads, all snuggled up in one of our quaint, comfy cottages, will be the start of your new annual tradition.
Norfolk perfectly combines everything that everyone loves about Britain. There’s history, beautiful countryside, a bustling city, gorgeous seaside and fabulous events and activities on all year round. Bonfire Night is one of the busiest nights in the British calendar and in Norfolk, it’s no different.
Whilst you are staying in one of our warm, homely cottages you will be spoilt for choice for ways to celebrate the 5th of November in style. Autumn really is one of the best times to explore the Norfolk Broads. As the leaves turn to warm gold, vivid red and sunny orange, you’ll find walking around Potter Heigham a picturesque delight.
What to do?
Of course, you’ll be gearing up for a big firework display on Bonfire Night itself, but during the days you’ll be free to explore the local area. Potter Heigham is a village on the edge of the River Thurne which dates back to the medieval era. It’s the perfect spot for walkers. There are two national nature reserves within very easy reach of the village, Ludham – Potter Heigham NNR and Heigham Holmes NNR, as well as The Weavers Way, which is a long walk from Cromer to Great Yarmouth on a footpath.
Taking a stroll around Potter Heigham
If walking isn’t your thing, or your fancy more of a potter than a long-distance hike, then a walk around the village is also very rewarding, with a medieval bridge and church in easy reach. Being a fishing village, Potter Heigham’s church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and children, and its round tower dates back to the twelfth century, making it a must see during your stay with Broads Escapes.
Firework Displays not to be missed
Further afield, you have attractions such as Norwich Castle and the fascinating Wroxham Barns. Once the day is done and the night is drawing in, you’ll want to head to a firework display to bring in Bonfire Night in style.
A short 15-minute drive away is The Lighthouse Inn in Walcott which is well known for putting on an excellent firework display every year. There are also several other good firework displays in the area, such as at Wroxham Football Club and at Fitzmaurice Park, Thorpe St Andrew. A real dazzler of a display is at Norwich Castle, from which fireworks are fired high into the city’s sky.
So, remember, remember Norfolk is the place to be this 5th of November!
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