Garden, Nature and Animal Attractions in West Norfolk
If you are an animal lover why not get up close and personal to a herd of
deer at Snettisham Farm Park
and see a real live Norfolk farm in action as it goes about its daily
business. Feed the lambs, cuddle a rabbit and collect eggs from the
chickens. The children's playground is great fun too, as is the
orchard where you can have a lovely picnic. Visitors to Snettisham
Park Farm in summer 2012 are in for a brand new treat since there have been
a great many changes to the farm ready for 2012 - keep checking the news
pages for upates.
Snettisham Park Farm's 45 minute deer safari offers visitors the opportunity in the summer to marvel at the female deer with their baby calves. Each year births of new born calves are seen at Snettisham Park Farm from mid-May through July. Newly born deer calves are kept hidden by the doe deers as a means of protection until they are more resilient. It is a great part of the deer safari to keep your eyes peeled for the hidden calves in long grass and holes in the ground too!
Seeing the young calves as they develop, grow and gain their confidence as their grasp on the world expands is also a joyful experience for all the family. Whatever the season, the deer safari is a fantastic way to spend the day with your children and add to their education at the same time. Click here to read about a recent deer safari searching for new born deer calves.
The kids will also love the rare breeds and fun play equipment at Church Farm and Norfolk Lavender (which also offers a great deal for the gardener throughout the year). The nearby Butterfly and Wildlife Park is also home to reptiles and wallabies. Why not also visit the Houghton Fallow Deer Stud.
There are many more gardens at West Norfolk's stately homes including: Houghton Hall, Sandringham. If you like model railway you can also enjoy the current work in progress there as well. In addition, the lovely Bircham Windmill has rabbits and guinea pigs for the children to stroke as well as ponies, chickens and a goat!
Steeped in history, the grand 18th century Palladian hall at Holkham has the perfect location, surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife, and the nearby north Norfolk coast with its stunning beach and National Nature Reserve. Explore Holkham Park following the nature trail and try your hand at the quiz along the way. During high days and holidays, bikes are available to hire from HolkhamByCycle, and what better way to explore the area, than on two wheels. For those gardening enthusiasts the restoration project in the 18th century walled gardens will be of great interest and an opportunity to see our team at work to bring the gardens back to their former glory.
Go seal watching on Searle's World War II amphibious vehicle, or "The Wash Monster" as it is most commonly called. See Hunstanton from a new perspective as you look on from the boat, see the baby seals, and be exhilarated by this amazing sea-going vehicle.