Gooderstone Water Gardens is located in West Norfolk close to Swaffham, it consists of six acres of gardens which include a natural trout stream, four ponds, thirteen bridges, mature trees and shrubs, colourful borders, nature trails, grass pathways, a tearoom and plant sales.
With so much to see and do this makes a unique attraction for all garden lovers, naturalists, artists and photographers a perfect day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Billy Knights, a retired farmer began creating the Water Gardens in 1970, in his 70th year. The site was a damp meadow which became too wet for cattle to graze. Mr Knights' son jokingly suggested he should have a water garden, which prompted him to draw out plans and he soon had machines digging out the ponds and waterways. He worked on his garden with love and enthusiasm until he died aged 93. For over 20 years the gardens had been open to the public.
Both Billy and his wife Florence loved their gardens and sharing them with others. With this in mind and as a tribute to her parents Coral Hoyos began restoration in April 2002. Having been unattended and closed for five years, the Gardens had become quite derelict and overgrown. However they were re-opened again in June 2003, with a new car park, refurbished tea-room / gallery, a toilet for disabled people and an 8 acre nature trail. There has since been the addition of a bird hide, bamboo grove, scented arbour, plant sales and a rustic roundhouse.
Admission & Info: 2018 1st January-29th March 2018 Adult £ 5.00, Senior Citizen£ 5.00. 30th March-end October 2018 Adult £6.75, Senior £6.25 | Child 0-16 yrs.(accompanied only) FREE all year. Gooderstone residents £3.50 Users of Electric Wheelchair or buggy £3.50, Wheelchair user and pusher charged as one DOGS on leads with well behaved owners Welcome! SORRY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT CARD PAYMENTS. Season Tickets Are Available £20 per person, valid 1 year. Opening Times: Garden & Wildlife area 10.00am - 5.30pm (or dusk if sooner) (last admission 4.30pm) 1ST JAN - 31ST DEC DAILY
Tearoom Open Every day from 11th March 2018 (Mothering Sunday!) to end October 2018 (if weather fair) to check tel: 01366 328118/01366 328007 All Bank Holidays except Dec & Jan.
E V E N T S - THEATRE IN THE GARDEN 6 pm Sunday 29th July 2018. Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance" by DOT Productions. Please bring seats/blanket & picnic if you wish. Refreshments available.