Fakenham attraction gets a £1m boost

Wildrootz at Pensthorpe'picture credit Darren Williams ANL-140725-105944001
Wildrootz at Pensthorpe'picture credit Darren Williams ANL-140725-105944001

A new £1 million family attraction is being planned at Pensthorpe, the award-winning wildlife and nature park near Fakenham.

The news comes as Pensthorpe announced a 60 per cent increase in visitors since launching WildRootz outdoor play development.

This has prompted work to start on the new indoor play development attraction which is due to open in spring 2015.

The 7,000 sq metre play area WildRootz, which opened to the public 12 months ago in a bid to excite the next generation about the natural world, is believed to be the reason for a 200 per cent increase in child visitors compared to the same period last year.

There has also been a 60 per cent increase in adult visitors, a 78 per cent rise in the number of under 3’s and 50 per cent more school groups and party bookings.

The news has cemented Pensthope’s plan to launch an indoor play facility to complement the ethos of WildRootz, which is about getting children away from technology and back into more old fashion play and exploration.

The new £1million indoor play development will bring the ‘outdoors-indoors’ giving children an ‘all-weather’ opportunity to learn about nature, take an interest in local wildlife and have exposure to an environment which will test their minds as well as their sense of adventure.

Deb Jordan, co-owner of Pensthorpe, said: “For the past eight years we’ve explored the ways children connect with nature and the most effective methods of exciting them about the natural world. By marrying our landscapes, wildlife and expertise with a unique and challenging play space, we hope to have made a good start in engaging with the next generation.

“WildRootz has been a wonderful development for Pensthorpe and we’re truly excited about our plans to complement it with an indoor play facility.”

The new indoor play area will naturally integrate with the style of WildRootz to comprise a myriad of natural features aimed at bringing the ‘outdoors in’. It will be located next to WildRootz, enabling visitors to make the most of the Park’s gardens, wetlands, farmland and use the Pensthorpe Passport to integrate the experience.

Work is now underway with a view to opening to the public in spring 2015.

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