Dazzling display of tulips lights up the Norfolk landscape in King’s Lynn

Tulips first arrived in Britain in 1907 when Frederick Culpin brought in 100 bulbs of six different varieties and established the British tulip fields.

By 1935 more than 300 people were visiting the fields, arriving from London by train and bus to witness the coming of spring.

This number had increased to more than 100,000 people by 1949 and special daily sightseeing routes were established to enable the visitors to see the best of the day’s blooming flowers.

At the beginning of the 20th century more than 3,000 acres of tulips were grown in Norfolk and Lincolnshire, but in recent years the industry has almost been wiped out as farmers turned to more profitable vegetables and cereals.

The magnificent tulip fields come as Britain sees cooler weather this week, with a grey day today across England and Wales.

Tonight will see outbreaks of rain across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whilst Scotland will see a mix of clear spells and showers.

Tomorrow will be a changeable day with sunny spells and blustery showers. Some of the rain will be heavy, with a risk of hail and thunder.

Thursday will see sunshine and heavy, blustery showers and Friday is expected to be showery in the north, but cloudier in the south with rain and drizzle.

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