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30 things we LOVE about Pensthorpe Natural Park...

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 wetlandswoodlandsfarmland 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!

The first of many ducks!
The first of many ducks!

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

One of the beautiful streams at Pensthorpe
One of the beautiful streams at Pensthorpe

4. The exciting array of different beaks to see

Such as this fella here

The wetland habitats
The wetland habitats

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... 


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Some of the abundance of colour at Pensthorpe
Some of the abundance of colour at Pensthorpe

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...

Plenty of photo opportunities both in the water and on land!
Plenty of photo opportunities both in the water and on land!

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.

Winner of 'duck of the day'
Winner of 'duck of the day'

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. 

'Birds' in the Wave Garden
'Birds' in the Wave Garden

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…

The beautiful Italian-inspired Garden Room & Water Court
The beautiful Italian-inspired Garden Room & Water Court

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

Lovely duck!
Lovely 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


Wild Rootz Adventure Play
Wild Rootz Adventure Play

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.

Pensthorpe's gorgeous Gift Shop
Pensthorpe's gorgeous Gift Shop

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.

Ross snow ducks!
Ross snow ducks!


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