Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Annual Green Festival Sunday, June 24

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham is staging its annual Green Festival on Sunday, June 24, 10am to 5pm. An action-packed day of entertainment and fun environmental activities is on offer in this beautiful Broadland garden. Normal entry charges apply on the day: adult £5.50, concessions £5 and child £3 (under 5 free).

Meet Baloo the alpaca, the festival’s mascot and go on the alpaca amble with the Burnt Fen alpaca herd. Children will enjoy the yurt village play area in the woods with circus skills, Punch & Judy, recycled crafts and face painting. The Greenword Storytellers will be telling the tale of The Enchanted Sleep in Fairhaven’s new willow enclosure, all about a gardener and his struggle with brambles.

The Dixieland Jazz Trio provides the musical backdrop in the morning, with The He Hews and their brand of ska/skiffle in the afternoon. Craft demonstrators include pottery, willow hurdles, pole lathe turning, spinning, weaving and dyeing and bead making. There will also be craft stalls and ideas for green living.

The Nancy Oldfield Trust’s electric boat will be offering boat trips on the broad, alongside Fairhaven’s ‘Primrose’.

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 throughout 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.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, winner of Best Broads Holiday Experience and Best Visitor attraction under 50,000 visitors) EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards 2011.

Photograph: The He Hews