National Trust says thank you to National Lottery players

The National Trust is opening its gardens at Blickling Estate for free to National Lottery players on Wednesday, December 13, as a thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a Lottery ticket.

National Trust places throughout the East of England have benefited from support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, meaning vital conservation projects and work to improve how we tell the stories of these special places can be completed.

Jo Bosch, marketing and visitor manager at Blickling. said: “Without grant support like this, we wouldn’t have been able to undertake some of our most important and innovative conservation work. Grant income, as well as help from members, supporters and volunteers allows us to look after special places for ever, for everyone. This is a small gesture of our thanks to National Lottery players.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card on December 13 will be admitted for free to participating National Trust places. Full terms and conditions, including the sites participating, can be found on the National Trust website.

This offer is part of a National Lottery celebration where a host of organisations which have benefited from Heritage Lottery funding offer free access, special offers or activities to say thank you.



Walk the walk and help cure Parkinson’s

People in Norfolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 13.
It is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2017.
Walk for Parkinson’s offers the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun and active day out, while helping the charity step ever closer to a cure.
There are a range of distances around the grounds of the estate on offer to suit everyone, including a 2.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from.
Last year, 114 people took part in the walk at Blickling Estate to raise an impressive £11,000 between them, and the charity hopes to boost the fundraising total even more this year.
Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011. Dave is encouraging as many people as possible to step up at the event.
He says: “In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.
“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.
“This year is going to be our most ambitious yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure. So please join us at Blickling Estate and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”
The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK T-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finishers medal.
The charity is hoping to raise over £400,000 from the 32 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.
All money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.
To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit:, call 0207 963 9367 or email

Blickling Estate plans for parking charges

Visitors to Blickling Estate who currently park for nothing in three free car parks may have to pay in the future.
The National Trust has submitted a planning application for new pay and display machines in the Fisherman’s, Woodgate and Bucks Common car parks, which are all dotted around the estate away from the hall. They are popular with dog walkers, runners and those who fish in the estate’s lake.

People already have to pay in the main car park near the hall and the project would extend the number of locations where visitors have to pay to four.

The application to Broadland District Council, which can be read online using the planning application number 20161485, also seeks to replace the two current pay and display machines in the main car park.

All five machines will be solar powered and able to take both cash and cards, while also featuring membership scanning facilities.

Trust members will not be charged for parking, but instead will be issued with a ‘zero charge’ ticket to display in their vehicles where a valid membership card has been scanned.

The application follows the launch of a nationwide project by the Trust to regularise its approach to charging for car parking.

The idea is to ensure consistency for visitors while raising funds to support the work required to upkeep car parks, footpaths and wider conservation to support nature.

The other benefit it will have to Blickling is that the registration of a member’s visit contributes to the amount of central funding available for the conservation work at an individual property. Under the current free parking arrangements at Blickling, a large amount of that central funding is lost as a result of members visiting the estate and proceeding into the parkland without scanning their membership cards.


Join Team GB at parkruns

The Olympics may be over but now it’s your chance to give it your all and be a part of Team GB.

This Saturday (27 August) I Am Team GB is hosting the nation’s biggest ever sports day with sporting events taking place in every corner of the country.

Broadland District Council is inviting everyone to get involved by attending one of the three free parkruns which take place in the district every Saturday at 9am in Blickling, Brundall and Catton. Everyone is welcome to attend, from beginner to Olympian.

On-the-spot prizes of I Am Team GB goodies will be presented to lucky participants at Catton parkrun, Catton Park, Oak Lane, where runners will be joined by volunteer Paul Evans, who competed in the Olympic 10,000m finals in Barcelona and Atlanta. At Blickling parkrun, Blickling Park, runners are invited to attend in red, white and blue or fancy dress to celebrate the day and Countryside Park, Postwick Lane in Brundall will be decorated for the occasion.

ITV will be shutting down all seven of their channels from 9.30-10.30am on Saturday to encourage viewers to go outside and join in with the I Am Team GB day.

“We’ve all enjoyed watching the Olympics and getting behind Team GB as they represented their country and I’m now counting down the days until the Paralympics begin. I can’t think of a better way to carry on the Olympic spirit than getting involved with the I Am Team GB day,” said Claudette Bannock, member champion for sport at Broadland District Council. “The council supports sport all year round from offering grants to local sportspeople to the Broadly Active scheme which aims to get us all fit and healthy.”

Get involved with the day by tweeting your sporting selfies with #IAmTeamGB.

New runners at the parkrun are asked to register online, print and bring along their unique barcode in order to get a recorded time for the run. Visit to register and to find your nearest parkrun.

To find a new sports clubs or activity in your area, visit

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