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Celebration of the Norfolk coastline as Burnham Deepdale festival returns

Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival at Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale. Sebastian Ashton and Alex Green from the National Trust Norfolk Coast team. ENGANL00120130422101727

Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival at Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale. Sebastian Ashton and Alex Green from the National Trust Norfolk Coast team. ENGANL00120130422101727

Those heading to North Norfolk over the weekend to try sailing might also want to pop into the Burnham Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival for a celebration of the stunning coastline.

Over 2,000 flocked to the inaugural event last May to enjoy a range of free outdoor entertainment and activities in the sunshine, and organisers are expecting an even bigger turn out for 2014.

Taking place over May 10-11, the festival works to highlight the coastline, countryside and wildlife the area is known for by celebrating the fresh sea air, big blue skies, salt marshes, woods and fields – nature at her best.

One of the organisers, Jason Borthwick, said: “We have an even wider mix of activities and organisations attending this year which will be fantastic. We have a second chainsaw carver after people really enjoyed the demonstrations last year and there will be plenty to be doing.

“The dog show was really popular last year and I’m sure it will be again because it is all about having fun. It’s not just for the top breeds, even the mutts can come along and win a prize!”

The Deepdale Outdoor and Wildlife Festival offers stands, entertainment and activities inspired by the outdoors, including walking, cycling, birding, wildlife-watching, kiting, watersports, a climbing wall, archery, dog agility, orienteering and guided walks among others.

Jason said: “This year it just feels like we have a really nice mix of stuff and we’ll have all the major birding and wildlife charities there as well. It’s coming together really nicely now.

“It’s just so easy for people to come out and see us, and it’s a free event.”

The festival is an Earthday Event, part of the worldwide series of events around the annual Earthday organised to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.

Throughout the weekend, the regular shops and Deepdale Café at Dalegate Market will be open.

For more information, or directions, go to www.www.deepdalefarm.co.uk

 

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