Family day out at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve Norfolk

Family day out at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve Norfolk
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Like many mums I’ve experienced guilt as a new parent. And last week whilst I was having a lovely day out with Miss Belle and my best friend and her children, I felt a new type of mum guilt. A Stay At Home Mum guilt. I felt guilty that I was the one watching Miss Belle have so much fun when Daddy was hard at work.  It wasn’t a family day out.  He was missing out. Yes Daddy is always the favourite parent at the weekends, but there are definitely some perks to being a SAHM. This weekend I was determined we would have a lovely day together so that Daddy could get in on the action. We decided to make use of my annual pass and have a family day out at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

The perfect family day out at Pensthorpe

Pensthorpe has been voted Norfolk’s Best Large Attraction in 2014 and 2015. It’s the perfect place for a family day out in Norfolk. There are beautiful gardens to walk around, lakeside nature trails and woodland walks, flamingos, cranes and ducks and geese gallore. Pensthorpe is a birdwatchers paradise and they also have little huts where you can sit and view the surroundings.

Family Day Out At Pensthorpe In The Autumn

My annual pass gives a discount to the entry price for up to two guests and discount on food. I’ve already been five times with different friends since I took out my pass in the summer and it’s definitely been worth it. Not only is Pensthorpe beautiful, but there is a fantastic indoor play area, Hootz House, and a brilliant outdoor play area. Although the weather is now turning and most of the pretty flowers have disappeared, the autumnal feel to Pensthorpe in October was really nice. I’m not really an autumn person, but even I could appreciate the beauty in the turning leaves.

Family Day Out At Pensthorpe In The Autumn

We got there at about 11:15 so went straight to the indoor play before lunch. There is also a really lovely cafe which sells hot food, snacks and delicious cakes where we had lunch. Then Miss Belle wanted to feed the ducks, her highlight of our Pensthorpe visits. They sell special duck feed for £1 and we walked around the lakes stopping to feed the ducks and geese.

Family Day Out At Pensthorpe Feeding The Ducks


We carried on walking and taking the scenery in when Miss Belle napped in the buggy. After she woke up we fed some more ducks. Then we went to the outdoor play area where she could go on the slides, swings, and run around in the little play houses. It was so nice to see her and her Daddy having so much fun.

Family Day Out At Pensthorpe Feeding The Ducks

I was never really outdoorsy before I had Miss Belle.  In fact, a few years ago I’d have thought going to a park full of gardens and loads of birds was a bit dull. Oh how I have changed. What can I say? There’s something about seeing the magic that nature brings to my toddler’s little face. The pure joy that comes from watching her smell flowers and feed the ducks. But what made the day for me, was seeing how happy it also made Daddy. A quality family day is what weekends are all about.

If you’ve never been or if you’re visiting Norfolk in the future, I can highly recommend a family day out at Pensthorpe.


Family Day Out At Pensthorpe

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  1. 2nd November 2016 / 8:55 pm

    It sounds like a lovely day out! I agree that there’s something wonderful about the way a toddler experiences nature – I love to watch my daughter wander around the outdoors too. #FamilyFun

  2. Josefine
    2nd November 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely family outing! And it’s so true how you learn to appreciate the little things and see so many things in a whole new light when you see it through the eyes of a little one! xx

  3. 3rd November 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Loved how my daughter gave me my set of mom googles 🙂 this place looks beautiful! #ablogginggoodtime

  4. 3rd November 2016 / 8:02 pm

    What a stunning place, ideal for a day out. I love having family trips out on the weekend, even if its just an hour, the quality time together is so worth it! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

    • thisismenow
      3rd November 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Absolutely – even just an hour or two makes the weekend go from just normal to a bit special. Thanks for hosting #ablogginggoodtime x

  5. 3rd November 2016 / 11:01 pm

    Gorgeous photos – Pensthorpe looks a fabulous place – especially in autumn. I’m pleased Daddy got to go too 🙂 xx #ablogginggoodtime

    • thisismenow
      4th November 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks x

  6. 4th November 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I love Pensthorpe. I come from Norfolk and during the many return trips to see my parents with the children when they were younger we would always go for the day. Even now when I go back and I see the signs I get a yearning to drop in but the teens have moved on! #ablogginggoodtime

    • thisismenow
      4th November 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Ahhh hello fellow Norfolker! Yeah it’s lovely isn’t it. I think it’ll be great whilst Miss Belle is young but I imagine teenagers grow out of it! Thanks for reading x

  7. 6th November 2016 / 3:02 pm

    THankfully my partner know that being a full time mum is difficult and doesn’t mind us having “fun” without him. This does look like a perfect day out and if we lived near norfolk I think we’d be regulars. My partner is starting to appreciate parks a little more now my son wants to go to them all the time! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  8. Caroline
    9th March 2017 / 5:30 pm

    This looks like a great place to visit and very beautiful xx

    • thisismenow
      10th March 2017 / 9:12 am

      It is! x

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