Gross Nature at Pensthorpe


From alien invaders and pond monsters to poo eating insects and vampire plants, Pensthorpe’s event for summer is designed for the bravest souls who wish to learn about the grossest parts of nature.

Entertaining explorers from Saturday 22nd July to Tuesday 5th September, the trail begins at the Discovery Centre at the popular Norfolk attraction and takes visitors across the reserve, helping families learn about the weird, wonderful and slightly gross techniques that mammals, insects, plants and fungi use to thrive across the area.

In addition to the main trail, Pensthorpe is collaborating with The Bug Parc for summer, a Lenwade-based teaching centre and zoo dedicated to the protection of rare insects, arachnids and other invertebrates. Designing a trail for WildRootz outdoor playground, The Bug Parc trail sees little naturalists examine how different species use their tails, claws or fangs for eating, attacking or defending themselves.

When tummies start to rumble, Pensthorpe’s Courtyard Café is serving its new menu consisting of heart pub classics and light bites, including sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and hot and cold drinks.

Once visitors have completed the trails, there’s flamingo talks, pond dipping and free arts and crafts activities to enjoy across the reserve; as well as the five blooming gardens that are bursting with colour and life.

Adult tickets are £14.95, seniors and child tickets (3-16) are £13.95.