Before You Visit

Here’s a few bits of information to help you get organised for your day out…

New Wetland Bird Hide – now open!

Our brand new bird hide, overlooking a recently planted reed bed which is already teeming with wildlife, is now open. This has opened up a new area of Pensthorpe which offers many new opportunities for observing and photographing waders and wetlands species. Visitors are able to access this new area via the Monet-inspired bridge in our Millennium Garden.


New Flamingos

You may have heard in the press that our flamingo flock has been joined by four flamingos from London. Please note that all of our flamingos are off show owing to the development of their new home in our Wetland Discovery Area opening later this summer. More details about this area are below.

Coming soon – Wetland Discovery Area!

As of Thursday 4th January 2018 visitor access to our Conservation Centre, including our flamingo enclosure, is closed. We are redeveloping these areas to re-home our hugely popular and much-loved flock of Greater Flamingos, whose numbers will almost double in 2018 with new arrivals (in addition to our new London friends). The work also includes developing a brand new pond dipping area, all of which has been 18 months in the making.

The new Wetland Discovery Area is due to open later this summer.

We apologise for any inconvenience as we continue to invest in encouraging the next generation to enjoy the great outdoors.


Top Tip

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. Please leave your dog at home, or at a day kennel so you can have cuddles when you’ve returned from your day out with us.  Petit Paws are just 6 miles from Pensthorpe and offer a home-from-home day care service for your dog. Please contact Sylivia Yerby on 01328 878823 or 07887564600.

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!