26 August 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News


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.

Luckily, Norfolk

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

coastline a

of glorious

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

to Wells-next-the

paddling Sea,

Cromer or Walberswick for a spot of crabbing. If your kids are a little older, the beach at Great

Yarmouth plays

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

walking trails

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,

try geocaching

Playgrounds, parks and public spaces

Not to be overlooked, playgrounds

are invaluable

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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Baking and cooking Similarly, rainy

days –

or even sunny ones – offer up the perfect

opportunity – to do some collaborative

home baking or even teach the

kids a

chomping on the fruits of your labour together.

new cooking

skill. Get them involved in chopping, weighing, mixing and decorating,

then enjoy

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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River Blyth

RIVERS are important wildlife

corridors that

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

way through

towns, villages and farmland, the River Blyth is a beautiful feature of the Suffolk Coast. However, sections of the river suffer from pollution, sedimentation

and historic

straightening of the channel which means the river no longer provides the diverse micro-habitats

that many

species rely on. In summer, the beds of


tributaries which feed the Blyth run dry, meaning they are unable to support invertebrates

or other

wildlife. But then in winter, when the rain comes, the tributaries

are inundated

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,

invasive species

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

for practical

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 River Adviser

Alice Wickman, by emailing


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