Visit the Broads at the Royal Norfolk Show

Visit the Broads Village at the Royal Norfolk Show 2017 for a true taste of the Broads. You’ll also find all you need to know about where to go and what to do to enjoy the Broads National Park this summer.

The Broads Authority has brought together an exciting and diverse line-up of village inhabitants. Look out for flying birds of prey from the Raptor Trust, giant dragonfly sculptures made from potato and willow by Natural England, and the weird and wonderful Wind Energy Museum. You’ll find the Broads Village in the Countryside Area, down by the lake, where Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre will be offering you the chance to get out on the water.Professor Jacquie Burgess, Chairman of the Broads Authority, said: “We’re delighted that so many organisations are participating in the Broads Village. The show is a great opportunity for us to meet people who perhaps don’t know the Broads, and really encourage them to visit and understand what’s special about it.”

Some of the Authority’s own exhibits were highlighted by Nick Sanderson, Education Officer: “Go back in history and see the Chet boat, a replica of a medieval wooden boat discovered in the River Chet in 2013, find out about Pony Power and see some of the equipment used to manage the Broads such as the mighty fen harvester.”You can also explore the maze and try activities including a marshman’s tools quiz, water wildlife discovery, badge-making, children’s crafts, face-painting and the ‘poodunnit?’ quiz.

Wildlife organisations will be at the Broads Village, with lots of other fun activities to help you find out about some of the rarest wildlife in the UK, including the swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly.Water activities of all kinds will be represented, whether you want to find out about traditional Broads sailing wherries and yachts, canoeing, easier access boating for people with disabilities, fishing, or boating holidays and day boat trips, while Hemsby Lifeboat will tell you all you need to know about keeping safe on or near the water.

The visitor giving scheme for the Broads National Park, Love the Broads, will be participating, promoting the 14 projects funded by the scheme, including the new nesting tower for swifts at Whitlingham Country Park. The Broads Society will be there too, and the Museum of the Broads, which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year.With goodies galore, the Broads Village, stand 25, is the place to be at the show on the 28 and 29 June. More details from the Royal Norfolk Show.

Friday 23 June 2017