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Pensthorpe Natural Park


Description

Did you know that Pensthorpe Natural Park is not just all about ducks? As well as appealing to nature and gardening enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and bird watchers, it also makes for a perfect day out for families and young children. Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction*, Pensthorpe is a modern day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors – without compromising on the tranquility and calmness that the reserve brings to so many regular visitors.

Former home of BBC Springwatch, the 700 acre reserve is a true showcase for British wildlife; beautiful gardens including one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows which is home to the famous harvest mouse who starred in the recent BBC’s Planet Earth Two series and; more recently, inspiring adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Red Squirrels, and cute ducks that will feed out of the palm of your hand; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s 'Actively Saving Species' projects including Operation Turtle Dove, the Great Crane Project and their Corncrake re-introduction programme. Hop on the Pensthorpe Explorer** for a behind the scenes tour to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley, enjoy home cooked food in the Courtyard café and shop in one of North Norfolk’s largest gift shops. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.

*EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards
**Seasonal activity with additional charge


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
27 reviews


Excellent
 
74%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
0%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

(July 2022 - Secondary School)




(July 2022 - Primary School)




Led by Pensthorpe education team, very little prep and organisation needed by the school. (July 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022)




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(June 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




Excellent organisation (June 2022 - Primary School)




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(March 2022 - Primary School)




(March 2022 - Primary School)




A really amazing place. Lots to do for children of all ages. The venue was clean and staff were very helpful and welcoming. (March 2022 - Secondary School)




(February 2022 - Primary School)




(February 2022 - Primary School)




Fantastic day. (December 2021 - Secondary School)




(December 2021 - Primary School)




(December 2021 - Primary School)




(December 2021 - Primary School)




Grreat (September 2021 - Primary School)




Excellent trip - lots to do, well organised, and very interesting (August 2021 - Secondary School)




Our first visit but we will definitely be returning...excellent venue (July 2021 - Primary School)




Wonderfull visit! Well planned and organised by Pensthorpe and we were well looked after and supported throughout our trip. Thank you so much (July 2021 - Primary School)




Fantastic trip, brilliant communication and organisation. Allan was excellent with the children. There was a fantastic balance between learning in the discovery centre and then hands on practical activities too. (July 2021 - Primary School)




Great site to visit (July 2021 - Primary School)




(June 2021 - Primary School)




(December 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




Contact

Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe
Fakenham
Norfolk
Nr21 0LN

Pricing

Child – £6.00

Accompanying adult (teacher or parent helper) – 1 FREE for every 5 paying children

Additional adults – £6.00

Child under 3 – FREE

Registered Carers – FREE

Opening Times

10am-5pm

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Description

Did you know that Pensthorpe Natural Park is not just all about ducks? As well as appealing to nature and gardening enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and bird watchers, it also makes for a perfect day out for families and young children. Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction*, Pensthorpe is a modern day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors – without compromising on the tranquility and calmness that the reserve brings to so many regular visitors.

Former home of BBC Springwatch, the 700 acre reserve is a true showcase for British wildlife; beautiful gardens including one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows which is home to the famous harvest mouse who starred in the recent BBC’s Planet Earth Two series and; more recently, inspiring adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Red Squirrels, and cute ducks that will feed out of the palm of your hand; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s 'Actively Saving Species' projects including Operation Turtle Dove, the Great Crane Project and their Corncrake re-introduction programme. Hop on the Pensthorpe Explorer** for a behind the scenes tour to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley, enjoy home cooked food in the Courtyard café and shop in one of North Norfolk’s largest gift shops. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.

*EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards
**Seasonal activity with additional charge

Pricing

Child – £6.00

Accompanying adult (teacher or parent helper) – 1 FREE for every 5 paying children

Additional adults – £6.00

Child under 3 – FREE

Registered Carers – FREE

Opening Times

10am-5pm

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Contact

Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe
Fakenham
Norfolk
Nr21 0LN

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
27 reviews


Excellent
 
74%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
0%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

July 2022 - Secondary School




July 2022 - Primary School




July 2022 - Primary School
Led by Pensthorpe education team, very little prep and organisation needed by the school.



June 2022




June 2022




June 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School
Excellent organisation



June 2022 - Primary School




March 2022 - Primary School




March 2022 - Primary School




March 2022 - Secondary School
A really amazing place. Lots to do for children of all ages. The venue was clean and staff were very helpful and welcoming.



February 2022 - Primary School




February 2022 - Primary School




December 2021 - Secondary School
Fantastic day.



December 2021 - Primary School




December 2021 - Primary School




December 2021 - Primary School




September 2021 - Primary School
Grreat



August 2021 - Secondary School
Excellent trip - lots to do, well organised, and very interesting



July 2021 - Primary School
Our first visit but we will definitely be returning...excellent venue



July 2021 - Primary School
Wonderfull visit! Well planned and organised by Pensthorpe and we were well looked after and supported throughout our trip. Thank you so much



July 2021 - Primary School
Fantastic trip, brilliant communication and organisation. Allan was excellent with the children. There was a fantastic balance between learning in the discovery centre and then hands on practical activities too.



July 2021 - Primary School
Great site to visit



June 2021 - Primary School




December 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School