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Fairhaven Garden

Beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad in the heart of the Norfolk Broads

An Introduction to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Boat Trips
New Growth
Old Oak Tree

The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The garden was left in trust by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven in 1973, and was opened to the public in 1975. The garden is renowned for its fabulous collection of candelabra primulas – the best naturalised collection in the UK – which can be seen in May. It is also well known for magnificent Autumn Colour's in late October and early November. Fairhaven also organise events throughout the year, such as jazz music.
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Fairhaven Garden Plan

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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Guided Picture Tour

We start our tour of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens at the ticket office, where you can not only buy tickets for the garden, but also browse the gift shop and view the map of the garden. There is also a tea room and plant sales.
Garden Entrance
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden entrance
Fairhaven Cafe
Tea rooms at Fairhaven gardens

The garden is famous for its carpet of yellow primroses and in late spring, candelabra primroses. There are also many daffodils, camellia, azaleas and rhododendron. Spring is a time to see all the new shoots and growth, such as fern fronds opening out.
Old Oak tree in Spring
Water Garden
Meandering streams
Carpet of Primrose
White Daffodils
Spring Growth
New spring growth
Oak View
Footpaths at Fairhaven Garden

It has been a few months since our last visit, so we went to see what the gardens are like in summer. We were not disappointed! A green canopy shades the hot sun from a dense green undergrowth containing many ferns, foxgloves and some enormous foliage. Water Lilies and Hydrangeas were just coming into flower.
The Old Oak
Old Oak tree in Summer
Summer Green
Green water
Big Plants
Dense undergrowth
Massive Leaves
Massive foliage
The bridges and paths are surrounded by dense green plants, with peaceful woodland and water walks.
Dense Foliage
Water bridges
Wooded Paths
Woodland walks
Water Paths
Peaceful water walks
Water Lilly
White water lilies
On hot days, the canopy of leaves is welcome!
There is a bamboo tunnel, near the water.
Tree Canopy
Tree canopy
Bamboo Tunnel
Bamboo tunnel

Throughout the year the paths are well sign posted and there are little pieces of information along the way.
You can take boat trips around the private Broad from the gardens own staithe.
Path signpost
Fairhaven boat trips around the Broad

Fairhaven Garden summary of what to SEE and DO

Beautiful woodland paths
Candelabra Primulas in spring
Magnificent autumn colours
Private broad views and boat trips
Special events such as jazz
Tea rooms an plant sales
The gardens can found in South Walsham. It is well signposted (follow gardens sign) or set your SAT NAV to NR13 6DZ. The garden is open 10am to 5pm daily. Entry costs £4.75 for adults, children £2.25. Tel: 01603 270449

Our Verdict

We love Fairhaven as there is always something to see all year round. They allow dogs on leads, so it makes somewhere that your dog can join in too. Even on busy days, you can feel that you are the only visitor in the garden!
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