Thank you so much for your support and patience during these difficult times. The stewardship of nature in Norfolk has become harder than ever during the pandemic. At the same time, it has been wonderful to hear so many of your stories of finding solace and delight in nature to relieve some of the hardship caused by lockdown.

In line with the governments Covid 19 Response Spring 2021, Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be following a phased and cautious reopening of our visitor centres on 12 April. We look forward once again to welcoming visitors to our sites and as the guidance continues to progress, we have been working hard to adapt to new procedures and safety measures which will enable our centres to reopen, albeit with some restrictions still.

Coronavirus news

2021-03-01 Covid update - roadmap to reop Covid update - roadmap to reopening
Monday 01 March, 2021
In light of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, Norfolk Wildlife Trust will reopen its visi...
2020-12-23 Closed until further notice Closed until further notice
Wednesday 23 December, 2020
Update: 8 January 2021 All NWT car parks and reserves currently remain open, except Ranworth Broad car park which is...
2020-11-03 Norfolk Wildlife Trust to clos Norfolk Wildlife Trust to close visitor centres
Tuesday 03 November, 2020
The visitor centres at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves will close this week in line with the Governmen...
2020-09-18 Events programme to be reduced Events programme to be reduced
Friday 18 September, 2020
We are reducing the number of events this autumn as a precautionary measure and to comply with Government guidelines....
2020-07-15 Coronavirus update: Norfolk Wi Coronavirus update: Norfolk Wildlife Trust opens Cley Marshes visitor centre
Wednesday 15 July, 2020
A ‘brew, a loo and a view’ as Norfolk Wildlife Trust reopens the visitor centre at its flagship nature re...
2020-07-12 Reopening Update Reopening Update
Sunday 12 July, 2020
18 August 2020 From Wednesday 19 August we are trialling reopening two of the hides at NWT Hickling Broad and Marshe...
2020-06-05 Check before you come to the N Check before you come to the Norfolk Coast
Friday 05 June, 2020
Organisations along the Norfolk Coast are working hard to make the area of outstanding natural beauty safe for visito...
2020-05-21 ‘Don’t come yet’ plea from Nor ‘Don’t come yet’ plea from Norfolk Coast
Thursday 21 May, 2020
Severe lack of open car parks, toilets and catering facilities puts visitors and residents in the area of outstanding...
2020-05-13 Coronavirus Update Coronavirus Update
Wednesday 13 May, 2020
Update Friday 19 June and Friday 26 JuneThe beach car park at Cley Marshes is now open. The visitor centre, toilets a...

Answers to frequently asked questions

Current access restrictions at our visitor centres 

Our visitor centres at Cley and Salthouse Marshes, Hickling Broad and Marshes and Holme Dunes will open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm, from Saturday 5 December. From Monday 21 December, the visitor centre at Cley Marshes will be open daily (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

The visitor centres at Holme Dunes and Hickling Broad are then open Saturday 26 to Monday 28 December, and Friday 1 January to Sunday 3 January 10am-4pm.

Hides at reserves will reopen from Wednesday 3 December. We look forward to welcoming you back!

The closure of hides 

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount. Following on from the Government's new guidance, the hides at all nature reserves will be closed from Thursday 5 November.

Parking at NWT Holme Dunes 

The sheer volume of people on the coast has resulted in an uncharacteristically busy season for our coastal nature reserves. At Holme Dunes the NWT car park is proving extremely popular and at times reaches capacity.  In order to keep traffic manageable and safe for everyone, we currently operate a one car in/one car out policy once the car park is full.  

We are trying to manage the high visitor numbers as effectively as possible and are continuing to assess our ways of working at Holme. We are therefore reviewing staffing levels and social distancing/car parking spaces to help manage pressure on the site and in turn, your experience when visiting.   

We cannot currently enable a pre-bookable approach or members-only car parking given the logistical challenges of the infrastructure and vehicle access to the site. We strive for all our nature reserves to be accessible. Although we are aware that the majority of our users at Holme are members, we endeavour to keep it as inclusive as possible, making it available to some of those who may be visiting a nature reserve for the very first time. Nevertheless, we are keen to improve access for members and this is now being reviewed.