Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden 12th Annual Green Festival

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham is staging its 12th annual Green Festival on Sunday, June 26, 10am to 4pm. An action-packed day of entertainment and fun environmental activities is on offer in this beautiful Broadland garden. Normal admission charges: adult £5.50, concessions £5 and child £3.

Special events include: 11am & 2pm Bumblebee Walk; 11.30am &2.30pm Alpaca Amble; 12noon Nutmeg Puppet Theatre; 1.30pm children’s fancy dress bug parade – prize for best-dressed bug; 2pm-4pm live music from The He Hews. Other activities: Morris Dancing, circus skills, face painting, children’s crafts, clay play, fairy den building, insect box making, have-a-go felt making, sailing taster.

Demonstrations and stalls: Norfolk Countryside Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Burnt fen Alpacas, pole lathe turning, hurdle making, British Dragonfly Society, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society, master composter, BTCV, Norwich Bat Group, Wing and a Prayer, Nancy Oldfield Trust Electric Boat, Blofield and District Conservation group, EA Unearthed – outdoor activities specialists, soapmaker, crochet knitter and other craft stalls.

Boat trips on the Fairhaven Private Broad and South Walsham Broad on the ‘Primrose’ will be available all day (additional charge).

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449,

There is wheelchair access to most of the garden, including the Sensory Garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance. Mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), also open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August. There is a tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

Photograph: The He Hews.