Before You Visit
Here’s a few bits of information to help you before you visit and get organised for your day out. If you don’t find the information you are looking for here feel free to look at our FAQs page.
Access to the Wader Scrape
From Tuesday 19th March to Monday 25th March (inc.) we will be carrying out essential maintenance work on the route leading towards our Wader Scrape. A temporary redirected route will be opened up however, due to the uneven nature of these pathways, it will not be suitable for wheelchair access. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We now have bird feed vending machines so make sure you bring some 20p coins so you can feed our ducks and geese until your heart’s content!
Dogs are allowed in our Courtyard Hub and Courtyard Cafe (where they need to be kept on a lead and in the Function Room only). Unfortunately, unless they are assistance dogs, dogs cannot enter the main reserve or adventure play areas. As a nature reserve we need to consider the welfare and well-being of our captive, resident and visiting species.
Our car park does not currently offer any decent shade and it doesn’t take long for a dog to suffer in a car, so please do not leave your dog in the car. As an alternative Petit Paws are just 6 miles from Pensthorpe and offer a home-from-home day care service for your dog. Please contact Sylvia Yerby on 01328 878823 or 07887 564600.
What to wear
We recommend good outdoor clothing and walking shoes to make the most of our nature trails and further afield Wildflower Meadow. Norfolk is one of the driest counties in the UK but that doesn’t stop the odd rainfall here, so bring a pair of wellies and umbrella just in case. You can always leave them in the car for emergency use!
We have a wonderful little stream running through WildRootz, our outdoor play area, which kids love to splash and jump about in. Plenty of children and adults take their shoes and socks off in the summer, but please play safe as this is at your own risk. Why not bring a towel and a spare change of socks and shoes, especially if you have children who like to make a big splash!
Our 2019 Leaflet
You can download a copy of our 2019 leaflet here