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unique attraction for all garden lovers, naturalists, artists and
photographers - or those who simply want a restful break. What could
be nicer than to stroll through an enchanting garden, explore the
nature trail, perhaps spot a kingfisher and enjoy delicious home
The Gooderstone Water Gardens, located in West Norfolk near to Swaffham, consists of six acres of garden with:
*A natural trout stream *Four ponds *Waterways *Thirteen bridges
*Mature trees & shrubs *Colourful borders *Nature trail *Kingfisher hide
*Grass paths *Tearoom & Plant Sales
Billy Knights, a retired farmer began designing and creating
the Water Gardens in 1970 in his 70th year. The site was a damp meadow
which became too wet for cattle to graze. Mr Knights' son jokingly
suggested he should have a water garden, which prompted him to draw
out plans (on the back of a piece of wallpaper) and he soon had machines
digging out the ponds and waterways. He worked on his garden with love
and enthusiasm until he died aged 93. For over 20 years the gardens
had been open to the public.
Both Billy and his wife Florence loved their gardens and sharing them
with others. With this in mind and as a tribute to her parents Coral
Hoyos began restoration in April 2002. Having been unattended and closed
for five years, the Gardens had become quite derelict. However they
were re-opened again in June 2003, with a new car park, refurbished
tea-room / gallery, a toilet for disabled people and an 8 acre nature
trail. There has since been the addition of a bird hide,
bamboo grove, scented arbour, plant sales and a rustic roundhouse.
To help you find your way round, the bridges are numbered and when you have walked enough rest on one of the many benches provided, or perhaps visit the tearoom in the south-east corner where you can enjoy a relaxing cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee, soft drinks, ice-creams and delicious home made cakes.
for a map of how to get here
|Admission & Info: 2016
Adult ££6.50 (£5.50 from 1st Oct.)| Senior Citizen££6.00.(£5.00 from 1st Oct.)
| Child 0-16 yrs.(accompanied only) FREE
Gooderstone residents £3.50
Users of Electric Wheelchair or buggy £3.50, Wheelchair user and pusher charged as one
DOGS on leads with well behaved owners Welcome!
SORRY,WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT CARD PAYMENTS.
Season Tickets Are Available
Garden & Wildlife area
10.00am - 5.30pm (or dusk if sooner)
(last admission 4.30pm)
1ST JAN - 31ST DEC DAILY
Open Saturdays & Sundays only from 12th March-29th May 2016. *Possibly open some weekdays during this period but please check - (Tel: 01366 328118).
Open EVERY day of week from 30th May-9th October 2016.
All Bank Holidays except Dec & Jan.
E V E N T S -
THEATRE IN THE GARDEN - 31st July 2016 6pm.
Evening Exhibition of Gamebird and Wildlife Paintings by Carl Donner Thurs. 6th Oct. 2016 6-9 pm. Free Admission.
Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 19th Nov. and Sun 20th Nov. 2016. Craft stalls, refreshments, cakes and hot food, tombola.
Come and learn how to make your own Christmas decorations and wreaths. 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Free Admission.
BUNNY HUNT again - Easter 2017. Great fun for all the family. Don't miss it!
Gooderstone Water Gardens
Registered with the Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association.
Cert No. 111