Norfolk Wildlife Trust Activities and Events

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the North Norfolk local group run various walks and events in the area. 

For events organised by the NWT in other areas of Norfolk, view the  NWT Website.


NWT North Norfolk Group -  Activities and Talks

 

 

Events at Cley Marshes

 

BIOBLITZ WEEKEND - Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July

We are joining forces with National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and Holkham Estate to conduct one of the largest wildlife surveys carried out in the county, stretching from Holme-next-the-Sea to Salthouse.  A ‘BioBlitz’ is a race against time to identify and record as many species as possible in 24 hours.  We would love you to get involved and help us to survey as many species as possible from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.
Throughout the weekend the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes will be used as a hub with information stands and advice for all surveyors wishing to get involved. On the beach and in the education centre we will have lots of wildlife crafts, activities and events for families.

For more information and event times check out our website:  www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

 

EXHIBITIONS

 
 
EXHIBITIONS IN THE GALLERY
 
Free entry to all the  exhibitions in the Gallery, open daily 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

By Land and Sea - Wednesday 28 June – Tuesday 11 July

An exhibition of prints, collages and drawings by artist Julia McKenzie. The urban wildlife, natural objects and manmade fragments that are found in Julia’s suburban garden are often the inspiration behind her work. Julia also uses what she discovers on her travels to the British coastline including Cornwall, Kent and North Norfolk.

Sights and Sounds of the Norfolk Coastline - Wed 12 July – Tues 25 July

The everyday sights and sounds of crashing waves and birds on the wing.  Norfolk’s natural coastline is unique for its abundance of wildlife and varied landscape.  Sarah Weston is a keen photographer and can always be found out and about with a camera in hand watching the local wildlife or just getting windswept and wet feet on the beaches.

Down to the Sea Again - Wednesday 26 July – Tuesday 8 August

The combination of beach, sea and sky seem to captivate our spirit making us return again and again to our favourite place in all seasons and ever changing weather, working a magical hold on our senses, enticing us to go down to the sea again to create happy and enduring memories of endless days on glorious beaches. This exhibition features a stunning collection of new work by local artist Caroline Richmond, featuring the glorious coastline of North Norfolk, captured in oil and acrylic on canvas and board.

The Art of Nature Photography - Wed 9 August – Tues 22 August

An exhibition of fine art nature images by award winning local photographer Paul Richards DPAGB, AWPF. Paul is passionate about our countryside and its native wildlife and has spent much of his life working in nature conservation as a countryside manager. Capturing simple images of nature in an artistic way is a key element of his work. Paul will also be running a workshop on the principles of good nature photography.

Flowerburst! - Wednesday 23 August – Tuesday 5 September  

An exhibition by Helen Mc Connell of vibrant abstract prints, collages and original works made with pressed flowers leaves and grasses. Helen will have a collection of exclusive prints using reeds, plants and wild flowers inspired by the beauty found in the Marshes along the North Norfolk coast.  

Creating  a Scene In Stitch - Wed 6 September – Tues 19 September

A selection of textile pictures by Sally Holman inspired by the beauty of the North Norfolk Coast. Using her own special techniques of combining different fabrics and stitches, each picture is a unique piece of work that celebrates the wonderful landscape and coastal views of this county.

Land, Sea, & Skyscapes - Wednesday 20 September – Tuesday 3 October

A photographic exhibition of North Norfolk, East Anglia and Beyond by local photographer Paul Burnham who specialises in black and white photography. 

 

GUIDED WALKS

These events need to be booked as places are limited. Please call the Visitor Centre on 01263 740008
Unless otherwise stated:
Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost:    £3.50 NWT members and children, £5.00 non-members
 

Walk with the Warden 

Bernard Bishop has been the warden for more than forty years and is the third generation of his family to work at Cley Marshes. Hear about the history of Cley, how the reserve has changed over time and what life is like as a warden on a coastal nature reserve. Suitable for al walking abilities.

Jul:    Wednesday     19 
Aug:  Wednesday      2   Wednesday   16 
Sep:  Wednesday      6    Wednesday  20

Walsey Wander

Discover the huge variety of wildlife and habitats in the Cley to Salthouse living landscape. This walk starts at the visitor centre and heads East, up and along Walsey Hills - offering spectacular views across the marshes - before heading down to Babcock hide and back along the Attenborough Way.

Jul:    Tuesday  1  

Moths

Join us as we open our moth traps and be amazed by the variety, beauty and extraordinary markings of the moths that live on the reserve.

Time: 10.15 am
Jul:    Thursday  13  

Circuit of Cley 

A  guided circuit walk around the reserve and along the shingle ridge taking in the wildlife and habitats of the North Norfolk coast along the way. The walk is approx. 2.5 miles.

Jul  :  Friday   28
Sep:  Friday   1   Friday  29


Beach Clean - First Saturday of the month - Free event 

Help us to clean up our shore to benefit coastal wildlife. There is always lots of exciting wildlife and mysterious marine objects to be found on the shore too.  In the event of adverse weather  please contact the visitor centre in advance to check for cancellations. All equipment provided.

July: Saturday  1  (Salthouse beach road)
Aug: Saturday  5  (Cley  beach car park)
Sep: Saturday  2  (Salthouse beach road)

Time: 10.30 am - 12 noon

Birds of Cley

If you are new to birdwatching and want to learn more about the birds that visit Cley, no matter what your age, join us for a walk onto the reserve with the chance to see  marsh harriers, avocets, little egrets  and many more.  Binoculars can be provided. 

Jul:   Sunday    9
Aug: Sunday   13   Sunday  27
Sep: Sunday   10

Coastal Birds and Breakfast - Monday 31 July

As part of National Marine Week experience the beach and reserve at this peaceful time of day with a guided walk along the coast followed by a continental breakfast on the terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve.

Time: 8am – 10am
Cost:  £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes breakfast)

Walk the Attenborough Way

Walk along the new footpath opened by Sir David Attenborough and discover the huge variety of wildlife along the way. The walk takes in reedbeds, grazing marsh, freshwater dykes and scrapes. NWT staff will describe the work involved in maintaining this fantastic habitat for wildlife.

Jul:  Tuesday 11
Aug: Tuesday  8
Sep: Tuesday 12
Oct: Tuesday 10

Coastal Geology Talk & Walk - Saturday 29 July

To celebrate National Marine Week join local expert Martin Warren as he guides you through the fascinating geology of the North Norfolk coast. The day will start with a presentation in the Aspinall Education Centre followed by a walk along the shingle ridge.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £4 NWT members, £6 non-members

Guided Walk of The New Land

Meet our new warden for a guided walk onto our newly acquired land east of the East Bank. See conservation in action and learn about our plans for the future of this vital site.

Jul:  Tuesday 25
Aug: Tuesday 22
Sep: Tuesday 26

Time: 10.30 am – 1pm

Birds & Brunch

A relaxed morning of bird watching on the reserve followed by a delicious brunch in the visitor centre. A great morning for those who want to learn more about birds and their habitat.

Sep:   Sunday  24
Time: 9.30 – 11.30am
Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members (price includes brunch)

Birds and Breakfast

Experience the reserve at this peaceful time of day with a guided walk onto the marsh followed by a continental breakfast on the terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve.

Aug:  Thursday  10    Friday   25
Time: 8am – 10am
Cost:  £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes breakfast)

Evening Stroll & BBQ 

An evening exploration of the reserve followed by a barbecue on the terrace, which offers fantastic views across the marsh.

Aug:  Thursday  17    Thursday  31
Sep:   Thursday   7  
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (includes price of BBQ)


LUNCHTIME TALKS

Coastal Wildlife - Friday 4 August

Andrew Cleave and Paul Sterry authors of ‘Collins Complete Guide to British Coastal Wildlife’ will deliver a beautifully illustrated talk about our fascinating coastal wildlife, from creatures and plants we are familiar with to those less well known.  This talk is accompanied by a photographic exhbition

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost: £6 NWT members, £8 non-members (price includes refreshments)
Booking essential: 01263 740008

Bird Therapy  - Thursday 14 September

Joe Harkness aka ‘Bird Therapy’  will talk about the therapeutic benefits of bird watching and share his experiences of how bird watching and being outdoors has helped him.  

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Cost: £8 NWT members, £10 non-members (price includes a light lunch)
Booking essential: 01263 740008

 

EVENING TALKS & PERFORMANCES

Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

 

NATURAL HISTORY WORKSHOPS

Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Seashore Wildlife - Saturday 12th August

The chalk reefs at Sheringham are one of the UK’s marine biodiversity hot-spots.  Rob Spray and Dawn Watson have pioneered diving on the reef and will lead a classroom session focusing on the crustaceans, molluscs and fish that can be found around the Norfolk coast.  We will then head down to the shore at low tide for some ‘rock pooling’.  This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location:  NT Sheringham Park
Time: 14:30 – 17:30
Cost:  £17
Booking essential: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park

Dragonflies and Damselflies - Thursday 24 August

Pam Taylor from the British Dragonfly Society will lead this detailed workshop on dragonflies and damselflies of Norfolk including an illustrated presentation and a field trip to a site within the Cley and Salthouse living landscape.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members

Autumn Birds - Saturday 9 September

This workshop will help you identify migrant birds that visit Cley in autumn as well as those waders and wildfowl around at this time of year. We will begin with an indoor session looking at key identification features, and learning about their behaviour and ecology before heading out into the reserve. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location:  NWT Cley Marshes
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost:  £22 NWT members, £26 non-members

 

ART AND NATURE

Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

From Reeds to Pots via Japan  - Thursday 27 July

An informal talk by Cley 17 ceramic artist Rob Dunster. In this talk Rob will discuss his design influences and working techniques.  Participants will be able to break an exhibition taboo by handling work. This workshop is part of Cley 17 Contemporary art exhibition; for more information visit www.cleycontemporaryart.org

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Booking: Please contact via Cley 17 on 01362 668641

Workshop- The A-Z of wildlife photography - Saturday 12 August

Award winning local photographer Paul Richards leads this workshop designed to pass on his experience in his search to take better pictures of nature on the doorstep. The workshop will start with a short illustrated presentation running through the A-Z of nature photography. The rest of the day will involve putting the principles into practice by going out and about to find and photograph local wildlife. Be prepared to get down and dirty facing your subject matter at eye level. Zoom or telephoto lenses with close-up facility will be useful.

Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members

‘Ebb & Flow’ Mini-Wall Hanging - Friday 15 September

Sally Holman leads this workshop designed to create a small quilt piece inspired by water in the landscape.  This project is based on the simple technique of Log Cabin but using the ‘Thick & Thin’ version to create the illusion of curves. The challenging part of the project is the use of colour to create the feel of the ebb & flow of water. This can be related to sand and sea or river and riverbank or indeed river and a scrape.

Time: 10.30am – 3pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members 

Writing outside: Summer

Tuesday 13 June: Introduction to the Summer Landscape: The East Bank and Arnold's Marsh
Tuesday 20 June: Reedbeds and Freshwater Scrapes
Tuesday 27 June: Cley Beach towards Blakeney Point
Tuesday 4 July: Glandford Ford and the River Glaven
Tuesday 11 July: Saltmarsh
Tuesday 18 July: The Salthouse to Walsey Hills Field Path

A new six-week nature writing course led by local poet and creative writing teacher Jonathan Ward. Each week will include a walk and the opportunity to write outside in a different location within and around the Cley to Salthouse Living Landscape. Time will also be spent in the education centre looking at and creating poems and prose inspired by place, landscape and the natural world. Beginners and more experienced writers are both welcome.

Times: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members, or book all six events for £85 NWT members, £105 non-members.

HEALTH & WELLBEING


Booking advised: 01263 740008

Summer Yoga - Tuesday 29 August
 

Local yoga teacher Eva Edwards will help you relax  with a yoga session in the Aspinall Education Centre at Cley. A great way to relax after a bank holiday weekend with a positive mind and body.

Time: 8.30am – 10am
Cost: £8 per session

Summer Evening Meditation - Tuesday 12 September

Join local teacher in mindfulness, Susanna Alyce, for a session in meditation and mindfulness. What a perfect way to end the day.

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £10

 

FAMILY EVENTS

Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Nocturnal Nature - Saturday 22 July

As part of our BioBlitz weekend we will be hosting an exclusive event where you will have the unique opportunity to experience the reserve at night; its wildlife, its sounds and sights which are rarely seen by other visitors. Join in celebrating Nocturnal Nature with a sunset supper, bat walk, moth trapping and wildlife films.  Sleep over in the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre and wake up to experience the reserve in the early morning light with a refreshing bird walk before breakfast.
Suitable for ages 8-16. Please note there needs to be at least 1 adult responsible for a maximum of 4 children.

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30am
Cost per person: £25 members, £30 non-members (price includes evening supper, snacks and breakfast as well as activities)
Booking essential: 01263 740008 more information and T&Cs www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Coastal Creations  - Thursday 27 July and Friday 25 August

As part of National Marine Week we will be searching through the strandline for natural treasures washed in by the sea. Using natural materials on the beach we’ll create beach art inspired by the coast.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)

Sea Dipping - Wednesday 2 August

This National Marine Week discover the huge variety of tiny animals (plankton) that live in the sea, and learn why these tiny and fascinating creatures are so important. Meet on Cley beach to have a go at sea dipping and then head back to our education centre to look under the microscope at these tiny creatures.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £3.00 (accompanying adults free)

Signs of Summer - Wednesday 9 August

The reserve is alive with wildlife in the summer, with birds singing, butterflies fluttering, fish swimming and colourful flowers on display. Join us searching for summer wildlife on the reserve.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Crafty Creations - Friday 11 August

We will be looking out for wildlife, collecting natural materials and creating masterpieces inspired by nature on our reserve.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Magical Moths - Thursday 17 August & Thursday 31 August

Learn about the fascinating lives and behaviours of moths. You will have the rare opportunity to see these incredible night flyers up close as we open our moth traps from the previous night.

Times: 10.15am – 11.30am
Cost: £3 children (accompanying adult free)

Capturing Cley  - Saturday 19 August

Explore and film exciting coastal wildlife at Cley using handheld cameras. Then watch your films on the big screen in our education centre. All equipment provided.

Time: 10.30am – 1pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Bug Bonanza - Monday 21 August

We will forage among the foliage, searching and sweeping for any minibeasts which may be waiting. We’ll be there with our bits and bobs to catch any bug or beast for a closer inspection.

Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)

Pond Dipping - Wednesday 23 August & Monday 28 August

Join us at our custom built platform and learn about the wonderful wildlife that can be found in ponds and dykes. We will help you tell your boatman from your beetle larvae.

Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)

 

CLEY CALLING!

SUMMER SEA - THURSDAY 3 AUGUST – SUNDAY 6 AUGUST

As part of national marine week we will be exploring coastal wildlife, landscape and culture in North Norfolk. Join us for coastal explorations, family events, theatre, music and poetry inspired by the sea.

Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Coastal Cameras – Pinhole Photography - Thursday 3 August

Build your own pinhole camera from recycled materials and everyday objects and use them to capture unique perspectives of the local landscape and wildlife. We will transform the education centre into a darkroom and bring these ethereal images to life. Suitable for all ages.


Time: 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
Cost: £22 members, £26 non members

Evening Coastal Stroll & Coastal Supper - Thursday 3 August

An evening exploration around the reserve and along the shingle ridge taking in the sights and sounds of the North Norfolk coast along the way. Followed by a coastal supper on the terrace, which offers fantastic views across the marsh.

Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (includes price of supper)

Rockpooling - Friday 4 August

We will be rummaging in rockpools in search of life. Come along with sturdy shoes and keen eyes and help us carefully investigate the secrets of the shore. If you don’t know a barnacle from a belemnite, the experts will be on hand to identify your finds. Please arrive 15 minutes before to sign up.

Time: 10am – 11.30am
Venue: West Runton beach, meet outside beach café
Cost: £3 NWT members, £3.50 non-members. Additional charge for car park.
Booking: No need to book

Coastal Wildlife Talk - Friday 4 August

Andrew Cleave and Paul Sterry authors of ‘Collins Complete Guide to British Coastal Wildlife’ will deliver a beautifully illustrated talk about our fascinating coastal wildlife, from creatures and plants we are familiar with to those less well known.

Time: 2.30 pm
Cost: £6 NWT members, £8 non-members (price includes refreshments)

Stolen Years - James Boyd - Friday 4 August

The story of the Concord, a beautifully restored wooden boat dating from 1937. Extracts from Concord’s original logbooks provide the framework for a concert of music by guitarist James Boyd. Music will range from the lute fantasias of John Dowland and the haunting writing of Benjamin Britten through to traditional music and sea songs, interwoven with poetry.
Why not start your evening with a coastal supper on the terrace and a refreshing drink from our licensed bar. Food and drink available from 6pm.

Time: 6pm doors, 7.30pm performance
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non – members (food and drink additional cost)
Booking essential: 01263 740008 / www.wegottickets.com/cley

Marine Mayhem - Saturday 5 August

Free crafts and activities all day at the centre exploring the crazy underwater world and the animals that live in the deep blue sea. Including strandline scavenge and coastal creations events at the beach. See website for more details: www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Time: 11am – 4pm
Cost: Crafts free. Beach activities £3 per child

Pimms, Pizza & Poetry - Saturday 5 August

A relaxing evening of poetry and prose readings inspired by our stunning coastline, its landscape wildlife and culture. Poetry readings from Kevin Crossley Holland, Matthew Howard, Jonathan Ward, Joanna Guthrie and Martin Figura.

Time: 6.30pm doors & food. Readings from 7.30pm
Cost: £8 members, £10 non- members (Price includes one glass of Pimms & canapes. Pizza, additional food & drink available at an extra cost)

Norfolk Girl  - Sunday 6 August

The Norfolk Girl is a chapter from the children's book The Mystery of Mystery Mist by local author Karen Crane. In this in interactive puppet performance families will have the chance to bring the story alive and recreate a stormy evening at sea in their own fishing boat.

Time:  11am - 12.30pm or 2.30-pm - 4pm
Cost: £4 children, adults free

Underwater exhibition - Thursday 3 August – Monday 7th August

Throughout the festival there will be a stunning photograph exhibition in the education centre. Paul Sterry and Andrew Cleaves images bring to life the amazing creatures that live in our seas. Come and be transported to a world beneath the waves.