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“Good if you like this sort of thing”

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful day out away from the hustle and bustle in our 130 acre organic woodland garden with our exclusive broad. Wander the 3 miles of fully-accessible paths, take a trip on our boat Primrose then enjoy a cream tea or light lunch in our eco-tearoom before browsing around our giftshop. Open all year round except Christmas day Fairhaven is a garden for all seasons whether you visit us in Spring to see the spectacular primula display, in Summer to enjoy our events, in Autumn to appreciate the amazing autumnal colour or Winter to view the wildlife. 2017 Entry prices: Adults £6.75, Concessions £6.15, Children £3.85, Dogs 25p. 2017 Boat trip prices: 20 minute Broads trip, Adults £3.75, Children £2.75, Dogs 50p each (only two dogs per trip permitted). St Benet's Abbey trip, Adults £6.75, Children £4.75, Dogs £1 each (only two dogs per trip permitted.)
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Leicester
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Good if you like this sort of thing”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We spent a nice relaxing afternoon at Fairhaven. Some people have complained it was too expensive, but compared to plenty of national trust open days, I think it is not bad. The water areas were lovely and we liked the bird hut, although we didn't see too many birds at the time. If you enjoy walking around woodlands and just enjoying the greenery and wildlife, it's quite charming. I think with the bird hut possibly you should call them up and ask what time of day is best, as it has a good set up for viewing that it would be good to take advantage of.

We had a little bit of ice cream from the shop and that was a nice treat after our walking.

Visited August 2014
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Paul D, Public Relations Manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you very much for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with us. Your suggestion that visitors should contact us in advance is excellent. We always welcome enquiries about the wildlife, the flowering season and our facilities, to help visitors prepare their trip to the garden.
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English first
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“A wonderful place, disabled scooter can be book.”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I've been to this place so many time, it changes all year round. You can phone up and book a disabled scooter if need, what for me is great. I can get to go with my family and see the place without the discomfort of walking. There is a bird hut there too and we have seen some wonderful birds. If you go around the time of the bluebell then there is a walk you can go on, had some wonderful photos of the gardens every time we go. There is a boat there, what I hadn't been on yeah but hope to. Some plants for sale and a tearoom there, the tearoom does get busy. You can get a yearly pass to the place, that works out good if your local also.

Visited June 2014
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Paul D, Public Relations Manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased that you enjoy visiting us at different times of year and make use of our mobility scooters to explore the garden. I do hope you will take a trip soon on our accessible boat, the Primula.
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Norwich, U.K.
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57 reviews
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“A missed opportunity”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We had a very enjoyable visit with lovely weather. the gardens were lovely and very peaceful. There was so much duck weed on the water that it looked like a very luscious lawn! Maybe the introduction of some barley strw would help the problem.
Boat trip to St Benets Abbey was a lovely way to relax and admire the views.
All through the gardens we kept wondering about the names of the trees and interesting plants but not a single label on or near the the interesting specimens . What a shame we could not buy any plants like the ones we saw because we did not know what to ask for. We cannot be the only visitors who like to know the name of unusual plants and trees.
Coffee was good in the cafe but scones rather leaden!

Visited August 2014
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Paul D, Public Relations Manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thank you very much for your review; I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the garden and the boat trip to St Benet's Abbey.

Thank you for pointing out the duckweed, which is particularly thick this year because of the flash flooding that we have had in the last few weeks - more nutrients running off the land = more weed. The weed has grown the most on King Stephen's Pond (nearest water to the garden entrance), because it isn't affected by the tide like the other dykes. We haven't taken any measures yet this year, but in the past when it has been very thick we have skimmed it off the top of the water. Unfortunately we would need rather a large amount of barley straw to make a difference.

Thank you also for raising the issue of plant labelling. We did have grant funding to label the main plants a few years ago, but unfortunately many of the signs were removed by visitors as 'souvenirs'. We will be adding labels to the main shrubs and trees over the winter.

Our staff are very happy to help with plant identification; a plant sales or garden team member is available most of the time. Alternatively, you can enquire at the shop and a phone call to a gardener will help identify the item.

I am sorry that you found your scone to be rather leaden. It would be good to know the day of your visit. That would help us find out who made them and we can provide the member of staff with additional baking training.
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Day Out”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Nice walks in the woodlands- well signed.
Peaceful.
Took 40 minute boat ride & this was interesting.
Could do with clearing some of the duck weed off the river

Visited July 2014
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Paul D, Public Relations Manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thank you very much for the review of your visit to Fairhaven. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your walk in the garden and the boat trip.

Thank you for pointing out the duckweed, which is particularly thick this year because of the flash flooding that we have had in the last few weeks - more nutrients running off the land = more weed. The weed has grown the most on King Stephen's Pond (nearest water to the garden entrance), because it isn't affected by the tide like the other dykes. We haven't taken any measures yet this year, but in the past when it has been very thick we have skimmed it off the top of the water.
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Average pricey gardens but boat trip was fab”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We visited with a boat trip in mind and I'm glad we'd planned on that and not just the gardens. It was nice for a shaded woodland style walk but there wasn't a great deal to see, especially not for the price.

The boat trip to the abbey was well worth the money, 50 minutes with an informative skipper and a nice relaxing journey.

We finished off with a nice pannini in the tea room.

Altogether this cost us around £50

Visited August 2014
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Paul D, Public Relations Manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the boat trip out to St Benet’s Abbey and our skipper’s commentary and also enjoyed your walk in the garden and the panini in the tearoom.

There are more 3½ miles of footpaths at Fairhaven, which criss-cross the water channels that give the garden its character. There are many ancient oak and beech trees to enjoy, particularly the King Oak, which is one of the oldest trees in Norfolk and was a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings. The summer is a great time for dragonflies and butterflies, as well as our resident bird population.

I am sorry you felt that the admission charge to the garden is high. We are a small charity. The money from the entry charge goes straight towards maintaining the garden.

I do hope you will return to see our lovely autumn colours, or perhaps the spring flowers, especially the candelabra primulas in May.
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