It has been a long-standing ambition of mine to seek out wild bluebells whilst they are in season here in Norfolk; last year was the first time that I actually managed it, with a visit to Foxley Wood, and now I’m on a mission to go and see the spectacular flora somewhere new each year.
This time around, the fortnight long wild bluebell event at Fairhaven Water Gardens caught my eye; I have previously visited Fairhaven during the winter and I was excited to see how it differed during the warmer months.
Fairhaven Water Gardens
Location: Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is a pleasant 9 mile drive east of Norwich, in South Walsham.
Entry Prices: Adult – £6.75 (including a 10% voluntary donation). Children’s tickets and Concessions are also available.
Events: The wild bluebell event ran from 24th April – 7th May this year – now closed.
Website: For the most accurate information on entry prices, opening times, events etc. please visit Fairhaven’s website.
Even if you can’t make it for the brief bluebell season, a visit for just the gardens alone is well worth it as Fairhaven boasts beautifully cultivated floral displays, meandering through natural woodland. The gardens are also perfect for nature lovers as there are a couple of bird hides where you can look out over the adjacent broad (and hopefully spot some local wildlife).
Wild Bluebells, Fairhaven
My ticket allowed me access to the gardens themselves as well as the area of neighbouring woodland, at the top end of the grounds, that was opened up specially for the bluebell event.
Upon first entering the gates to the separate woodland area for the wild bluebells I noticed that some of the flowers were already wilting and I was nervous that it wasn’t going to be as magical as my visit to Foxley Wood.
However I headed determinedly onwards along the woodland path and nature did not disappoint!
Just like on my previous visit to see the wild bluebells, there were tantalising glimpses of purple amongst the trees that led me deeper and deeper into the woodland and all of a sudden I was hit with the most beautiful carpet of purple as far as the eye could see.
What I particularly loved about the wild bluebells at Fairhaven was how they swept up and over the gentle curve of the hillside like a forest fire of pure purple.
You’d certainly be forgiven for thinking that I had stumbled into an enchanted forest from an old fairytale book.
Wild Bluebells of Foxley Wood
Last year’s bluebell expedition was to Foxley Woods which is much larger than Fairhaven and definitely involves more walking to find where the flowers are growing.
More details of my trip can be found in my Wild Bluebells of Foxley Wood post.
Where to Next?
If you have any recommendations about where else I can experience wild bluebells in Norfolk (England) then leave them in the comments section below.