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It’s fab Feb! Brilliant free things to do this month

Feeling up for some February fun , but your bank balance is protesting? We hear ya! Here's a ton of ideas for great things to do this month that cost absolutely nada.

Bright lights! Er, medium-sized city!

Norwich will be lit up from 17th-19th February as the spectacular Love Light Norwich festival comes back into town.

The city will be transformed each night between 5.30pm-10pm with dazzling installations, projections, performances and so much more. Make sure you watch the River of Love Procession, from 6pm on 19th, an aquatic themed spectacular which will see a fleet of illuminated boats, a huge octopus and luminous jellyfish flowing from the cathedral to Millennium Plain.

Catch a celebratory local art show

Great Yarmouth’s Yare gallery is onto a winner. It’s hip, it puts the spotlight on local artists and you can combine a visit with chips and a big walk down the sandy beach! Even better, it’s absolutely free to visit.

Don’t miss the Yare’s brand new exhibition, the oh-so aptly named Yarmouth Is Great, a varied celebration of Yarmouth and its colourful history which will be on show until 4th March.

Konichiwa! Be inspired by Japanese culture

You can try your hand at origami, sample Japanese calligraphy, have a Japanese taster lesson and so much more at Discover Japan, hitting The Forum in Norwich on 26th February.

The whole event is supported by The Japan Foundation – and it won’t cost you a penny to take part.

Take a walk on the wild side

Credit: Richard Osbourne

Norfolk is hardly short of beautiful walks – but don’t you always feel so jealous of people who can spot birds on the wing and name all the local plant life? Well, it’s time to start becoming one of those people!

Let local naturalist Chris Durdin take you on a guided walk around Thorpe Marshes with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on 15th February. It’s a wild and wonderful part of the Norfolk Broads, found just on the very edge of Norwich. Watch out, David Attenborough!

Whistle around a family wildlife trail

With sweeping parkland, sea views, a lookout gazebo and the chance to spot steam trains chugging across the horizon, Sheringham Park is already an utterly charming place to stretch your legs.

This month, however, you can also take your little ones on a free family hiberation-themed trail. Pick up the trail guide, watch out for animal clues and see if you can spot all ten creatures that are hiding around the Bower Garden.

Have all the fun of the fair

You know an event has something going for it when it’s been running for 800 years – and the King’s Lynn Mart, an epic fairground event, has been doing just that!

Filling Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place with bright colours, huge rides and bold lights between 12th-26th February, it’s just the pep we need in drab old February. Bring you small ones with you on 14th February, aka children’s day, when almost all the rides will be reduced to just one quid. Wheeeeeee!

Seal the deal!

This month marks your last chance this season to see the breeding Atlantic Grey seals at Horsey Gap – a must-do Norfolk experience.

Watching new mums and their unbelievably cute pups from the wild, sandy dunes is truly special. When you arrive at the beach you will be greeted by wardens, who will guide you to the best places to view the colony without disturbing the animals. It’s always good to check out Friends Of Horsey Seals before you set off, to make sure the seals are still about.

Looooove shack! Baby love shack!

Credit: Kieron Tovell

The stunning grounds of Holkham Hall are always ripe for a photo – but if you’re after a little extra Insta magic you might want to hunt down their pop-up ‘Love Shack’ down by the sweeping lake.

It’s appearing as part of the estate’s ‘Love Birds‘ themed half term series of events, many of which are also free. So what are you waiting for? “If you see a faded sign at the side of the road…”

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