Pensthorpe Natural Park is one of the most amazing spaces in Norfolk, just 40 minutes from Norwich. It is a truly modern nature reserve, with over 700 acres of woodland walks, nature trails, lakes and a variety of habitats teaming with wildlife including wetlands, woodlands, farmland and grassland. In places it is a colourful wilderness alive with flowers; in others its a tranquil clearing in the shadow of majestic trees. And almost everywhere - ducks. Very friendly ducks.
With the aim of inspiring the next generation to take care of nature, the focus of the park is not just on education, but on making the outdoors fun and engaging. This year is their 30th birthday, and the park is celebrating by offering all visitors 30% off admission, and extra activities on the day! We're celebrating with them, so here are 30 reasons we love Pensthorpe!
1. The welcome party
We mean this feathered fanfare who just walked out the restaurant to say hello!
2. That you can delight in gardens within gardens
Check some of them out here
3. The gentle sound of the streams
An amazing antidote to busy roads and chatter of the city centre
4. The exciting array of different beaks to see
Such as this fella here
5. Bowers, archways and bridges
Get completely surrounded by nature!
6. Sculpture around every corner
Spot a massive stag, birds in trees, and a deceptively realistic foxglove...
7. Colour, EVERYWHERE
No filter necessary.
8. It’s wheelchair and pushchair accessible
There are designated paths marked on their park map
9. The photo opportunities
Wildlife spotting and Instabait alike...
10. You can use all your senses
There is so much to touch, hear, smell and see…
11. And you never tasted anything like their hot bacon, cheese and apple ciabatta!
12. The hairstyles
We mean this guy.
14. It’s PERFECT for a picnic
There’s loads of benches and grassy places, if you’ve brought your own sandwiches!
15. Getting up close and personal with nature
You can find special dispensers just for duck food, which is only 20p a a bag!
16. The Wave Garden
Designed by Julie Toll, the Wave Garden has gained international recognition by winning 7 gold and 2 silver medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
15. Whatever season you visit
In fact you should visit in every season, it’s stunning!
16. Interactive trails for children
Collect the stamps as you explore the park!
17. They've got flamingos!
18. You can get married there and pretend you’re in Italy
Or have a conference there and pretend you’re in Italy…
19. You can learn to be a photography ace
They run regular courses, and we could think of nowhere more idyllic to learn wildlife photography!
20. This friendly duck
21. It’s the home of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust
The trust works on ‘actively saving species’, such as red squirrels, corncrakes, turtledoves and cranes.
22. The 7,000 square-metre adventure play area, WildRootz
Featuring 11m high slide. Gasp.
23. Hootz House
An area designed with children in mind, that combines play with leaning about wildlife
24. They do special packages for groups and schools
25. And you can have your birthday party there…
26. The gift shop
Decorative rooster shaped salt and pepper shakers DO exist, and we love them.
27. Springwatch was filmed there!
Reas all about it here!
28. It provides a safe and protected home for all sorts of wonderful animals!
Find out more about the work of the Pensthorpe Trust.
29. You can explore the park in a Land Rover Trailer!
All aboard the Pensthorpe Explorer...
30. And I can’t tell you what noise this bird makes, but you need to visit to find out for yourself…It’s brilliant.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk