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10 ways to … get kids begging to go out for a walk

PUBLISHED: 17:36 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:36 17 May 2018

Paws in the Park on the Ditchingham estate. 

Picture: James Bass

Paws in the Park on the Ditchingham estate. Picture: James Bass

... or at least not complaining too much because there are disgusting diseases, wildlife, treasure hunts or hundreds of dogs involved in these walks in Norfolk and Suffolk over the next few weeks

1 Add murder, executions, ghosts, witches, disgusting diseases and vile stinks.

The Horrible History of Ipswich walk lures children, and their grown-ups, into a two-mile time-travel adventure, beginning at the Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church.

The walk is part of the Suffolk Walking Festival, three weeks of wonderful walks, many ideal for families.

The Horrible History of Ipswich - For Families! is aimed at families with children aged between seven and 12.

Book your tickets for the 10.30-12.30 walk on June 1 by calling 01473 260159 or visiting suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

2 It’s only a mile, and then are there sports and games.

The Walk in the Park at Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, is part of Lowestoft Rising’s Golden Mile series of walks and includes child-friendly fun at Lowestoft Museum and activites in the park organised by OneLife Suffolk and Premier Sports.

The free walk is from 10-11am on May 29. More details from 01473 260159 or suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

3 Hunt for treasure

An introduction to geocaching includes a three-mile circular walk with experts helping walkers hunt for caches at Knettishall Heath, near Thetford on May 19, 1-4pm There are plenty of caches, of all shapes and sizes, including some with toys to swap.

Borrow gps units and clues from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust or download a geocaching app on your phone. Tickets should be booked by calling 01473 260159 or visiting suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

4 Find wildlife

Explore Arger Fen, near Assington, Bures, armed with a special book to record animals, birds, trees and flowers.

The two-mile fun family walk on Thursday May 31, 10.30am-12:30pm can be booked by calling 01473 260159 or visiting suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

5 Add smuggling and murder

A guide will take you around the historic fishing quarter of King’s Lynn, and include true stories of smuggling and murder.

The free circular North End and Port of Lynn walk is part of the Hanse Festival in King’s Lynn and begins at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum at 2pm on Sunday, May 20. kingslynnhansefestival.co.u

6 Join hundreds of dogs

Go for walkies in Paws in the Park at the Ditchingham Hall estate, near Bungay, and see hundreds of dogs, of all colours, shapes and sizes, in beautiful surroundings.

And you don’t even have to own a dog to enjoy the event, held just once every two years. Paws in the Park allows hundreds of dogs and dog lovers to enjoy parkland normally closed to the public and raise money for local charity All Hallows Healthcare Trust. The walks, from 10.30am-noon this Sunday May 20, wind past a lake, stream and woodland and there will also be the chance to try dog agility with your pet, pose for the pet photographer, enjoy a dog show and browse stalls.

For more details call 01986 892728 or visit ditchinghamestate.com

7 Party in the park

The free Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and takes over the park this Saturday and Sunday May 19-20.

Marvel at breath-taking circus, watch puppets come to life, explore intriguing illusions and encounter strange beings from another planet.

Performances include The Bewonderment Machine and The Playground of Illusions by the Travelling Light Circus.

nnfestival.org.uk

8 Add fossils and a beach

Fascinating Fossils walks begin at the end of this month, and then run in the school summer holidays, at West Runton, Sheringham.

Find out about the amazing creatures which lived here millions of years ago – and maybe even find a fossil to take home.

The next Fascinating Fossils walk is at 10am on Tuesday, May 29, beginning outside the beach café. norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

9 Involve tractor rides, tree climbing and horses

See a livestock show, dressage display, ride a horse simulator and have lots of interactive hands-on fun as you walk around the Otley campus of Easton and Otley College, near Ipswich.

The annual Big Day Out is aimed at potential students, parents and the local community, 10am-4pm, Sunday May 20. www.eastonotley.ac.uk

10 Include a treasure hunt

A self-guided tour through Norwich take families from the Castle to the Cathedral via a series of clues and centuries of history

The walk is just over a mile but takes in everything from prisons to film sets and can be bought as a printed copy or downloaded, from Curious about Norwich curiousabout.co.uk/norwich

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