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Enjoy an Enchanting Christmas at Pensthorpe Natural Park

Christmas is an enchanting affair at Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham, as twinkling festive lights adorn parts of the 700-acre nature reserve and special winter events draw visitors in from the cold.

From the warmth of the viewing gallery join Pensthorpe’s resident experts for their magical daily Floodlit Feeds, which take place at 4pm from 1 to 31 December 2018, and 3pm from 1 to 31 January 2019. Watch the birds gather for their afternoon feed as the sun sets over Mill Pond and the surrounding Wensum Valley countryside. Lasts 30 minutes. Included in admission price or available to non-visitors for £3 p/adult and £2 p/child.

Christmas fun at Pensthorpe

On 25 November 2018, the bustling Pensthorpe Christmas Market provides shoppers with a welcome break from the high street with its pop-up food, drink and craft stalls. Discover bespoke creations, creative gifts ideas and delicious treats made from boutique producers, many of whom are from the local area. There will be live music and the switching on of the Pensthorpe festive lights, plus complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for members. 10am-4pm.

For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping ‘after-hours’, Pensthorpe’s two late night shopping events on 15 November and 13 December 2018 provide an opportunity for evening browsing. Peruse the Pensthorpe shop, which is a treasure trove packed with gifts, local food and drink, toys, jewellery, homewares and nature books, plus items for bird-care and wildlife watching. There will be special discounts for members plus supplier demonstrations enabling shoppers to try before they buy.

Those keen to brave winter’s icy chill and learn about the wonders of the natural world during the colder months will love A Winter’s Tail, running from 19 December 2018 to 2 January 2019.

Christmas at Pensthorpe

This fun family event encourages visitors to explore the beauty of Pensthorpe’s natural habitats. Learn enchanting stories about the animals that tuck themselves up for a long winter’s sleep, the incredible creatures who adapt to handle cold conditions, and those who take the long and adventurous migratory journey to warmer climes. There will also be some cool craft-making activities and a winter-inspired self-guided trail weaving through the reserve. Included in admission price.

Situated 11 miles inland from the north Norfolk coast and with the beautiful River Wensum winding through it, Pensthorpe Natural Park encourages visitors to explore its diverse habitats and get acquainted with the thousands of bird, plant and wildlife species that call it home. Muddy wellies are encouraged and a sense of adventure is a must!