Spring is the season of flowers, it is during these months that the wild animals, insects and nature come to life after a dormant winter. It brings a fresh vibrancy, with colour bursting from the hedgerows and the birds singing, it is the perfect time to visit glorious and well-maintained garden.
Blickling Hall and Gardens, Norwich
If you happen to be on holiday during April and May in the Norfolk area, then you are in for a visual treat! Blickling Hall and Gardens are well-known for the amazing and vast display of bluebells during these months, so be sure to check out the incredible display while you are there. There are lots of fascinations around which will please all members of the family. For children, there are giant games to play with and activities that are aimed at encouraging them to get excited about nature and to grow their own plants. The garden has an Orangery containing fruit trees, a temple and a large lake that creates an impressive reflection of the stately home and the gardens around it on a good day. There are two secret and hidden tunnels, which are great for exploring and provide the ideal picnic spot. There is over 3000 acres of farmland, so whether you are visiting the gardens or choosing one of the many paths for a walk through the countryside, your day will be filled with nature!
Elsing Hall Garden, Dereham
Elsing Hall and Gardens is a traditional style house and moat, encompassed by a stunning array of beautiful plants. Part of the garden is purely dedicated to roses, which when they are in full bloom have a very strong and traditional rose smell, something that is lacking in many of the shop brought roses that you can get today.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, Norwich
A 130-acre natural garden with wooded areas and nature paths to follow. It is the perfect place for a stroll and exploring with your family and dog, or you may just want to sit and watch the world go by. Throughout the spring and summer there are a range of interesting and fun activities that take place at the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden; photography workshops, boat trips, canoe outings, theatre and much more. There are tearooms there, if you fancy a cup of tea and bite to eat.
Bressingham Gardens, Bressingham
Bressingham Gardens is not just a stunning outdoor space, they also have steam train journeys available through the gardens which give you a seated tour of the plants and woodlands. There is a choice of short journeys you can take, depending on what part of the garden you are keen to explore by foot or have already explored earlier in the day. Visitors are offered the chance to experience driving the stream train and are given an insight into the maintenance taken to keep the trains looking their best. The planting of the gardens began in 1953 and there is claimed to be over an impressive 8000 varieties of plants.
Sandringham House Gardens, Sandringham
A museum and gardens, Sandringham House is really the type of place to spend a whole day! The attentive and informative guides will be on hand to answer your questions and show you the collections of photographs, ceramics and Royal vehicles. There are over 24 acres of gardens which have been developed over the years by various members of the royal family. Part of the estate is an impressive 100 acres of lavender, the incredible scent and vibrancy of colour from the fields is reason enough to stop off at the house.
Pensthorpe Gardens, Fakenham
The winner of the Norfolk’s Best Large Attraction Award will not disappoint, with over 700 acres, a lake, nature trails and woodland walks, the grounds and gardens will have a surprise at every turn and the bright, colourful plants will take your breath away! The sculptures in the wave garden are stunning pieces of art, which all visitors should be sure to enjoy when they go. Whether you visit for a walk, to just relax in a beautiful place or to buy some of Norfolk’s delicious local produce, you will enjoy your day.
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