Pensthorpe Natural Park
Set in the beautiful Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Natural Park is more than just a showcase for conservation and wildlife. Home to some of the nation’s rarest and most endangered wildlife, the park’s ethos is to encourage children to 'swap WiFi for wildlife' with a clever approach to nature education through adventure play. Encountering flamingos, cranes and red squirrels among others, the Park offers a fun-packed day out for children of all ages. Discover four nature-inspired gardens and see spectacular wildlife in one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows. Absorb the structural beauty of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden which looks spectacular at its peak in late summer, admire the sculptures as you meander through the WaveGarden and visit the Wildlife Habitat Garden with bees, bats and butterflies. For families, the Park offers an exhilarating and fun day of adventure play and activities.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Network of hard surfaced pathways ensures access around some of the reserve
- Facilities: Parking for the disabled
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily Jan-Feb 10-4; Mar-Jun & 4 Sep-Dec 10-5; Jul-4 Sep 9.30-6 (last admission 1hr before closing). WildRootz & Hootz House closes 30mins before park
Also in the area
About the area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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