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Be Enchanted by Christmas at Pensthorpe Natural Park

Brave winter’s icy chill and enjoy a heart-warming encounter with the natural winter wonderland of Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, which hosts a programme of special Christmas-themed events for all the family.

From the warmth of the viewing gallery join Pensthorpe’s resident experts for their magical daily Floodlit Feeds, which takes place at 4pm from mid-November 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. 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.

Pensthorpe Christmas

On Sunday 24 November 2019, 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 local. Enjoy live music and soak up the festive ambiance from the Pensthorpe courtyard, which will be adorned in thousands of twinkling lights, plus there will be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for members. 10am – 4pm.

For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping ‘after-hours’, Pensthorpe’s four late night shopping events on 28 November and 5, 12 and 19 December 2019 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.

Christmas at Pensthorpe

Be enchanted by the wonders of the natural world at family favourite Christmas holiday event, A Winter’s Tail, running from Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020. Suitable for all ages, the event encourages visitors to explore the beauty of Pensthorpe’s natural habitats. Pull on those wellies and button up coats to follow the winter trail around the reserve, uncovering enchanting chapters of a charming winter story about hibernating creatures along the way. There will also be some cool craft-making activities with an opportunity to make a nature-inspired calendar for 2020. 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!

By visiting Pensthorpe Natural Park you are contributing to the great work of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust. A portion of your entry fee will help to safeguard threatened species and support educational projects to raise public awareness of protecting and enjoying nature.