The ever-changing kaleidoscope of light, patterns and colours waiting to be discovered at Pensthorpe Natural Park creates a rich vein of material for budding photographers.
Wells photographer Julia Rafferty’s Portfolio Development Course, based at the 700-acre nature haven near Fakenham, has grown rapidly from a one-day standalone experience, to a six-week course in each academic term of the year, run in the morning for starter students and in the afternoon for the more experienced.
For three years it provided a stunning backdrop for millions of TV viewers who watched entranced as BBC TV’s Springwatch showpiece provided a ‘through-the-keyhole’ view of nature.
Now Pensthorpe Natural Park’s spectacular setting, with its glorious window onto the Wensum Valley’s wildlife wonderland,is available for hire to individuals, families, training groups or business enterprises.
A two-year restoration project has transformed the former Springwatch recording studio into an intimate new venue for weddings, events, conferences, and corporate functions.
The spectacular transformation of five former farm workers’ cottages and the creation of a unique indoor adventure play centre at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is in the running for a prestigious national award.
Pensthorpe’s management team has been invited to the grand final of the Local Authority Building Control Awards at London’s Westminster Park Plaza in November, having won Best Inclusive Building at the East Anglian regional finals.
Hootz House, Pensthorpe Natural Park’s iconic adventure play centre has won a national building award.
The popular north Norfolk play barn beat off competition from around Great Britain to be named best Recreation & Leisure project of the year by the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association.
Bespoke framework for the innovative project was constructed by Hingham-based steel-framed building specialists A C Bacon Engineering in conjunction with the primary contractor Bunting & Son.
The £53,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible by National Lottery players, will help the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust open a window on the wonders of the Wensum – and a door to employment, work experience and volunteering.
“It’s wonderful news. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generosity,” said Reserve Manager Richard Spowage. “The river learning facility is the final piece of a jigsaw which as seen us restore a 3km stretch of the River Wensum to its natural splendour, worthy of the highest level international protection status the river now enjoys. It is teeming with an abundance of native British wildlife.”
More than 30 business people attended the North Norfolk District Council’s Coffee Means Business networking event at Fakenham, organised by Genix, the business engagement specialists.
The event was held at the Prince of Wales Stand and Genix welcomed local businesses who had the opportunity to network over coffee, make new contacts and gain knowledge and information to help their business grow.
North Norfolk District Council has appointed Genix as it is a not for profit organisation, supporting businesses, to organise and host Coffee Means Business in the North Norfolk area. They could see there was a need for regular networking opportunities for businesses which didn’t involve expensive membership fees.