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Stretching across 53 hectares of beautiful, ancient woodland, the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (read more) offers a unique attraction for visitors to the Norfolk area.


The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden was created by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton (bio), and was left in trust upon his death in 1973. Prior to this the site had been used by the military during the second World War.


Since 1975 when it first welcomed the public, the garden has been offering seasonal sights with each season offering a new experience to the visitor. In May, the garden’s collection of candelabra primulas can be seen, something for which it is now famous. However, it is also well known for its beautiful Autumn Colours, which can be seen in late October and early November. There are also events throughout the year, including jazz music.


The landscape itself also comprises a number of historical sights, including the ancient King Stephens fishpond which is listed in the Domesday book and the 950 year old oak. On top of this, visitors are also urged to look out for the gardens famous otters, a species that returned to the area in the 1990s.


However, the site isn’t just home to otters and there are hundreds of registered birds within the park. These can be seen on a daily basis and the site offers the perfect landscape for birdwatchers to view the species within a beautiful setting.


Read more from our Journal for inspiration while you’re staying with us in the Fairhaven Woodland apartment.