Wild About The Wensum 2019

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12 May 2019

Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s Annual Community Day

This will be the 13th annual Wild about the Wensum event, run by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and will be bigger and better than ever! 

Since the first event in 2006, we have introduced and shared this small part of the Wensum Valley to more than 25,000 people. Our aim is to encourage visitors that may not have otherwise understood the importance, diversity and wider relationship of the Wensum to their local landscape. It is a major achievement that so many people leave with a better knowledge of the numerous organisations that work tirelessly to promote, protect and enhance this rather special river. 

This year’s theme is water and how important it is for all of us to look at ways we can conserve this vital resource. Ahead of the event we have been working with local schools and challenged them to a “become a water warrior” competition and asked them to produce a display depicting why water is important to humans and wildlife, and how it can best be preserved as a sustainable resource. The displays of drawings, paintings, videos, photography, poems and short stories will be showcased on the day of the event, with the winner also being announced during the day.

Local wildlife groups and nature charities such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Wensum Alliance and the Norfolk Rivers Trust will be exhibiting at the event, plus there will be a special trail to follow and ‘hands-on’ nature activities to try. Anglian Water, who is working closely with Pensthorpe and the Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group towards improving water quality, will be displaying some of its unique shopping trolley sculptures of riverside wildlife, designed by world-renowned artist Ptolemy Elrington, in a special trail around the reserve.


Each spring Wild About The Wensum brings together volunteers, organisations and the local community with the internationally important river Wensum and valley. Pensthorpe Conservation Trust hosts this annual event to showcase the ecological value of the chalk river and wider environment. Nick Baker a naturalist, TV presenter and author was the special guest for the event’s 12th anniversary and officially opened the event on Saturday 12th May 2018. Our 2018 event celebrated hares and eight leveret sculptures from Break Charity’s GoGoHares and GoGoCreate project joined us on the day on a special trail around the reserve.

A big thank you to our main sponsors for 2018, Crisp Malting Group, who were a great supporter of the event.


Important information regarding the event:

  • Day tickets cost £3 per person (online and on the day)
  • Under 3’s and Pensthorpe Annual Members are FREE
  • There will be an additional charge for our indoor play area, Hootz House, which is £2 per child with one free adult per child. Additional adults who wish to enter Hootz House will be £2 per adult.
  • We will be running time slots in Hootz House at 10-11.30am, 11.30-12.30pm, 12.30-1.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm. 
  • Parking is FREE
  • Unfortunately, unless they are assistance dogs, dogs cannot enter the main reserve. Find out more on our Before You Visit page
  • The event will run from 10am – 5pm
  • BBC Gardeners’ World 2-for-1 gardens to visit cards will not be valid for this event
  • Our Pensthorpe Explorer tour will be running at a reduced rate of £2.50pp at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm 


Buy tickets: Wild About The Wensum day pass

Buy tickets: Pensthorpe Explorer tour