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Art Exhibition, Sat 31 Aug - Sun 13 Oct 2019, £10.95-£11.95

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Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Details

One of the UK’s leading contemporary blacksmith artists, Jenny Pickford, who has had her work exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon and created pieces for as far away as China, is bringing a collection of her large glass and steel nature inspired sculptures to Pensthorpe Natural Park for a six week exhibition from Saturday 31st August.

Jenny Pickford’s exhibition of sculptures, which are inspired by plants and stand over three metres tall, will be located against the backdrop of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, showcasing her unique combination of oversized forged steel and melted glass sculptures and water features. Other sculptures will be dotted around by the red squirrels and cranes, as well as in the Wetland Discovery Area. Some of the key pieces she will be bringing include Bluebell, Allium, Dandelion and Circles of Life.

Jenny, from rural Herefordshire, is renowned for her feminine perspective inspired by the spirit of nature. She has public art in four continents, including Australia, China, America and across the United Kingdom. One of her most notable works is the Bluebell sculpture at the Royal Derby Hospital in Derby, England, where it is in place to connect cancer patients with the hope and beauty of nature.

Jenny uses blacksmithing skills in her forge to transform industrial steel into a malleable form, bringing the piece to life. She uses special tools she has made herself, along with a fly press and 1930s-era power hammer. She obtains the glass pieces through partnerships with distinguished glass blowers.

One of Jenny’s water features, the Arum Lily, now has a permanent home here at Pensthorpe. It features blue glass petals, which allows natural sunlight to pour into the glass. Jenny was so impressed with our reserve and gardens when she dropped off the sculpture earlier this year, that it led to this special exhibition.

Entry to the sculpture exhibition is included in our standard entry price.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2015. Hootz House voted Best Sustainable Project 2015. Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2014. Norfolk Tourism Award Winner 2005; National Environmental Award 2005, Berry Savory Award 2004/05.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 31 Aug - Sun 13 Oct 2019 10:00 16:30

Prices

Entry to the sculpture exhibition is included in our standard entry price.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 31 Aug - Sun 13 Oct Jenny Pickford Exhibition
Sat 19 - Fri 25 Oct Norfolk Creations Autumn Craft Fair

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    Address

    Pensthorpe Natural Park,
    Fakenham,
    Norfolk,
    NR21 0LN

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access

    Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2015. Hootz House voted Best Sustainable Project 2015. Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2014. Norfolk Tourism Award Winner 2005; National Environmental Award 2005, Berry Savory Award 2004/05.

    Directions

    See location of Pensthorpe Natural Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TF 947294  Lat: 52.82693 Long: 0.88847

    By Road:
    One mile east of Fakenham off the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road.

    By Public Transport:
    From King's Lynn station it is 20 miles to Pensthorpe Natural Park.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from King's Lynn station

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

    Parking

    • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
      • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis solid
      • Yesis gravel
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

    Public Areas

    • YesBaby changing facilities

    General

    • YesClear signage
    • YesWheelchairs provided
      • YesFree
    • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility

    Entrance

    • YesEntrance is well lit

    Food

    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
      • YesSugar free (diabetic)
      • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
      • YesVegetarian
    • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu

    Notes

    Although not all of our reserve is accessible via wheel chair given the nature of the attraction, special care has been taken to provide pathways and routes with a firm surface and wheel chair friendly access, these are highlighted on our Park Guide. Every attention has been paid to accessability for all abilities and ages and our wardens and staff are happy to reserve wheel chairs and assist wherever possible