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Summer Fun at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Written by  Paul Dickson
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Summer Fun at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Head to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden this summer, explore the garden and enjoy the popular Great Bear Hunt with additional Teddy Bears' Picnic, plus the Tree-Mendous trail, Den Building, the tree swing and Wild Wednesdays, craft related wildlife activities every Wednesday during the school holidays (11am to 3pm).

All the activities are included in the garden entry charge, which is £6.85 for adults, £6.60 for concessions, £3.95 for children (5-16) and under 5 free.

Volunteer Andy Usher has carved 10 bears from Fairhaven wood to create the Great Bear Hunt. The bears are located throughout the garden next to trees and shrubs. It's a fun way to learn about the woodland and get out and about in the garden.

Andy has also created a special summer Teddy Bears' Picnic area and a Bear Swing. Children can borrow one of our teddy bears at visitor reception, or bring their own and enjoy some quality bear time.

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The Tree-Mendous trail is another fun way to learn about the woodland. There's a Green Man on the ancient King Oak, a chill out area where you can lie back on recliners and explore the tree canopy, an opportunity to make friends with a tree and give it a hug and more.

The Den Building area has lots of material for budding architects to build their own special natural 'home' and nearby there is a new tree swing for children of all ages.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardenis at South Walsham, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The garden is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), and on Wednesdays until 9pm to the end of August. Free entry to tearoom, provisions shop, gift shop and plant sales. 

Andy Usher has a pop up shop at the garden – Fairhaven Rustics, which sells a selection of his chainsaw carvings, all made from timber harvested in the garden. Proceeds go towards purchasing Fairhaven forestry and garden maintenance equipment.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad until the end of October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

T 01603 270449 or see www.fairhavengarden.co.uk
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