Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Visitor centre, gift shop, tearoom, plant sales, boat trips (April to end of October), sensory garden, winter garden, coach parking.
The garden is easily accessible by wheelchair. If booking in advance you can hire a mobility buggy should you require one. Throughout the garden there are Braille information points. The tearoom, gift shop and boat have hearing loops installed for those with hearing aids.
There are events throughout the year. Please telephone or visit website for a full list of events.
Length of Visit
Minimum of two hours for garden visit. Also available as a tea/coffee stop – no entrance fee for tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.
Telephone: 01603 270449
Location: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is situated nine miles east of Norwich at School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ. Follow brown signs from A47 / B1140 junction.
A haven of peace and tranquillity…..
Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is one of the county’s best-kept secrets. Boasting the UK’s finest naturalised collection of candelabra primulas, a 950 year old oak tree (home to a family of ducks), and 130 acres of natural woodland and water garden.
3½ miles of woodland pathways meander through the ancient woodland, which is dotted with little glades – perfect for a picnic. A network of dykes lead down to the private broad where you have the chance to see kingfishers, otters and masses of dragonflies. The wet and shady garden is perfect for rhododendrons, primulas, gunnera, hydrangeas and a host of other majestic plants, many of which are available to buy in the plant sales area.
A garden for all seasons…..
Whether you choose to visit in the height of summer or in the depths of winter there is always something to see. Spring highlights include carpets of wild primroses and wood anemones (April), numerous nesting waterfowl and the famed candelabra primulas (last two weeks in May). During the summer, you can enjoy Sunday afternoon concerts in the Glade, or take a relaxing trip on Primrose, the Edwardian style river cruiser. October and November bring stunning autumn colours as the ancient beech and oak trees lose their leaves. The winter months at Fairhaven bring forth an abundance of migrating birds, which over-winter on the private broad.
The Kingfisher Tearoom serves light lunches, a huge selection of homemade cakes, local ice cream, Fairtrade tea, and coffees throughout the day. The well-stocked gift shop offers a wide variety of locally produced crafts, gifts and cards.