National Trust Norfolk & Suffolk Events

By webcoreadmin On October 07, 2013 · Add Comment · National Trust Norfolk & Suffolk Events

November in Norfolk with Barn & Beach? Lots n Lots of winter fun with the National Trust…

Blickling Estate

Back Stage Passes

Weekends 2nd to 24th November

What’s behind those closed doors? Take a sneaky peek and find out with a small group tour. There’s a steep climb to the attics to see hidden treasures and the rooms where some of the RAF personnel slept during WWII.  Booking essential. £6 per person.

Passion for Puddings

Saturday 16th November

Indulge yourself with a home-made starter followed by a selection of 4 mouth-watering desserts freshly prepared by the head chef, followed by a cheese course. Take the recipes home to create yourself. £25.95 pp. Pre-booking essential.

Visit your Local

Saturday 2nd November

Come and see what the beautiful Blickling Estate has to offer. Look round the house, garden and park free today for anyone living in the NR post code area.  No booking required, but please bring proof of address.

Please only put the third one in if promotion isn’t to members only.

Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre

Landscapes, Flowers & Gardens in Watercolour

1 November to 3 November 2013

Working in the studio you will learn how to compose and paint a beautiful landscape from your own favourite photograph or those available in the studio. You may prefer to paint flowers, in which case bring plants, foliage or flowers. Techniques appropriate to your choice of subject will be taught and you will be encouraged to develop your own style of painting.

Adult £215 (non-residential participant), Adult £285 (residential participant)

Bird Watching Ramble

22 November to 24 November 2013

Enjoy a guided walking weekend for beginners and more experienced birders alike. Visit some of the key venues for waders and wildfowl including our over wintering pink-footed geese flocks. Join our small group for an exciting bird watching weekend.

Adult £166 (non-residential participant), Adult £239 (residential participant)

Winter Walking Break

29 November to 1 December 2013

Explore the Norfolk coast on foot and find out more about it’s history and wildlife with our local guides. Soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful North Norfolk coast and hopefully spot some of our famous residential winter wildlife. Refuel on our delicious home-cooked food on this invigorating break. Reasonable fitness (ability to walk over 5 miles) required. All walks will be with a BMAC/NT guide.

Adult £166 (non-residential participant), Adult £239 (residential participant)

Or whilst staying at one of our Self-Catering Holiday Homes hopr over the border to neighbouring Suffolk

Oxburgh Hall

Every Wednesday 13 November – 11 December, 1pm 

Beat the Rush!                

Come and enjoy a roast lunch in the tea-room for £9.95 and do your Christmas shopping in the National Trust shop in peaceful surroundings.

Booking essential on 01366 328243 (Catering only)

Thursday 15 November 10 – 4pm

Autumn Bounty Workshop

Come and join the staff of Oxburgh Hall in creating a number of edible treats, from the items you can see growing in the Kitchen garden. You will be welcomed with tea/coffee followed by a workshop and talk pumpkins and how to cut them. Lunch is provided followed by a tour of the Kitchen Garden and ending with the opportunity to visit the shop and take home the items you have made.

£30 (all materials provided) Booking essential


Storytelling and Crafty Fun

Saturday 2 November, 11am – 12noon

Enjoy stories from popular books and have some crafty fun.


Constable Country Ramble – Constable’s Footsteps

Saturday 16 November, 10.30am – 1.30pm

A 4 mile guided ramble visiting the places and views which inspired the artist John Constable.  See the site of his birthplace and studio and follow the route he took to school.


Christmas at Flatford

Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 Dec, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Join us for a traditional Christmas at Valley Farm, with hanging garlands and a blazing log fire.  Flatford Shop will have a tempting range of Christmas Gifts and the Tea Room will be serving festive fare.  Father Christmas may even make an appearance…

Free entry


Bonfire night sweets being cooked in the kitchen

Sunday 3 November  

11am – 4pm

House admission applies

Trees of Ickworth tour and lunch

Sunday 3 November

11am – 3.30pm

Adults £35, Includes park and garden admission.

Booking essential on 01284 769505 (Theatre Royal Booking Office).

Explore the history of Ickworth’s trees with the Outdoor manager and the Senior ranger and discover how this magnificent estate is managed. Followed by a 2 course hot buffet lunch with your guides.

Living History  –  Stir up Sunday and prep for Christmas

Sunday 17 November,

11am – 3pm

House admission applies

Experience Ickworth Lives Living History days which tells the real stories of the people who lived and worked at Ickworth in the thirties. Join us for a special historic day and follow in the footsteps of the servants as the basement comes to life. Check out what’s cooking in the kitchen and discover the servants’ secrets. Experience what life was like for servants and estate workers on this grand estate on living history days.

Christmas baking with the cooks

Wednesday 20 November,

11am – 3pm,

Includes house, park and garden admission

Join our living history cooks in the kitchen to learn all about their work and to get a head start on some of your Christmas preparations. You’ll each make traditional mince pie mincemeat and succulent orange pastry with enough to make 12 mince pies at home. You’ll end the day making a traditional 1lb Christmas pudding which you’ll take home in a ceramic pudding basin ready to steam at home. Delight your family and friends with your home made Christmas treats and have a fun day at Ickworth baking in the kitchen. Your day will include a warming lunch with your tutors of home made hearty vegetable soup, rolls and home made mince pies made by the living history cooks. Bring an apron. £50

Decorative Tree Workshop

Sunday 24 November

10.30am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

Includes park and garden admission

Join our head gardener and make this wonderful natural tree from Hazel and other woods which can be used all year round, but would make a lovely seasonal decoration. Workshops include a demonstration and then making your own tree with the head gardener. Includes tea/coffee and cake.   Booking essential on 0844 249 1895. £13.50

Make your Christmas pudding at Ickworth with the 30s cooks

Wednesday 27 November

10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Includes house, park and garden admission

Delight your family this year with a homemade Christmas pudding with the help of our living history cooks. You’ll make your pudding using traditional equipment and methods and take it home in a ceramic pudding basin ready for you to steam for a wonderful treat this Christmas. An opportunity to spend time our living history cooks and find out about life as a 1930s cook in this extraordinary house along with cooking up a treat for your family.  Please bring an apron. £25


Lavenham by Lantern Light

Saturdays 2 and 23 November, 6.30pm

Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in England. The rich cloth merchants who lived here were some of the wealthiest in the country. Jane Gosling, the Guildhall’s Manager, will escort you round to look at the village by lantern light, telling the stories of Lavenham through time. We end the evening with hot drinks and home-made cakes in the Guildhall.

£7.50 per person. To book call 01787 247646.

‘Boom and Bust in Medieval Lavenham’ – Lecture Lunch

Wednesday 13 November, 10.45am

Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in England. This illustrated talk by Jane Gosling, the Guildhall’s Manager, will look at how it came to be one of the wealthiest towns in Tudor England, leaving behind a unique legacy of buildings.

£17.50 per person, includes lunch and refreshments. To book call 01787 247646.

Sutton Hoo

Night at the Museum

Sat 2 November,


Discover Sutton Hoo at night with a special Gruesome Graves tour and exhibition visit. Come face-to-face with royalty and meet King Raedwald himself. Hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm up afterwards. Don’t forget your torch!

£9 adult, £7 child – booking essential.

Out of the Case

Sun 17 November,


Get a step closer to our fantastic collection of Sutton Hoo replicas at an informal talk in our exhibition hall.

Normal admission.

Lecture Lunch with Dr. Sam Newton

Sutton Hoo and the ‘Dark Ages’

Sun 10 November,


How Sutton Hoo changed our views about the so-called Dark Ages and the beginnings of England as a nation.

£22.50 includes site entry, lecture, refreshments and a two course hot lunch.

Christmas Gift Fayre

Sat 16 and Sun 17 November,


Get inspiration for Christmas at our Christmas gift fayre. Browse gorgeous crafts and gifts, sample Suffolk produce and enjoy festive music.

A Pretty Family Christmas Weekends between 16 November and 22 December,


Relax in beautiful 1930’s Christmas interiors, listen to seasonal songs sung by a choir and be looked after by Mrs Pretty’s servants as our guest.

Normal admission

Barn & Beach relaxing places to stay…



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