2018 National Conference programme

Walkers are Welcome National Conference 12-14 October 2018

Walkers are WelcomeWe have organised a varied series of events across the weekend – talks & walks – both indoors and outdoors (weather dependent). Costs for these exclusive events are included in your weekend payment. These are subject to change from weather and other circumstances. All walks at walkers own risk.

Numbers are limited for some, so places will be allocated on a first come basis.

Friday 12th

10.00A Guided Walk of Overstrand – 11.30, A Guided Walk of Overstrand

A 90 minute trail exploring “The Millionaires Village” and bringing to life the impact that the Great War had on this small rural community; includes the churchyard and the holiday home of Winston Churchill and homes linked to Overstrand’s Great War families. (max 15)
Start from The Belfry Centre, parking available


14.00, Felbrigg visit and Walk

An information sheet with suggested routes will be provided for you to explore this magnificent park and woodland. You may wish to visit the stunning Jacobean hall itself (National Trust entrance fees apply)

Ample car parking (£3 non-members)

14.00 – 15.30, Photography Walk

Join local photographer, Malcolm English, on a photography walk around Cromer.

Whether you are a ‘snapper’ with a camera ‘phone, or an experienced enthusiast, all will be welcome. Cromer offers a wealth of photographic subjects; from its iconic pier, beaches, lighthouse, fishing boats, rusty tractors, to moody narrow streets and attractive fishermen’s cottages.

During the walk Malcolm will explain how he uses his camera for a variety of subjects and help you to capture treasured images of your visit. (max 10)

cromer pier17.30 – 18.30, Welcome reception on Cromer Pier

Join us at the pier Tides Restaurant for a glass of wine and nibbles. Meet the Walk Cromer team and enjoy one of the best sea views in town.

19.00, Walkers Evening Meal at The Old Rock Shop Bistro

If we have enough interest, the Bistro will open specially for us with a planned menu (Pay for what you eat and drink).

Alternatively, you can book for an Evening with Elvis in the Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre, or an Evening of Choral Classics with the famous Norwich Cathedral Choir in Overstrand. You will need to book these direct:

  • 20.00 The Elvis Years. Book early. direct with Pier Pavilion Theatre, tickets £21.
  • 19.30 An Evening of Choral Classics with Norwich Cathedral Choir, from £12. thebelfrycentre.co.uk, admin@thebelfrycentre.co.uk, 01263 579 196, (quote ‘walkers’ to get a discount)

Saturday 13th

08.15 – 09.00, Conference venue open for registration (coffee and croissants)

The morning venue is the District Council Office on the edge of Cromer; we have been given use of the council chamber for the AGM.
Tick if you want transport to the venue. (We may organise pick ups from The Tourist Information Centre in Cromer between 08.15 – 9.00 if we have enough interest)

09.00-13.00, AGM and lunch

(For those not attending the AGM the morning is free for you to enjoy the town, or we can provide details of local walks. Your lunch venue is your choice.)

After lunch, make your way back to town (10min walk) , FREE TIME to explore Cromer

14.15The Outdoor Guide – 15:45, Talk & Films: Gina Bradbury. Holly Brega and Debbie North

Gina and her sister Julia Bradbury, set up The Outdoor Guide online resource, which aims to bring together inspiration and information for walks all around the UK and Europe.

In this talk we’ll hear about the inspiration behind The Outdoor Guide and how it began, stories and clips from Julia’s TV programmes, and find out about the many features of this online portal.

Debbie will talk about accessing the countryside from a wheelchair.
(max 60)

14.00Martin Warren, Geology Walk

Join geologist, historian and brewer Martin Warren on one of his fascinating coastal walks – let your imagination rip as we journey back in time. (max 20), This fascinating walk and talk will take all afternoon.

16:00, Town Walk

Discover the Cromer of World War Two, visiting key areas of fallen bombs and destruction.. (max 15)

16:00 – 17:00, Norfolk Trails: Russell Wilson

Hear about the developments, planning and background work behind this widespread & much used footpath network. (max 60)

18:30 for 19:00 Dinner at The Cliftonville Hotel

Sunday 14th

09.30, Launch of the Lifeboat

9.30 – 11.30, Photography Walk

Join local photographer, Malcolm English, on a photography walk around Cromer.

See above for full description (max 10)

Due to the excellent take up for our Sunday morning walks, our 10am Save a Life indoor session will not be taking place.

For those who wish to stay indoors there will be a selection of short films on Norfolk, walking & natural history. 

10.00, Geology Walk

Join geologist, historian and brewer Martin Warren on another of of his fascinating coastal walks – let your imagination rip as we journey back in time. (max 20), This fascinating walk and talk will take all morning.

11.30 – 12.30, Coastal management: Our Fragile and Historic Coast

Rob Goodliffe, our District Council Coastal manager, explains coastal management in North Norfolk. Hear about the challenges of managing coastal erosion and how it has changed. (max 60)

11.30 – 13.00, Walk

Join us for a gentle ramble around the local countryside, to the lighthouse and beyond (max 20)

14.15 – 15:30, Our Unique Chalk Reef – talk & films Rob Spray & Dawn Watson

Rob and Dawn are the regional co-ordinators of Seasearch, a volunteer project dedicated to protecting our marine environment.

This exciting illustrated talk will illuminate the secret world of one of the longest chalk reefs in the world with amazing underwater films & photographs.


Business Discounts

Several businesses are offering discounts to conference attendees – details are on the discounts page