Top tips for seeing the bluebells at Pensthorpe

Bluebell Woods at Pensthorpe

Pensthorpe’s senior warden, David Robertson, has been keeping an eye on the woodland and has reported signs of the bluebells starting to bloom for the 2024 season. He estimates that in two weeks’ time, the woodlands will be in full bloom. Once the bluebells are in full bloom, they offer a captivating experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers. The vibrant bluebells create picturesque scenes – perfect for leisurely strolls, surrounded by their sweet fragrance.


Bluebell Woods at Pensthorpe

The bluebells at Pensthorpe are situated in our ancient woodland, just beyond the wildflower meadow. Each year, for a short window of time, this part of the woods is transformed into a blanket of vibrant bluebells. Blooming of the bluebells usually occurs in May and April.

An old railway line runs through the ancient woodland and used to be the Great Eastern line connecting Dereham to Wells via Fakenham. The ancient woodland is a great place to see:

  • bees nesting in the Ash trees
  • pingo ponds
  • bat roosting boxes
  • badger setts
  • deer
  • woodpeckers
  • buzzards

A great way to see the bluebells is with the Pensthorpe Explorer, which is running throughout the Easter holidays and continuing on weekends during term time.

Explorer Tours run at 2 pm and 3 pm for a small additional charge. The tour lasts for 45 minutes and takes visitors to parts of the reserve normally not seen by the public. Each tour is guided, with some great facts by one of the Pensthorpe team.


Pensthorpe’s top tip for visiting the bluebells:

  • Visit Pensthorpe in late April to early May for the best chance to see the bluebells in full bloom. Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.
  • Follow the designated walking paths to avoid trampling on the delicate flowers and preserve the natural beauty of the bluebell wood.
  • Take your time to wander through the bluebell-filled areas and the wildflower meadow – soak in the stunning sights and fragrant scents.
  • Bring a camera to capture the beauty of the bluebells and create lasting memories of your visit to Pensthorpe.
  • Consider visiting during the early morning or late afternoon for softer lighting and fewer crowds.
  • If you’re looking at visiting a few times to capture the full beauty of the bluebells, consider purchasing a membership as this will give unlimited access to Pensthorpe for a full year.


Bluebells are enchanting flowers that are beloved for their vibrant blue colour and delicate bell-shaped blooms.

Here are 5 top facts about these beautiful flowers:

  • Bluebells are a symbol of humility and gratitude in the language of flowers. They are often associated with gratitude and everlasting love.
  • Bluebells are native to Europe, particularly the woodlands, where they create stunning carpets of blue in the springtime.
  • Bluebells are also known as “fairy flowers” in folklore, as they are said to ring to call fairies to their gatherings.
  • Bluebells are an essential food source for bees and other pollinators, playing a vital role in supporting biodiversity.
  • In the UK, it is illegal to pick, uproot, or destroy bluebells in the wild due to their protected status under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.

Next time you come across a patch of bluebells, take a moment to appreciate these magical flowers and the wonders of nature they represent.