Fairhaven: The perfect antidote to modern life
In the heart of the Norfolk broads, and with a host of accolades under it’s (green) belt, including Sustainable Tourism Winner, Green Tourism Gold and the EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards Winner, Fairhaven is a green gem of a visitor attraction.
Entirely organically managed, with almost 4 miles of woodland pathways and trails, and the UK’s finest collection of Candelabra Primulas, Fairhaven is the perfect antidote to modern life.
Ample parking, an award-winning eco-Tearoom, plant sales and a well-stocked gift shop can be found alongside the green and pleasant wonderland that await you. Fairhaven is highly accessible (access for all is an ongoing project there).
Get up close to ancient history with The King Oak. Said to be almost 1000 years old, this magnificent tree would have been a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Just let that sink in… As well as having a good few tales to tell (could trees speak), this Oak is apparently home to a family of ducks, a Tawny Owl, several different types of fungi and thousands of insects. Amazing.
Spot ducks, geese, dragonflies, butterflies and swathes of beautiful wildflowers as you amble along paths, across bridges, through hidden glades and into wide open areas perfect for picnicking. There is a Children’s Nature Trail throughout Fairhaven that gently encourages children to learn more about the diverse flora and fauna within.
Enjoy a boat trip on the private broad and to the historic ruins of St Benet’s Abbey from April to October as well as Canoe Hire. In fact, with an eclectic programme of regular events, from Dogs Shows and Art Exhibitions to Ghost Walks and Concerts, there are many reasons to visit Fairhaven throughout the year. And since it’s natural décor alters with each season as new plant life grows up or recedes away, changing the vista in the most awesome way, it really is an attraction for all ages, worth visiting all year round.
Open daily – 364 days (closed Christmas Day).
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden,