Get Closer to Nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park

Get Closer to Nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park
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North Norfolk is a place of great natural beauty, and there are few better places to immerse yourself in nature than at the stunning Pensthorpe Natural Park. Situated near Fakenham, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a 700-acre modern nature reserve comprising wetlands, farmland, ancient woodlands, gardens and one of the largest wildflower meadows in Norfolk. This natural haven is the home to some 1,000 bird, plant and wildlife species.

Family Fun


At Pensthorpe, there is fun to be had for all the family. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing stroll around the stunning gardens, head to a bird hide to spot some birds and wildlife, see some red squirrels up close, or let the kids burn off some energy at the award-winning WildRootz or Hootz House eco-play areas.

Spectacular Gardens


Effortlessly weaving through the wilds of the reserve are five spectacular gardens including The Millennium Garden, designed by world-renowned naturalistic plantsman Piet Oudolf, and the serene, waterside Wave Garden by six-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner, Julie Toll. The naturalistic style of Piet Oudolf’s famous perennial drifts of sub-alpine, steppe and prairie plants in the Millennium Garden even saw Pensthorpe being named by The Times newspaper as one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in the UK in 2019. The gardens promise year-round interest and attract horticultural experts and gardening fans from all over the country. The traditionally managed Wildflower Meadow, one of the largest in Norfolk, is a haven for dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians and birds of prey.

Connecting with Nature


Thanks to the work of the charity based at Pensthorpe: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), visitors can see red squirrels up close and find out how Pensthorpe is working to bolster numbers, as well as seeing common cranes, corncrakes and its 49 resident greater flamingos.

Pensthorpe Natural Park is owned by husband and wife team Bill and Deb Jordan, who are passionate about encouraging children to connect with nature. Its eco-woodland play area, WildRootz, comes complete with a running stream that children are encouraged to splash in, tunnels, dens, towers and zip wires. Similarly, the award-winning indoor play area, Hootz House, is uniquely designed to replicate the outdoors, providing endless fun for families.

Upcoming Events

Pensthorpe hosts many special events throughout the year, with family events running during the school holidays, as well as garden tours, a Christmas market and after-dark experiences.

The Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair returns on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020, celebrating Norfolk as the birdwatching capital of Britain and showcasing the extraordinary species the county attracts. The weekend features expert talks from special guests, guided walks, pond dipping sessions, bird identification sessions, book signings and exhibitors. The 2019 event attracted talks from TV personalities Simon King OBE, Bill Oddie OBE, Mike Dilger and is an event not to be missed.

A gift shop and a courtyard café are also available and are free to enter. Parking is free. 

For more information about the Pensthorpe visit pensthorpe.com or call 01328 851465.

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