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12 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

We are pleased to announce TV presenter, author and naturalist, Nick Baker, will be opening Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s annual community event this year!

Intrepid explorer and natural history expert Nick, who has famously presented Weird Creatures (C5), The Really Wild Show (BBC One) and Springwatch Unsprung (BBC Two), will officially open the event, meet our visitors and even host an interactive bug hunt for kids!

This year’s theme ‘Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow’ takes a look at the plight of the Hare in the English landscape and celebrates Norfolk as one of the last strongholds for Hares in Britain.

Local wildlife groups and nature charities such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Wensum Alliance and Norfolk Bee Keepers Association will be in attendance. As part of Pensthorpe Natural Park’s sponsorship for this year’s GoGoCreate campaign, there will be a special trail of GoGo leverets (and a few hares), which you will be able to follow, before they make their way to Norwich for the summer. There’ll also be plenty of free ‘hands-on’ nature activities to try too!

As part of his day at Pensthorpe, Nick will also be invited to judge an art and photography competition, which local primary and junior schools have been invited to take part in. If you are a school teacher, in the Norfolk area, and are interested in finding out more about our schools competition, please contact us on info@pensthorpe.com

As the event is aimed at families and those in the local community, we reduce admission prices to a nominal fee. See below for details…

Admission Prices

Online pre-booking
Adults £2.00
Children (3-16) £2.00
Senior Citizens (60+) £2.00
Annual Members FREE
Under 3’s FREE

On the day
Adults £3.00
Children (3-16) £3.00
Senior Citizens (60+) £3.00
Annual Members FREE
Under 3’s FREE

Hootz House
For anyone wishing to visit Hootz House, our indoor play area, there will be an extra charge of £2.00 per child (3-16), with one adult free per child. Under 3’s remain free. Any additional adults/senior citizens wishing to visit Hootz House will be £2.00 per person. Annual Members are free. Online booking is not available for Hootz House on this event day (see below for details).

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Hootz House Play Sessions

We will be operating six timed play sessions in Hootz House on the day. Visitors will be required to book and pay for their time slot at Hootz House on the day.

10am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm

What’s happening on the day..

10am: Nick Baker meet & greet visitors – at the picnic area

11am: Bill Jordan & Nick Baker welcome/opening speech – marquee at the picnic area

12pm: Children’s activity with Nick Baker (bug hunt) – at the picnic area

2pm: Nick Baker book talk “How to make a Naturalist”, booking signing and Q&A session – Garden Room & Water Court 

3.30pm: Nick Baker announces schools competition winner – marquee at picnic area