Head to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden during the summer holidays for a family wildlife adventure. There are Wild Wednesdays, 'BugsBirdsBeasts' canoe trails and boat trips.
Fairhaven is home to 130 acres of wild and natural plantings with almost four miles of woodland pathways to explore, it's a real haven for wildlife. Throughout the summer holidays there are events taking place where you can get a closer look at nature in the great outdoors. Sundays are bug days from 11am to 3pm with different events each week. July 30th - Butterflies Galore, 6th August - The Big Bug Hunt, 13th August - There be Dragons, 20th August - Bug Bingo and 27th August, Fling Critters! Drop in activity on the staithe to take part, £2 per child in addition to garden entry.
Throughout summer, Wednesdays are dedicated to getting up-close and hands-on with different areas of the woodland and water garden. These events are suitable for all ages and are included in the garden entry charge. It's a chance to chat to the garden experts and find out about everything from flowers to fungi. Here's what's coming up: 2nd August - Marvellous Molluscs, 9th August - Terrific Trees, 16th August - Beautiful Bugs, 23rd August - Fabulous Fungi, 30th August - Magnificent Moths. Experts will be on the staithe 11am-3pm.
If you've never been to the ruins of St Benet's Abbey, this is the perfect way to travel there. Over 1000 years ago, this tranquil spot on the River Bure was a thriving monastery. Boat trips from Fairhaven Garden include a 45 minute tour of the Abbey so you can learn more about its fascinating history. Catch the boat on Saturdays (29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August, 26th August, 2.15pm to 4.30pm). Due to the uneven ground at the abbey, this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users. Ticket £17.50 adult (£12 Fairhaven member), £11 child (£8 Fairhaven member). Booking is advisable, call 01603 270449 or book online.
There's no better way to experience the Broads waterways than by canoe where you can explore with the water literally at your fingertips. The expert guides at Free Spirit Canoe Tours are running trails from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 4pm on Thursdays and Sundays from now until 31st August. Tickets: £18 adult, £12.50 child 10-16, £9.50 child 5-9. All tickets include garden entry. Book your trip by calling 01603 270449 or book online.
See a full list of Fairhaven events on the website
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction. The garden is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), and on Wednesdays until 9pm to the end of August. Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales. Garden entry is adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85 (under 5 free).
There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads with a small charge to cover poop scoop.
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