Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair 2020 Returns showcasing NORFOLK AS ‘BIRDWATCHING CAPITAL OF BRITAIN’



A team of local nature and conservation experts are coming together to host its second bird and wildlife fair showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’. 

The Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair will be held at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020, and will be a celebration of nature-spotting in Norfolk. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from specialists in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and nature holidays. Also, visitors will be able to find out about new product launches, hear from expert speakers and enjoy guided walks and demonstrations.

First held in 2019, the fair attracted over 2,000 bird watchers and nature lovers from all over the country. The fair will highlight the county’s credentials as a birding and wildlife hotspot and shine a light on the myriad of extraordinary species attracted to the area. April and May are the peak times for spring bird migration so the event provides a weekend for birders to visit Pensthorpe, renowned for its wildlife and birding credentials, and stay in the county right in the middle of the busy migratory period.



Birdwatching at Pensthorpe

The event will be hosted by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), a charity dedicated to creating a centre of excellence in ecological restoration, promoting sustainable farming and researching, breeding and protecting threatened species. The PCT counts environmental heavy-weights Professor David Bellamy OBE as its Honorary Vice President, Dr George Archibald CM as Trustee and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has been announced as the charity beneficiary for the second year, meaning that a percentage of funds raised from the fair will be reinvested in the county to help protect local wetlands.

Day tickets cost £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and £8 for children (3-16 years). Weekend tickets are available to purchase online at a 15% discount until 30th April 2020. Under 3’s and Pensthorpe Annual Members are free. Parking is free. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the main reserve.

For more information about the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair or to book tickets visit here or call 01328 851465.


About Pensthorpe Natural Park. A 700 acre park in Fakenham where a wide range of birds stop off, as well as live, among the wetlands and farmed fields. Take one of the walking trails to explore areas with the best sightings such as oystercatchers, snipes, great-crested grebes, lapwings and treecreepers. Between October and April you will be treated to skeins of pink-footed geese who visit north Norfolk in their hundreds of thousands from their breeding grounds in Greenland and Iceland. There are plenty of bird feeding events and wardens on hand to help you get closer to nature.