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Snettisham Park is a busy working farm consisting of 362 acres.
One of its highlights is the unique and amazing tractor and covered trailer Deer Safari ride where you can get up close to the friendliest deer in the UK.
This 45 minute round trip takes you into our deer park and enables you to hand feed a spectacular herd of over 50 hinds plus the awesome stags. You will receive live commentary throughout and enjoy the parks rich and amazing wildlife plus learn about the crops we grow as you go. If you are lucky you might see the deer swim across the lake. During deer calving months of May, June and July you will be able to see beautiful spotted calves.
During the summer the stags grow their new antlers ready for the rutting season towards the end of September.
There are over 400 ewes which will lamb February to April. Visitors during this time, will be able to see new born lambs and maybe one being born. Activities include bottle feeding our lambs, collecting and grading freshly laid eggs, pony grooming, friendly goats to feed, watching our young calves being fed, guinea pig and rabbit cuddling. There are also pony rides during the school holidays for children.
Younger visitors will be able to enjoy our Young Drivers activity a chance for budding farms to practice their tractor driving skills on our pedal tractor track. They can also burn off energy on our play area.
There are three farm trails to walk around. A short farming trail 2/3 mile, a discovery trail 1.5 mile and an archaeology trail 2.5 miles. We guarantee you will learn something about this rich and fertile countryside and see an abundance of diverse wildlife and habitats along River Ingol.
Visitors are often surprised to find out that our farm is the site of an important Roman Villa, a Saxon Settlement and the famous St Thomas Chapel.
The Visitor Centre is the welcoming hub of your visit. Here you will find the tearoom light airy space where you can treat yourselves to delicious home baking, fresh coffee and much more.. On sunny days you can sit our on the terrace and enjoy the splendid views across the Norfolk countryside. Our shop contains farm related toys, gifts, stationary and luxury confectionery and jars. You can also buy our own venison and farm fresh eggs.
Special Events include Sheep Dog Trials, Sheep Shearing and evening Deer Safaris and BBQ events. For more details on these events see website or telephone the visitor centre 01485 542425.
On safari in Norfolk
By Henry Giles
By Henry Giles
A range of ticket options are available and EOE has five family tickets to give away!
The focus of a great day out in the countryside is a 45 minute trip in a tractor and covered trailer deer safari ride. On a bright and sunny spring day but with a biting March wind, two rangers took us out to see the herd of red deer - impressive, large adults with youngsters also in the herd. Although some of the younger stags had antlers, the bigger ones had them removed: sad in a way to lose their iconic headgear - but necessary for obvious reasons as stags would fight often to the death in the rutting season otherwise.
We fed them pellets from the trailer so a real close-up experience was inevitable as big stags poked their heads through to where we were sitting. Some were swimming in the lake, but some were 'very muddy' said our daughter.
For lunch or a snack there are tables outside which you can sit on to eat but if you have children with you there are footballs to play with. And there are cranes you can sit on to dig up stones, which proved great fun for ours, as Mum and Dad could relax with a coffee as the budding young farmers burned off excess energy. On a cold-ish day in March for our visit, it was a relief to then move inside in the visitor centre where the tearoom adjoins a gift shop with interesting and good quality pocket money treats and toys. There you can buy venison (a whole side of a deer if you want) and fresh eggs. Food on offer with plenty of seating included some excellent home made cakes and hot food including carrot and coriander soup and meat pasties.
This is a working farm and on arrival we went staright to the lambing barn where Pippa and Ella (both seven years old) fed the 'orphan' lambs with bottles which were quite strong and bounced around a bit and, said Pippa, shook their heads as they drank.
In the adjacent barn lambs were being born, and one had 'popped' five minutes before our arrival, with another sheep in labour. A total of 250 ewes on the farm were lambing or ready to lamb.
Other activities for children in the barn included Guinea pig cuddling, pony grooming (with Shetland ponies Barney and Dora), calf feeding and egg collection - but with ponies at home and eggs to collect- all right we have four but Snettisham has 60! - this was not a priority for this party! All activities are well organised and timetabled so you can plan your day.
All is set in rolling (quite hilly actually for Norfolk) countryside, with extensive farm trails to explore and the archeological site of Snettisham Park, with its story of 12,000 years of Norforlk landscape and the people who have shaped it, going back to the days of Roman Britain when it was a busy landscape of metalworkers, potters, farmers and fishermen. Not least also the church of St Mary, with 650 years of history.
All in all this was a satisfying and full day out, with plenty to connect with the landscape and a good antidote to the long wet winter. An enormous amount of resource and effort has been put into the experience by the Snettisham team and a successful holiday season should beckon.
Adults, farm only £4; Deer safari only £8; Farm and Safari £10 (Season ticket, farm only, £25). Children £3, £6, £8
Familly tickets, farm only £12, Deer safari only, £25, Combined farm and safari £32.
Snettisham Park, Snettisham, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7NG
Tel: 01485 542425 Visit website