Parks and gardens...
Cared for by volunteers, this three-acre heritage garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity with an impressive gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, Italianate terrace, ‘Medieval’ terrace wall, woodland walkways and rustic bridge.
Buses: Blue Line 26
More info: plantationgarden.co.uk
Located in Oulton Broad the park is surrounded by stunning gardens with views over the broads. There’s a playground for all ages, a boating lake, trampolines, crazy golf and the open space is ideal for family picnics or to enjoy ball games. The park is also home to Lowestoft Museum and Pets Corner Farm Park.
Buses: Lowestoft Town Bus 106
An easy 30 minute walk from Wroxham, these gardens are part of the Hoveton Hall Estate and offer a walled garden planted with mainly herbaceous plants, a kitchen garden, a water garden and a woodland garden with rhododendrons and azaleas.
Buses: Pink Line 12
More info: hovetonhallestate.co.uk
Situated just over a mile walk along country lanes from the main Norwich to Beccles road, the Edwardian gardens include herbacious and mixed borders, wildflower meadows, rolling meadows and walled Victorian kitchen garden.
It also offers a cafe.
Buses: Coastlink X2|X21|X22
More info: raveningham.com
With over 80 acres of things to see and do, Eaton Park is one of Norwich’s most beautiful historic parks. There’s adventure golf, a putting green, 18-hole pitch and putt course, a miniature railway, playgrounds, boating lake, sports pitches and a popular cafe offering drinks, cakes and lunches.
More info: friendsofeatonpark.co.uk
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