A Broads Village will be a focal point at the Royal Norfolk Show for the first time this year.
The Broads Authority has worked with show organsiers to co-ordinate the village and reflect the importance of the Broads National Park to the industries, culture and landscape in Norfolk.
As Britain’s largest protected wetland and member of the national park family, the Broads is a unique destination with many organisations involved in its promotion and protection.
This new addition to the Show aims to help people understand the significance of the Broads, not only for visitors outside of Norfolk but for locals who can discover the wealth of opportunities available both on and off the water. It will educate everyone about this unique rural environment with a range of exciting, educational and fun experiences.
The Broads Village will be centred around a landscaped lake in the countryside area, and will bring together the many organisations involved in promoting and working in Broadland to exhibit and bring in activities for visitors to enjoy.
The central Broads village activity is the ‘breathing space’ tepee. The title references a Ted Ellis quote, who called the Broads a “breathing space for the cure of souls”, and now used as the tagline for National Parks UK. This will be a place for people to sit down and immerse themselves in the relaxing sights and sounds of the Broads National Park while sipping on a taster of Woodfordes’ Wherry. The tepee will be furnished with beanbags, straw bales and reeds, pipe in bird song and other sounds to a background of rolling imagery.
Visitors will also be able to step back in time on the Broads Authority’s traditional wooden Edwardian launch Liana, which will sit on the lake, and be taken through a virtual commentary of the trip she normally does at the Hoveton Visitor Centre.
There will be a chance to spot Broads minibeasts with pond dipping in our portapond, a marsh tools quiz and a chance to take a selfie as rare Broads wildlife.
Families can also make their own badges and decorative dragonflies and play pin the tail on the pony to promote the Broads Authority’s Pony Power giving scheme (sponsoring a crew of 25 ponies who help maintain various fens around the Broads by grazing them).
Other organisations taking part include: Waveney Stardust, Herbert Woods, Broad Skies Galleries, Broads Society, Wherry Yacht Charter, RSPB, Norfolk Paddle Company, Wild touch, Fly Fishermen, Hunter’s Fleet, Thurne Mill and Tour de Broads Paddle Revolution.