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The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers many opportunities for outdoor and environmental education.

If you are organising your own visit to the coast, please help us to record educational activity in the Norfolk Coast AONB by reporting your visit to the visit venue manager or landowner, who will also be happy to provide advice prior to your visit.

It is particularly important to contact the venue if bringing a large group or arriving by coach.

Educational Resources

We have produced resources which are linked to some of our project areas. These contain an activity plus links to further themed resources, outreach and visit opportunities.






Group visit Code of Conduct activity.pdf 

Holme Dunes

Provider: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Explore NWT Holme Dunes (5 miles from Hunstanton) with your group. There are a range of coastal habitats including sand dunes, freshwater pools, grazing marsh and saltmarsh and much of the site consists of natural habitats maintained largely by coastal processes.

For more information, please get in touch: [email protected]


Provider: Holkham Estate

The combination of a stunning rural location, diversity of habitats and heritage of historic buildings means that Holkham offers extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Stretching from Burnham Overy in the West to Blakeney in the East, Holkham National Nature Reserve covers over 3,000 hectares and comprises of five main habitats sand and mudflats, sand dunes, salt marsh, woodland and grazing marshes.

Home to a herd of fallow deer, Holkham Park covers 3,000 acres and includes a mile long lake and the largest Walled Garden in Britain. Housed within the Park is an 18th century Palladian mansion (still a family home) and an interactive exhibition bringing to life local food production and the history of the estate.

Find out more on the Holkham website >

Cley Marshes

Provider: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

NWT Cley Marshes is Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best-known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country.

The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reedbed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.

Visit Cley Marshes to study these diverse habitats and find out about the processes that shape our coastline.

For more information, please get in touch: [email protected]

Sheringham Park

Provider: National Trust

Sheringham Park’s enchanting landscape of woodland, parkland and coastal cliffs offers an outstanding opportunity for outdoor learning with a wide range of activities from early years and upwards. All guided sessions are linked to the National Curriculum and tailored to your year group.

Find out more on the National Trust website >

The Broads

Provider: Broads Authority

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It’s also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK.

The Broads overlaps with the Norfolk Coast AONB along the east coast of Norfolk, around Horsey.

Find out more on the Broads Authority website >

Titchwell Marsh

Provider: RSPB

School groups are welcome by appointment. Guides and activity leaders can usually be arranged on request. Self-led trail sheets and activity sheets that support Key Stage 1-4 learning objectives are available.

Find out more on the RSPB website >


Provider: Sandringham Estate

A wide range of themes for study for schools and student groups can be provided including pre-booked self-guided visits and a range of themed Educational Workshops.

Find out more on the Sandringham Estate website >

Outreach opportunities

Norfolk Wildlife Trust offers a wide range of education sessions in school grounds. The hands-on, curriculum-linked sessions provide children and young people with opportunities to discover, explore and take action for wildlife.

For more information, please get in touch: [email protected]

Residential opportunities in the AONB

Aylmerton Field Study Centre >

Kingswood Learning Centre, West Runton > 

Kingswood Learning Centre, Overstrand >

Hilltop Activity Centre >

Further useful education information


Visit Evolve, Norfolk County Council’s on-line visits planning and approval system >

North Norfolk District Council

Information on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast and a wealth of information for all ages in its Coastal protection section.

Countryside Classroom

Resources for schools on food, farming and the natural environment can be found at: countrysideclassroom.org.uk >

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (LOtC). The LOtC Quality Badge is the only national accreditation that recognises both learning and safety for all types of learning outside the classroom providers and is endorsed by the Department of Education. https://www.lotc.org.uk/

LEAF Education

Working to engage, inspire and motivate young people through experiential learning, to equip future generations with balanced and informed insight into food production, farming and the environment. https://leaf.eco/education/leaf-education

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