Pensthorpe Natural Park

Explore over 700 acres of wetlands, meadows, wildlife rich farmland, woodland and gardens, including one of the first ever public gardens designed by world acclaimed plantsman Piet Oudolf.

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Why you’ll love visiting us

Pensthorpe Natural Park really is for everyone, its a great place for nature enthusiasts, tranquil seekers and for children to connect to nature.

Inspired by reports that show children are more inclined to stay indoors rather than exploring outside, Pensthorpe developed a fantastic outdoor expansion to reconnect children with the natural world. This giant 7,000 sqm adventure play area, WildRootz, is unlike anything else Norfolk has to offer. Child-friendly thrills are nestled subtly into stunning natural surroundings with trees and gentle rolling hills managing to encompass over 30 pieces of individual play equipment including the giant 11 metre high slide tower called ‘The Worm’. The adventure continues with the opening of Hootz House, an amazing indoor nature play experience for children that is imaginatively designed and complimentary to Pensthorpe's overall vision of weaving play into education about the natural world.

Pensthorpe Natural Park really is the place for everyone to come and be inspired by nature. 

Our mission

Our ethos at Pensthorpe Natural Park is to inspire current and future generations to protect and enjoy nature by encouraging them to learn, explore and play outdoors. As a visitor you will be supporting our charitable conservation work which includes habitat restoration, creation and our national breed and release programmes carried out by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust. 

Pensthorpe’s unique mix of inland habitats allow us to promote the study and understanding of native and endangered species within our natural landscape. Our vision is to be actively involved in conserving the countryside and wildlife in the Wensum Valley (a Special Area of Conservation and SSSI), with national partners and on landscape scale projects, as well as through our captive breeding programmes for endangered species including corncrakes, turtle doves, red squirrels and Eurasian cranes.