Fairhaven gardens is one of the most naturally stunning areas in the whole of the Norfolk Broads, as it boasts a superb woodland, plant life that varies throughout the seasons and it’s own private broad that you can explore thanks to the daily boat trips! Keep active by taking advantage of the numerous walkways that lead you through the trees and across the water garden giving you picturesque views and chances to see some of the areas wildlife! After you’ve enjoyed the walkways, why not head back to the visitor centre and grab a bite to eat and a drink from the tea room. It’s a great way to keep your energy levels up if you should fancy doing any more walking and exploring.
Where is Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden?
Fairhaven Woodland & Garden Centre is just over ten miles northeast of Norwich and just over six miles southeast of Wroxham. Please see the map below for details:
Where to Park at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
To meet the parking needs of the centres many visitors, Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden boasts a good sized car park that’s directly accessible from the main road, giving you easy access and plenty of space to park your car no mater how big it is! But take care on rainy days as you will be parking on grass that can get rather muddy after a bit of rainfall! For disabled visitors, there are reserved parking spaces close to the entrance to the visitor centre that has wide doors and ramps, so wheelchair access is as easy as possible.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden Walks
One thing that may surprise you about Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is the size of it. From the outside it looks like an averaged size nature centre but once you’ve paid your admission, entered the garden and opened up your leaflet map you were handed at the counter, you will realise that it’s not just your average nature garden, it’s an entire woodland (and broad)! To start with their are two main trails. One to the left that leads you down a slope and into the woodland along a dyke system where you will soon come to an ancient oak tree that’s almost 1000 years old!
From here, you will have a selection of routes where you can either continue through the woodland to the broad or explore the wooden walkways through the water garden. The second trail from the start is just to the right and will take you along the edge of a field with the woodland to your left. It will then take you into the woodland where you will join the inner trails. It’s always handy to keep checking your map but don’t worry, you won’t get lost as there are numerous sign posts as well as garden staff on hand throughout the area! It’s also great for wheelchair users and pushchairs, as all of the paths are plenty wide enough and flat enough to be negotiated.
What else does Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden have to offer?
Once you’ve reached the private Broad, you will have the option to explore a little further by taking one of the popular boat trips that depart throughout the day. You can either enjoy a short 20 minute trip around the broad itself or an extended trip lasting 50 minutes that will show you additional sights including the St. Benet’s Abbey Ruins, either way you will get to see some beautiful views!
There are also a lovely selection of plants available for purchase that are perfect for brightening up your garden throughout the seasons. These include Bulbs, Primulas, Perennials, Shrubs and even garden tools! The garden centre is located on site and maintained by the talented garden team with delivery being by 24 hour courier, making sure that plant quality is not affected by delayed deliveries! There will also be an online shop coming soon, so you will be able to make purchases through the plant sales website directly!
Don’t forget to visit the Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens website, to help you stay up to date with all the amazing events that take place throughout the year!