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 are open throughout February to celebrate our famous snowdrop season from 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days May to September. Please see our website www.raveningham.com for opening days, times & admission costs.
Friends of Raveningham Gardens
Become a Friend of our Gardens and for just £25 per person, per year, you could enjoy unlimited admission during our normal opening times as well as special visiting times all year round.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.
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. 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.
Good Running Events host events across East Anglia and beyond, with distances from 1 mile fun runs, 5K, 10K, Half Marathons, all the way up to our 24 hour endurance race. We look to provide both traditional road races and multi-terrain scenic races to provide some thing for every type of runner, whether you are a beginner looking for something fun or an experienced runner looking for a fast course and a new PB.
Our 2024 events are as follows:
16th June Run Sandringham Half Marathon, 5km and Community Mile. Our season starts at the Iconic Sandringham Estate, Winter Residence of the Royal Family, where runners are able to enjoy a race through the beautiful walled gardens as well as the wider estate and parkland.
We return to Sandringham Estate on the 10h August for the Run Sandringham 24 hour Race, with runners aiming to run as many 5 mile laps of the estate as they can in 24 hours, including many night laps by headtorch. This event is one of the highlights of our calendar for many as they bring their families to the estate for a weekend of camping, live music and running.
We finish our Run Sandringham series with Run Sandringham 10K on 29th September which once again gives runners a chance to set a PB through the Gardens, Parkland and closed roads in the wider estate.
Run Snetterton 5k and 10k on 31st July gives runners the chance to run at the famous Snetterton racetrack. This fast race circuit provides runners a unique opportunity to get a PB on this closed racetrack, with a grandstand finish in the pit lane. Runners have the option of running a single lap 5K or two lap 10K distance, finishing as the sun sets over this iconic circuit.
The Great Eastern Run on 13th October in Peterborough gives runners the chance to experience a City Centre half marathon. Runners feel the buzz of a big crowd as they weave their way through the streets of Peterborough past many of the city’s landmarks in this marque event. Joined by athletes from countries around the world, pacers will help runners strive for a PB on this fast course. A fully equipped event village makes this a great event for the family.
The Duxford Dash 5k and 10k in Autumn 2024 marks the completion of our events for the season with us returning to the track (or runway) to run along the famous Duxford airfield, lined with historic planes and landing vehicles this event truly is a one of a kind.
All our races have their own unique medal upon completion, along with other merchandise options to remember your day by.
2024 East Anglia Event Calendar
Pensthorpe is the ultimate destination for discovery. Explore magical gardens, educational experiences, adventurous play, and a breath-taking nature reserve filled with flora, fauna and fun.
We’ve got four fabulous gardens to explore, and our species-rich, internationally recognised nature reserve is as diverse as it is delightful. Explore wetlands and hedgerows, woodland and riverbanks, and farmland and water meadows, all from our easy-to-follow trails.
At Pensthorpe, you’re guaranteed to get up close with a wide variety of native bird species, but if you prefer your bird-spotting a little more tropical check out our resident flamingos and majestic Eurasian, East African and red-crowned cranes.
Pensthorpe also offers awesome adventures for little nature lovers. From our impressive outdoor eco-friendly play area, WildRootz, to rope bridges, snaking slides, and tree-top towers inside Hootz House.
And there’s lots more to keep young minds buzzing. Ride off-road on the Pensthorpe Explorer, check out fascinating fossils in the Discovery Centre, and set off on our activity-packed trails.
Need to recharge? Our café is the perfect pitstop, with a selection of drinks, snacks, light lunches and freshly prepared hot meals. And our shop is stocked with everything from handcrafted jewellery, homewares and bird feeders to handpicked wildlife books, wellies and children’s toys – not to mention locally produced food and drink.
Ideally located, close to Fakenham and a 45-minute drive from Norwich and King’s Lynn, Pensthorpe makes for an action-packed outing for the whole family. It’s where little adventures happen every day, and we hope you’ll visit us soon.
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).
Mattishall Golf Club, located between Dereham and Norwich provides a 9-hole course that challenges experienced players, but is also a great course for those new to the game and a six bay covered driving range which is open to members and non-members.
Our course has one of the longest Par 5 holes in the UK at 638 yards. Interspersed with some challenging Par 3’s. Mattishall’s Golf course, near to Dereham, is an ideal place to start learning the game of golf, make a step up from pitch and putt, or simply put your golf skills to the test at a friendly local golf club. We regularly hold golf competitions and events. We have a variety of membership packages and offers available which are always changing to ensure you to get the most out of our club for your money.
Our six bay covered driving range sits to one side of our course and is open to members & non-members with an astro turf hitting area allowing you to use your own tees when practising. The range balls are of a high standard and yardage signs from 50-250 yards make this an ideal place to practice and improve your game.
The clubhouse, provides changing facilities, along with licensed lounge bar serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. The sun terrace overlooking the course provides an ideal environment to relax after your round.