26 August 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News
HALESWORTH HERITAGE GEMS REVEALED
Top 5 free (or nearly free) activities for kids
SCHOOL’S out and the summer holidays are upon us – the kids may be excited, but for parents and guardians, having six whole weeks to fill can be daunting.
and Suffolk are bursting with family-friendly attractions and activities
that are guaranteed
to keep little ones entertained. We’ve taken all the stress out of finding things to do: whether free or paid, come rain or shine, close to home or out and about, we’ve got you covered.
Day at the beach With miles
spending a day at the beach is
must while simply
on our doorstep, the
‘HALESWORTH on the Map’ is the theme of this year’s Halesworth Heritage Open Days on the weekend of 21-22 September.
Held every two years since 2015, the Heritage Days give residents and visitors alike the chance to explore buildings they may have previously passed by and investigate aspects of the town’s history they knew nothing about. Nearly a dozen buildings will open their doors across the
weekend, among them the 16th-century Old Rectory, hidden away in beautiful gardens within a stone’s throw of the Thoroughfare, and Bank House, elegantly Georgian and stylishly restored and furnished in recent years.
Knowledgeable guides will be on-hand throughout the weekend to lead six different themed tours of the town while the newly-refurbished space of St. Mary’s Church
will play host to a mediaeval- style pageant focused on the lives of the de Argentein family, lords of the manor of Halesworth.
More details will appear in our next edition and a printed brochure will be available early in September with full details of opportunities on offer and booking arrangements.
and building sandcastles, or head
Cromer or Walberswick for a spot of crabbing. If your kids are a little older, the beach at Great
host to fantastic fireworks displays every Wednesday at 10pm throughout the summer holidays.
Walks and nature trails Boasting
coast, forests and fens, there are a wide number of well- maintained
Catchment Scale restoration on the River Blyth
throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, perfect for stretching your
legs and helping the sun
shines. Pack your bucket and spade and spend the afternoon
kids to burn off some energy. Combine
the stroll stained glass ornament. with
wildlife spotting – nature reserves such as Snettisham and NWT Hickling Broad are fab for this – or for intrepid explorers,
Playgrounds, parks and public spaces
Not to be overlooked, playgrounds
places to take the kids for a few hours of swinging, sliding and climbing. For lunch, pack up a picnic and head to your local park – you may even catch a summer fete, fair or festival taking
Splashpad on Gorleston Arts and crafts
Rainy days are inevitable, but the fun doesn’t have to stop if you’re stuck indoors. To entice
little ones away
from the television or games consoles, dig out the arts and crafts supplies and get creative. Pinterest is a godsend for inspiration on what you can make with the materials available to you – from decorating picture frames and finger painting right up to making your own spaceship or
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m for places to hunt near you.
Baking and cooking Similarly, rainy
or even sunny ones – offer up the perfect
opportunity – to do some collaborative
home baking or even teach the
chomping on the fruits of your labour together.
skill. Get them involved in chopping, weighing, mixing and decorating,
place, making for a great impromptu afternoon out. Need to cool off? Grab their swimwear and head to the
beachfront, a purpose-built wet outdoor play area.
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RIVERS are important wildlife
connect habitats together and they are home to a wide variety of important species, including otter and water vole. Rivers in Suffolk are a great resource for people and wildlife, but many suffer from issues like and sediment nearby
pollution land, as well
input from as
historic modifications that affect the way they flow through the landscape. This
Agency to is why Suffolk
Wildlife Trust are working in partnership with the Environment
tackle these issues on a catchment-wide scale on the River Blyth. A new approach for Suffolk Wildlife Trust Suffolk Wildlife Trust is not new to restoring
habitats and has learnt much from its restoration activities on the Little Ouse at Knettishall Heath nature reserve. However, working on a catchment-wide scale is an exciting new approach that will tackle the larger issues of flooding, diffuse pollution, sedimentation and
invasive non-native species such as Himalayan balsam. With a River Blyth Catchment Adviser in post to work alongside a team of volunteer River Wardens, this project, funded by a Water Environment Grant, will work with landowners and
communities to look
for opportunities for river restoration on a catchment scale.
River Restoration on the From the estuary, which
enters the North Sea at Southwold, to the non-tidal reaches and tributaries that wind their
towns, villages and farmland, the River Blyth is a beautiful feature of the Suffolk Coast. However, sections of the river suffer from pollution, sedimentation
straightening of the channel which means the river no longer provides the diverse micro-habitats
species rely on. In summer, the beds of
tributaries which feed the Blyth run dry, meaning they are unable to support invertebrates
wildlife. But then in winter, when the rain comes, the tributaries
with water, eroding soft banks and carrying silt and sediment downstream. The River Blyth restoration Project will see seven sites across the catchment restored in the first two years of the project, through tree planting,
control and the installation of log jams and flow deflectors. Get involved
If you would like to help
protect and restore the River Blyth, you can volunteer as a River Warden. There are opportunities
volunteer work on the river and to get involved in important surveys to assess its heath. For information about volunteering opportunities on the Blyth, sign-up to the Blyth river Wardens newsletter here. For more information contact
please the Blyth Catchment suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Alice Wickman, by emailing
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