All Things Days Out showcases great places to visit in Norfolk for that memorable day or night out. Whether your are looking for a Cultural day in a Museum, relaxing on the Norfolk Broads, enjoying the heritage of Steam travel through the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, an adrenalin ride in a Sports Car or seeing your favourite band, come rain or shine there is always plenty to do and see in Norfolk.
Situated nearby to Loddon and Beccles our gardens surround Raveningham Hall, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon (and home to the Bacon family since 1735).
Enjoy the beauty of our varied and ever-changing floral seasons. The Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla, Lady Bacon an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit and vegetables for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.
A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established as is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale; this gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster. New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden, a Stumpery and a garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time.
The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Our Gardens are circa 10 acres all in a glorious 18th Century parkland setting with sculpture by Susan Bacon in and around the gardens. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Main Season Opening Times
We are open for both individual visits and Group Tours of 10-30 people.
Our Gardens and Tea Room are open throughout February 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days April to August. Please see our website www.raveningham.com for opening days & times.
Friends of Raveningham Gardens
Become a friend and visit throughout our opening times for just £20 per person.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01508 548480 for all enquiries, individual or group.
We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.
Did you know that Pensthorpe Natural Park is not just all about ducks? As well as appealing to nature and gardening enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and bird watchers, it also makes for a perfect day out for families and young children.
Multiple WINNER of Norfolk's Best Large Attraction*, Pensthorpe is a modern day nature reserve with a focus on inspiring the next generation to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors – without compromising on the tranquility and calmness that the reserve brings to so many regular visitors.
Former home of BBC Springwatch, the 700 acre reserve is a true showcase for British wildlife; beautiful gardens including one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows which is home to the famous harvest mouse who starred in the recent BBC’s Planet Earth Two series and; more recently, inspiring adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Red Squirrels, and cute ducks that will feed out of the palm of your hand; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s 'Actively Saving Species' projects including Operation Turtle Dove, the Great Crane Project and their Corncrake re-introduction programme.
Hop on the Pensthorpe Explorer** for a behind the scenes tour to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley, enjoy home cooked food in the Courtyard café and shop in one of North Norfolk’s largest gift shops. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.
*EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards
**Seasonal activity with additional charge
Enjoy the only waterside Museum of Broadland life at the historic and picturesque Stalham Staithe. We are family and dog friendly, have an accessible site, with a small café and picnic area.
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2021 Opening times and admission prices:
The Museum will open again in March (date to be confirmed)
Adult: £6, Children and Young People (5-18): £2.00
Family Tickets available (see website for details)
All above tickets are valid for one year from purchase.
Twilight ticket (valid on day of purchase only and during last hour before closing): Adult: £2, Child: £1
Free admission to: Friends of the Museum, a Carer of a Disabled visitor, and members of the Museums Association (please show card). Please note, we are not part of Norfolk Museums Service and cannot accept their pass card.
Steamboat trips 50 mins: Adult: £6.00, Child: £3.00; 30 mins: Adult: £4.50, Child: £2.50
Under fives free. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Delightful natural woodland and water garden with a private Broad.
The Sensory Garden is the first thing you’ll see as you walk into Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. It has been designed with our visually and mobility impaired customers in mind.
In spring the garden 'springs' into life again. The primroses come into flower along the Broads Walk and the woodland paths. In May the glorious sight of bluebells will delight you, and our spectacular candelabra primulas, together with azaleas and rhododendrons.
There's lots of activity among the water birds and if you are lucky you may see a flash of vivid blue as the kingfisher dives for its prey.
In Summer there are flowers and shrubs including hydrangeas – in particular along our Hydrangea Walk – foxgloves and many other wild flowers. Several varieties of butterflies can be seen on our butterfly path.
Autumn brings its own special pleasure, the glow of the golds, reds and browns of the trees as they shed their leaves. The stark contrast of bare branches in Winter has a different kind of beauty, and withering birds come to shelter in the broads.
In December you can buy Christmas trees, wreaths and gifts and Father Christmas will visit before Christmas with gifts for children.
Fairhaven has three miles of peaceful walks. Boat trips are available on our Private Broad and South Walsham Broad from Easter to the end of October, including trips to St Benet's Abbey.
There is a plant sales area which specialises in woodland and bog plants, a Gift Shop, small provisions shop and the Kingfisher Tearoom for breakfast (from 9.15am) morning coffees, lunches and afternoon teas, using the best of local produce. Free entry to tearoom, shop and plant sales.
Dogs welcome on leads (small charge for poop scoop).
Entry charges: adult £7.50, concessions £6.95, child £3.95 (under 4 free).
We are open 10am to 4pm 7 days a week.
A community hub for all of Norfolk
Located on the outskirts of Norwich, The Nest is the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation’s brand new community hub.
Facilities at The Nest include a floodlit 3G pitch, high-quality grass football pitches, residential bunk boxes, cafes, conference spaces and an outdoor Challenge Woods adventure area, all set in a green and leafy secure 22-acre site.
It’s the perfect venue for businesses, sports teams, school groups, private functions, children’s birthday parties and more.
Inside the two Hub and Clubhouse buildings are engage and multi-use spaces, two cafes, four changing rooms, meeting rooms, a physiotherapy room and an IT suite.
Unique on-site accommodation comes in the form of five bunkboxes, which can sleep up to 70 guests at a time.
As the home of the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, a number of weekly community sports sessions run at the venue, including:
During holidays, it is also the venue for the Foundation’s Soccer Schools.
We pride ourselves on excellent value and great service, and the team will be there to support you every step of the way.
It's a great play area for parents with young children looking for something to do outdoors. It's free for 0-3 year olds and £3 for children.
Visit thenest.org.uk to find out more.
The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads towns of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast. It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through a stretch of lovely, rural Norfolk, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages.
Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of Easter to the end of October with special events throughout the year, including Santa and Mince Pie Specials. The railway also offers a very popular boat train which gives the opportunity for a journey by steam followed by a cruise of the Norfolk Broads. For those who would like to realise their childhood ambitions to be a train driver, Driver Experience Courses are available during the off-peak periods.
The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater café at Aylsham, which can provide everything from a cup of team to a full meal, a large souvenir and model railway shop. The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and often open to the public. At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop with over 5,000 books run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.
All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches and disabled toilet facilities at both Stations. Free parking is also available at both Stations. We are also Dog Friendly.