Norfolk

Norfolk Photography Weekend Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
United Kingdom, Europe, Norfolk
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
SNFK
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

3 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Enjoy a long weekend in Norfolk staying on a private farm with five star facilities within 500 acres of land, with the river Wensum running through the property. Led by Paul Goldstein, this farm has been in his cousin's family for almost 100 years. These photo workshops coincide with spring tides at the wader spectacular at RSPB Snettisham where over 100,000 birds can display. The whole coastline and indeed North Norfolk is photogenic and although this may not be the Masai Mara Conservancies or the Poles it is an extremely enjoyable few days in good company and fantastic venue. 

This photographic workshop has been covered by both the Sunday Times, The Independent and BBC Wildlife films.

At a Glance

  • Two nights at Castle Farm
  • Two and a half days of activities
  • Group normally 6-10, plus leader. Min age. 16 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Learn from an award winning wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein
  • Stay on a private farm with five star facilities

Is This Trip for You?

There will be two early starts and some long days. This trip is not considered to be physically demanding but reasonable fitness level is required. It is a good healthy walk to the birds in Snettisham. This bird spectacular is among the finest avian sights in Europe and less than an hour from the farm. There are also opportunities for some coastal photography as well as other scenic moments in and around the farm. Paul knows this area almost as well as the Masai Mara and will be doing his best to maximise your time in this beautiful area of East Anglia.

If you are unwell or showing any potential signs of illness please do not attend or inform us of your situation once booked if you develop late symptoms.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
10

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Norfolk
End City:
Norfolk

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Castle Farm in Norfolk

    Our trip begins at Castle Farm in Norfolk. 

    Please arrive by 12.00 midday to be ready for the afternoon activities on the same day.

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Full day photography activities

    Full day photography activities led by Paul Goldstein.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    More activities; end Norfolk

    We enjoy some more photography activities in the morning. Following late brunch, we say our goodbyes in the afternoon.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch

Accommodation

Farm

Carricks at Castle Farm

Carricks at Castle Farm is a 5-star award winning guest house, located on the banks of the River Wensum in the parish of Swanton Morley, in an extraordinarily unspoilt area of the mid Wensum Valley. It has been the home of the Carrick family for almost 100 years.

It is a working farm with cattle and a couple of dogs. Covid protocols have been introduced at Castle Farm and there is plenty of space on the estate, two dining rooms to maintain social distancing and 550 acres of space on the farm! All rooms are en suite.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All meals and soft drinks are included. If you want to bring your own alcohol, there are plenty of fridges for this. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking. Breakfasts are locally sourced and grown-up size as are dinners.

Transportation

Transportation will be self-drive. Parking charges will have to be paid locally.

Joining Instructions

Carricks at Castle Farm is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from London and it is only accessible by car.

 

The address is:

 

Carricks At Castle Farm

Swanton Morley

Dereham

Norfolk

NR20 4JT.

 

From the A47 take the B1147 (signposted) to Swanton Morley. At Darby’s Free House, take the Elsing Road. After 1/2mile you will see the sign for Castle Farm on the left-hand side of the road.

 

Please arrive by 12.00 midday to be ready for the afternoon activities on the same day.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Norfolk
Location end:
Norfolk

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Walking trousers
  • Waterproof breathable jacket
  • Camera equipment
  • Tripods
  • Assortment of lenses
  • Laptop

Please also bring your best ten wildlife images for a little brave clinic action.

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Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated.

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Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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