It’s Broads Outdoors Festival time!

The sixth Broads Outdoors Festival will be launched on Wednesday 4 May at 11.00am at Ranworth Church.

The festival, which features different events across the Broads from 7 to 22 May, is a celebration of the wealth of activities on offer within the Broads National Park and has become a major feature on its calendar.

The aim of the festival is to attract more visitors and local people to enjoy activities in the Broads that they might not otherwise try and to do this out of high season.

Guests and representatives from partner organisations including Archant, Richardson’s Boating Holidays and Broads Tourism, as well as Broads Authority members and staff, will be present at the launch.

Ranworth Church is known as the cathedral of the Broads and a climb up the tower rewards visitors with fantastic views of all that the great outdoors of the Broads has to offer.

“The festival has grown every year. Well known and well-loved places are included such as Whitlingham Country Park, with a fantastic range of water and land activities, but festival participants will also have the chance to discover some secret places not normally open to the public,” said Lorna Marsh, Head of Communications.

Many of the drainage mills are hosting guided tours, there are local food and drink at events, Broads crafts are on display and festival-goers can breakfast with the birds at dawn chorus events.

One aim of the festival is to offer taster sessions out on the water – paddleboarding, sailing, wherry trips and windsurfing all feature – and there are even free canoeing taster sessions.

With 26% of the rarest wildlife in the UK, more than 300 kilometres of footpaths, 122 miles of rivers and more than 60 shallow lakes, the Broads is a special place with something for everyone to enjoy.

The Broads Outdoors Festival brochure with full details of all events is available from local tourist information centres.

A digital flipbook programme for the festival and an interactive calendar of events is on www.OutdoorsFestival.co.uk

Friday 29 April 2016