Prizes to be won!

Take the nature inspired trail to find out what our jolly Natures Nutcrackers are singing this Christmas

Journey into nature

Explore magical gardens, adventurous play, and our stunning nature reserve

Run wild

Let the kids blow off steam at WildRootz, our outdoor play area

Conservation calls

Learn about our conservation efforts for some of the most endangered British birds

Someone special is visiting!

We’re super excited that Santa Claus has decided to set up his home here at The North Norfolk Pole!

Prizes to be won!

Take the nature inspired trail to find out what our jolly Natures Nutcrackers are singing this Christmas

Journey into nature

Explore magical gardens, adventurous play, and our stunning nature reserve

Run wild

Let the kids blow off steam at WildRootz, our outdoor play area

Conservation calls

Learn about our conservation efforts for some of the most endangered British birds

Someone special is visiting!

We’re super excited that Santa Claus has decided to set up his home here at The North Norfolk Pole!

Pensthorpe Rd, Fakenham

NR21 0LN

Welcome to Pensthorpe

Pensthorpe is the ultimate destination for discovery and an action-packed day out for the whole family. Here you can explore magical gardens, take a trail through our internationally recognised reserve, and get up close with feathered friends.

For little nature lovers, there are awesome indoor and outdoor play areas, off-road rides, and lots to learn. Don’t forget to wet your beak at our café and stop off at the shop too. Are you ready for adventure?

See what people are saying about Pensthorpe!

Sue S
Sue S
2022-06-17
Glow-worm walk Just wow!Richard and Amy led us on a glow-Worm walk along with a few other guests, and we weren’t disappointed at all.We saw Glow-worms (including a oair getting jiggy!), bats galore (common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, daubenton’s and noctule), heard a whimbrel, Muntjac deer, roe deer, tawny owl, water scorpion (a lifer for me!), a horse leech, tons of different moths! Pike!When we first started the walk we were treated to a lovely little hedgehog going about its business, such a delight to see, also a brown hawker dragonfly hawking midges.We arrived a little bit early so parked on the entrance road and saw…Buzzard, Muntjac, hare, rabbits, baby great spotted woodpecker, baby goldcrest, meadow brown butterfly, ringlet butterflies, gatekeepers and could hear the song thrush singing away. Lovely.At the end of the walk we were treated to a moth trap opening, another wow! There were small elephant Hawk-moths, swallowtail moth, light emerald, various carpets, muslin moth to name but a few.If you get the chance to book onto a glow-Worm walk, it is well worth it.
assisttrustlazar
assisttrustlazar
2022-05-27
A great day had by all slightly tired afterwards quite hilly those with lower mobility would strjuggle lovely cafe quite cheap the brownie was very nice and moistthe gluten free sausage rolls were very nice saw lots of ducks and geese and flamingos I personally doesn’t like how there were lots of birds flying and they got close to us lots of hand sanitizer stations and seating along the route at pensthorpestaff were friendly and helpful in the cafe
Philippa T
Philippa T
2022-05-08
Wonderful family day out We had a wonderful family day at Pensthorpe today and would highly recommend it. 2 adults, 2 seniors and 2 under 8 and we all came away saying what an amazing place it was. The sunshine helped but the birds were great, and the kids play areas (both inside and outside) were wonderful. Thanks for a lovely day and looking forward to going back when we are next in the area.
GrannyZoo
GrannyZoo
2022-04-30
A magical place We are a group of 49 older people and were dubious as the park seems to advertise itself as a place for children. How wrong we were! It was amazing and we found we had not allowed enough time to see everything. The birds, including those in the aviary and the flamingoes, cranes and water birds were all fascinating. There is also and excellent cafe and shop. This should be advertised with less emphasis on the children’s adventure playground and more about the wildlife. Superb.
BecLou2022
BecLou2022
2022-04-12
Amazing place. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Today we visited Pensthorpe for the first time and wow, we were really impressed. Lovely place, lovely walks and Great for Kids, the play area is amazing.. especially loved the obstacle course ropes. Didn’t visit the indoor play area as we were so occupied outside but it looked just as amazing! Cafe was great, reasonably priced and really quick service. A full fun day out! We will definitely be returning!
Rachel G
Rachel G
2022-04-12
Brilliant day We had such an amazing time! The kids didn’t stop running around having fun from the minute we got there. There is so much to do, we had children ranging from 2-10 years old and they all really enjoyed it. Beautiful walks with beautiful views, doing the golden egg treasure hunt as we walked round. A lovely day out for the whole family. We will definitely be back 😊
Choxbird
Choxbird
2022-04-03
Lovely Pleasant Place Pensthorpe Nature Park is a very pleasant place to visit … Lots of trails around the park lead to various lakes and bird hides where you can stop off and watch the birds and wildlife in an unspoiled environment … Nice gift shop too … Well worth a visit
Amy @ Our Whimsical World
Amy @ Our Whimsical World
2022-03-24
Possibly the best play area in Norfolk! I haven’t been to Pensthorpe since I was a kid, and let me tell you, it is so much better than I remember! The indoor and outdoor play areas are incredible! Add this to the natural and manicured areas of the park, and you have a wonderful family environment for a full day out.
Tracey R
Tracey R
2022-03-05
WONDERFUL PLACE TO VISIT This is a wonderful place. Plenty of hides through which to explore wildlife. We visited in March which isn’t the best month to come but it was peaceful and beautiful and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Cafe is also lovely. If you like walking, woods, wildlife, this is the place for you. I imagine it is quite stunning in late spring/summer.
BootsyEly
BootsyEly
2021-12-20
Fantastic even under present restrictions We went to the restaurant for a Christmas Sunday lunch. Nicki and all the staff we fantastic and the meal was hot and delicious.

Latest News

PCT

Release of endangered bird species at Sandringham Estate

A milestone for partners in large scale curlew release We’re pleased to announce that the Eurasian curlews that experts from our Pensthorpe Conservation Trust team hand reared from incubation in a purpose built facility were released at Sandringham Estate in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales yesterday (27th July 2021). This was a huge milestone… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

July 28, 2021

PCT

Volunteers’ Week 2021

Learn more about our super team of volunteers! This week was Volunteers’ week; a week to recognise and appreciate the hard work and contribution carried out by individuals all across the UK; we’re marking this week by celebrating the hard work of our wonderful group of volunteers we currently have as part of our Pensthorpe… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

June 6, 2021

Gardens

20 Star Plants

The Millennium Garden’s top 20 plants We’re celebrating 20 years of the stunning Millennium Garden – our wild, one-acre contemporary landscape designed by world-renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. There may be hundreds of plants set within the colourful borders but which ones are the stars to look out for? Head Gardener, Jonathan Pearce, gives us his top 20.… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

August 28, 2020

Old MacDonald had a farm... and so can you.

Day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas competition we have a couple of nature loving @orchardtoys games for you to win. 

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Nutcracker heaven.

On day 6 of 12 we have for you 2 Gisela Graham Nutcracker tree ornaments. Add some magic to your tree with these sought-after decorations. 

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6 Geese a laying 

On the 6th day of Christmas we have got for you - Nick Acheson talking about Greylag Geese.

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20 days to go.. and day 5 of the 12 days of Christmas competition 🎅

Today we have for you some Pensthorpe merch for you. Wet those beaks with one of our recycled BPA free double walled thermal insulated cups and recycled material notepad and pen. 

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On the 4th day of Christmas... @orchardtoys gave to me... to give to you... 2 amazing games 

Tummy Ache and Farmyard Heads & Tails is sure to keep your little ones entertained for hours!

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