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10 ways to...take a walk and discover something new in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex from March 17, through the weekend, and beyond

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 March 2017

The St Winnold's Fair parade in Downham Market is led by a shire horse

The St Winnold's Fair parade in Downham Market is led by a shire horse

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Science, treasure hunts, shire horses, pram walks, bird walks and more for an illuminating weekend

1 Six scientists will be busy doing their scienctific thing around the streets of Norwich tomorrow, waiting to be discovered. Families can follow the free Science Treasure Hunt to find the scientists, see the science, learn about how how science shapes our lives and enjoy exciting hands-on experiments and activities.

The six science stands will focus on: the science of tea, the science of sound, amazing animals, electric bacteria, the chemistry behind smell, and solar science. The treasure hunt has been created by members of British Science Association Norwich as part of British Science Week. To join the fun simply pick up a free map and clues at the Forum, and if you collect all six stamps there is a prize draw too. The treasure hunt runs from 10am to 5pm and should take around two hours to complete, including enjoying the science activities at each stop.

2 Have a go at geocaching. At Dunwich Heath there are three geocaching trails to choose from and each geocache has fascinating information about the place where it is hidden. The National Trust can loan a GPS unit and explain how to get started. This weekend the Dunwich Heath shop and tearooms are open 10am to 4pm and the heath is open from dawn to dusk. National Trust, Coastguard Cottages, Minsmere Road, Dunwich, Suffolk, IP17 3DJ

3 A shire horse leads the annual St Winnold’s Day Parade from the town council offices to the town hall in Downham Market, from 9am today. In the Middle Ages Downham’s annual horse fair was one of the biggest in Europe, with more than 10,000 horses changing hands in a single day at its peak. Today’s procession includes town dignitaries, and ponies and traps, commemorating the granting of Downham’s market charter more than 950 years ago.

4 The Alde Estuary Walk for Early Birds is a chance to enjoy an early morning walk with a hint of adventure. See, and hear, the birds around Snape Maltings from 7.30-10am on Sunday. The walk is suitable for people with any level of bird knowledge from beginner through to brilliant, and for families with children aged over eight. Advance booking essential, £15 per person.

5 A wild pram walk in the woods is on the agenda at Brandon Country Park, with a chance for toddlers and their families to walk, run, see, play, splash, find, collect, learn and enjoy. The free walk is organised by the Norfolk Pre-School Learning Alliance, beginning at 1.30pm.

6 From Camulodunum to Colchester, a guided walk takes visitors to Colchester back almost 2,000 years.

For just £4.30 per person tomorrow’s tour, starting at 11am at the Visit Colchester centre in Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, takes visitors through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street - only minutes away from each other, but with a very different stories to tell. For more information see www.visitcolchester.com

7 Find out whether Grandfather was a Second World War hero with The Little Story Telling Company in Old Buckenham, near Attleborough. The event, on Sunday, is part of British Science Week and helps children find out how scientists follow DNA clues to find out about the past. There will also be a chance to make a DNA helix from sweets.

The free places for this journey into the past must be booked by contacting The Little Story Telling Company on tlstc@outlook.com or 01953 860080.

8 Banham Zoo has another British Science Week event – showcasing biology, physics and chemistry with regular entertaining and educational talks by the keepers.

9 At Holywells Park in Ipswich there is a chance for youngsters, aged 10-15, to get to grips with practical conservation activities between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Sunday. Run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the children-only event is free but booking is essential via www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

10 Finish a busy, fun-packed, fact-packed day with an evening stroll through King’s Lynn and see some of its most beautiful buildings illuminated by projections celebrating the art and architecture, science and history of the town. Lynn Lumiere runs from dusk until 10pm every evening.

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