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A Norfolk visitor attraction is doing its bit to help save wetland habitats by launching a new Wetland Discovery Area for visitors. On Thursday 19 July 2018, Pensthorpe Natural Park, in Fakenham, opened the doors to its latest new attraction, the Wetland Discovery Area, which is intended to educate visitors about the importance and fragility of wetland habitats and to inspire them to help protect them. The new £70,000 educational area demonstrates the different wetland habitats around the world such as lakes, rivers and garden ponds, and has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Pensthorpe Natural Park, in Fakenham, is celebrating three decades of nature conservation as the reserve toasts its 30th anniversary on 11 July 2018. Opened in 1988 as a waterfowl and wetland park, the 700-acre estate has grown to become one of Norfolk’s largest visitor attractions, having welcomed over 3million visitors through its doors. Founded by Bill Makins, one of Europe’s leading waterfowl breeders, who transformed the site following a multi-million tonne sand and gravel extraction, Pensthorpe has, since 2002, been under the care of Bill and Deb Jordan, Bill being the founder of Jordans Cereals. 
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 00:00

Head to Fairhaven Garden for The Great Bear Hunt

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Families are invited to visit Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, this summer and go on The Great Bear Hunt. Fairhaven volunteer Andy Usher has carved six bears out of wood from the garden and hidden them next to trees. Armed with a trail map, showing location clues, families can have fun hunting the bears, learn about the trees in the garden and make up names for the bears. Andy Usher explained: “I have volunteered in the garden for the last four years. I am chainsaw qualified, bought a carving saw and began experimenting with creating animals. This led to my idea to carve the bears out of Fairhaven wood and give families a fun summer activity. All the bears are next to well-known trees and the idea…
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Marcin ‘Magic’ Pomierny (age 33), Head Chef at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich and Chef of the Year in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2016, has reached the semi-final of the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year competition. Forty chefs, split into four semi-final heats, will be competing this month for a place in the final. The winner of each heat, plus the six best runners up, go through to the final which is at The Restaurant Show on Wednesday, October 2. Magic’s semi-final heat is at Le Cordon Bleu in London on Tuesday, June 19. The brief for the chefs is to create a menu, which focuses on the provenance of the food and gives a modern interpretation on classic dishes. 
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A new Community Access Public Defibrillator (CAPD) has been installed next to the main entrance of the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich. The family and friends of 18-year-old Tom Pottle, who sadly passed away in January 2017 from cardiac arrest, fundraised in his memory to purchase a lifesaving defibrillator. As a family they decided that they wanted a central location which would serve people of all ages, day and night. 
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One of Norfolk’s largest attractions is on the hunt for budding David Attenborough’s to join its Junior Board. Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is searching for young nature enthusiasts aged between eight and 11 to help shape the development of the reserve. The Pensthorpe Junior Board, which launched in 2015, aims to offer passionate young people an opportunity to develop their learning and gain some practical experience about running a modern nature reserve.
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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, has opened a small provisions shop in its tearoom to provide 'essential essentials' for local residents and visitors on boating and self-catering holidays in the area. Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden Manager explained: “We were very sad when our village shop closed last September. Some villagers asked us if we were going to run a shop, but we don't have enough room. However when visitors on boating holidays came up from South Walsham Broad at Easter and asked if we sold bread or milk, we decided that we would experiment with a small range of 'essential essentials' for visitors on holiday and also our local residents. If demand grows, we can always expand the range and bring in items like cut ham."
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The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich, has achieved a Four Star Silver Award, for the first time, in its 2018 AA overnight inspection. The hotel's Wine Press Restaurant has retained its Two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. The Maids Head is the only hotel in the City of Norwich with a Four Star Silver Award. The Maids Head's Silver Award was secured thanks to an increase in the AA merit score to 83% and acknowledges the quality of the hotel's physical attributes. The Silver Award is given to highly recommended hotels and was introduced in 2015. 
Friday, 13 April 2018 00:00

Maids Head Hotel Spring Babies' Celebration

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Six members of staff at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich have had babies in recent months. The new arrivals, parents and siblings were invited to the hotel for a special afternoon tea celebration on April 12, hosted by General Manager, Christine Malcolm. Christine Malcolm explained: “In my 10 years at the Maids Head, we have never had such a large group of new arrivals. So we decided to bring them all together and mark the births with a celebration afternoon tea. To add to the togetherness, Rose our Events Co-ordinator gave birth to her daughter, Mia, on the same day that Malgorzata, wife of Head Chef 'Magic', gave birth to her son, Miesko.”
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TV presenter, author and naturalist, Nick Baker, is set to open The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s* annual community event Wild About the Wensum on Saturday 12th May 2018. Intrepid explorer and natural history expert Nick, who has famously presented Weird Creatures (C5), The Really Wild Show (BBC One) and Springwatch Unsprung (BBC Two), will officially open the event, meet members of the public and even host a bug hunt for kids! Wild About the Wensum, now in its twelfth year, is a special one-day event held by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust with the sole focus on encouraging people of all ages, especially families who often don’t get the chance to be outdoors, to enjoy the beautiful Wensum Valley, within which Pensthorpe Natural Park is located. 
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