Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

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School Road, South Walsham, Norwich,
Norfolk, NR13 6DZ

01603 270449

01603 270449


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open daily all year (closed Christmas Day);
November to February open 10am to 4pm;
March to October open 10am to 5pm
(also open 10am to 9pm on Wednesdays, May to August).

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Pre-booked only

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring May - June Mid - October to Mid - Nov

To see:

Wild Primroses, skunk cabbage, bluebells Candelabra primulas, azaleas & rhododendrons Autumn Colours

Admission Prices

Adult £6.50; Child £3.75; Concessions £5.90; Under 5's free;
Annual family membership £55, single parent family membership £49, single membership £25, single concessionary membership £22
Dogs 25p admission (includes pooper scooper); Dog membership! £2.50 per dog
Group price 15 people plus £5.50. Introductory talks available to groups.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Guided tours for groups, Boat trips on our private Broad, April to end October (additional charge) Christmas trees and Wreaths for sale, also Father Christmas event, two weeks before Christmas. Open air musical events (Jazz etc.) in July and August. Sensory Garden near the tearoom overlooks King Stephen's Pond, designed for visually impaired visitors, also fully accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Many special events - see own website

Garden Features & Events

180 acres of natural woodland and water gardens with private Inner Broad. 950-year-old oak tree. Many species of wildfowl, sea birds and waders as well as woodpeckers and woodland species. Gold Award Green Tourism Business Scheme

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Manor Cottage, South Walsham
Charity Barn, Wymers Lane, South Walsham
Little Barn, Upton
The Amber Lodge, Acle
Church Farm, Burlingham
Clippesby Hall Holidays, Clippesby
St Margaret's Mill Retreat, Acle

Inns & Pubs:

The Ship, Public House South Walsham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

S. Walsham Norwich Great Yarmouth The Norfolk Broads

Description of Garden

This is a delightful natural woodland and water garden of over 180 acres with its own private inner Broad, with boat trips from the beginning of May to the end of August. This garden has much to offer at all times of the year, snowdrop and camellias in January and February, daffodils and narcissi in March, carpets of primroses and unusual plants such as Lysichitum Americanum (Skunk Cabbage) in April, followed by bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons in May and June, and the spectacular naturalised collection of candelabra primulas throughout May. Wild flowers, flowering shrubs, butterflies and dragonflies appear in summer and 95 species of woodland and water birds all year. This includes all 3 native woodpeckers, tree creepers, nuthatches etc., herons, ducks (various), geese - both canada and greylag - cormorants, great crested grebe coots, moorhens and kingfishers.

The Autumn colours are wonderful, especially the leaves, berries and fungi. Winter walks afford even more views of the Broads, which are hidden by the lush vegetation of summer. The garden is entirely organically managed for the benefit of the plants and wildlife.

History Of Garden

The garden was created by the second Lord Fairhaven, Henry Broughton. It was inspired by the Savill garden at Windsor, which was designed by Sir Eric Savill who was a great friend of Lord Fairhaven. The present Lord Fairhaven, Ailwyn Broughton, is Chairman of the Fairhaven Garden trustees.
The Fairhaven Garden is a private trust and is a Registered charity (265686).

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