Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Comprising over 130 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is one of the most spectacular parts of the county. Taking in ancient fishponds, thousand-year-old trees, an extensive network of dykes and colourful flowerbeds, it makes a fantastic destination for an unforgettable afternoon stroll.
A number of trails meander their way through the protected area, giving visitors access to most parts of the woodland and waterway. Spend a day exploring these picturesque paths and discover this little slice of Norfolk for yourself.
There isn’t a set route around the site, but there are a number of designated footpaths for you to explore. Altogether, there are around three miles of paths criss-crossing Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. The paths are accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties, including those in wheelchairs, and there’s a sensory garden and bird hide for people with disabilities to enjoy.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is open 364 days a year and regular events and activities take place at the attraction in every season. Opening times vary throughout the year, so make sure you check what’s on before you travel. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is suitable for dogs.
This makes the attraction perfect for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden offers visitors a good choice of facilities. The on-site gift shop sells an excellent variety of cards, jewellery and locally sourced souvenirs. The tearoom offers a mouth-watering array of drinks and snacks and you can also stop by the plant shop to pick up a selection of lovingly reared plants.
Points of interest
There are a number of fascinating sights dotted around the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. The protected area is home to King Stephen’s Fishpond, a small body of water that’s so old it’s mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Some of the oak trees in the park are just as ancient as the pond, with experts estimating they’ve been growing in the area for over 950 years.
If you’re a fan of all things horticultural, you’ll love exploring the fantastic display of candelabra primulas. The best naturalised collection of these plants in the UK, they’re best seen in May. The garden is also home to a beautiful display of rhododendrons – especially imported from the Himalayas – and a stunning selection of camellias.
Whether you’re interested in plants, insects, birds or Norfolk’s beautiful natural habitats, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden makes a great destination for a day out. Once you’ve explored this expansive protected area, visit our site to find out more about other picturesque walks in the local area