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What’s been going on?


Find out more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at your favourite Natural Park with our latest news and information! 

We are always busy with events, conservation, reserve management and activities. Check back here regularly to see what new project we are working on. 

27 Jul 2018

Wetland Discovery Area is open!

Our new area has been open a week and is already proving popular.

11 Jul 2018

We’re turning 30!

Today is our 30th birthday!

19 Jun 2018

“Further Steps” photography course – Macro

Julia Rafferty and her students explore macro art

11 Jun 2018

“Getting Started” Weeks 7 & 8 Photography Workshop

Julia Rafferty's group explore the theme of Monochrome

16 May 2018

Wild about the Wensum 2018

Let us know what you thought about our 12th annual Wild about the Wensum event!

4 May 2018

Wetland Discovery Area: Progress

Further progress for our new Wetland Discovery Area!

23 Apr 2018

“Getting Started” Weeks 5 & 6 Photography Workshop

Julia Rafferty's photography group explore macro photography as a theme.

18 Apr 2018

‘Further Steps’ photography course

Julia Rafferty and her students explore portraits

5 Apr 2018

New bird hide opens!

Areas of the Wensum Valley, which have never been accessible to our visitors, will now be on display thanks to the opening of our new wetland bird hide!

20 Mar 2018

Fakenham Academy Artists

Fakenham Academy have truly embraced the Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow art competition!

9 Mar 2018

“Getting Started” Weeks 3 & 4 Photography Workshop

Julia Rafferty's "Get started" photography group explore Shutter Speed

27 Feb 2018

‘Further steps’ photography course

Julia Rafferty's students explore the theme of "Multiple Viewpoints"

21 Feb 2018

Wetland Discovery Area: Progress

NEW Wetland Discovery Area progress

15 Feb 2018

“Getting Started” Weeks 1 & 2 photography workshop

Julia Rafferty's "Get started" photography group explore Depth of Field

6 Feb 2018

‘Further Steps’ photography course – Early Spring

Julia Rafferty's 'Further Steps' students look at the theme of Negative Space.

31 Jan 2018

Hopping mad for hares!

We are the main sponsors for an exciting project taking place in Norwich this summer, all to do with the beautiful native hare.

16 Jan 2018

Redevelopment work has started!

The Conservation Centre is closed for exciting redevelopment to take place!

20 Dec 2017

Pensthorpe in winter

Pensthorpe is beautiful in low-light and frost!

8 Dec 2017

Autumn Term – Photography Development Blog

Julia Rafferty's students look at the theme of "Contrasts" (Part 2)

27 Nov 2017

Christmas Craft Market: Filled with festive fun!

Pensthorpe welcomed local crafts to it's first ever Christmas Craft Market

13 Nov 2017

Wedding & Events Venue launched

The Garden Room & Water Court officially open their doors!

27 Oct 2017

Autumn Term – Photography Development Course

Julia Rafferty's students look at the theme of "Contrasts"

13 Oct 2017

17 kittens in 2017

We've named our Red Squirrel kittens!

21 Sep 2017

Work experience student joins us

Lucy Dickens, a 17-year-old student from Easton and Otley College

15 Sep 2017

Successful bird ringing season

Kingfishers are king of the Wensum Valley

11 Aug 2017

Ellen Rooney visit

Renowned photographer Ellen Rooney visited our gardens!

22 Jul 2017

Our NEW video is here!

See Pensthorpe as you have NEVER seen it before - larger than life wildlife inspires children and young families to get outdoors and back into nature.

14 Jul 2017

Millennium Garden in full bloom!

Our famous garden is looking at it's best now, so well worth a visit this summer.