One thing I love about living in Norfolk is the amazing scenery that surrounds us, some of the views you see on a simple country walk are breath-taking. We are surrounded by beautiful forests and field’s and you don’t have to travel far to find farm animals. We are also lucky to have an amazing coastline. This weekend we discovered a hidden gem, a tranquil natural park complete with woodland walks, wildlife and stunning gardens, Pensthorpe Natural Park.
Amongst 200 acres of sprawling countryside is a haven for birds, insects, and various mammals. Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to rare and endangered red squirrels and grey-crowned cranes. The beauty of Pensthorpe is just how close you can get to nature, the perfect opportunity to take kids back to basics and show them they don’t need a day out at the fanciest new play area or an expensive trip to the cinema to enjoy some down time. We spent nearly 2 hour’s walking around the grounds of Pensthorpe, spotting wildlife and taking a moment every now and then to take in the views.
After our stroll we headed to Hootz House, a new addition to Pensthorpe Natural Park. Hootz House is a reasonably new indoor play area, of course most parents squirm at the thought of indoor play, the noise, the sheer amount of children running wild, but Hootz House was quite the opposite. Hootz House operate four timed play session’s each day, which you are required to book on arrival, and your chosen session is included in the admission price. I have honestly never seen such a lovely and clean play area, built entirely using varnished wood, Hootz House play area comes complete with wobbly rope bridges, huge slides and towering tree towers. There is also an area for under 5’s containing soft play equipment in keeping with the nature theme. We spent 90 minutes enjoying the twists and turns of Hootz House before heading back into the grounds to explore further.
If your an avid bird watcher, a lover of nature, or just a parent looking for a relaxing, peaceful family day out then I highly recommend Pensthorpe Natural Park.
The team at Pensthorpe waived the price of admission in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
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