Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park was voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction in 2015 and is spread over 700 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside. Situated along the main A1067 Fakenham to Norwich road, Pensthorpe sits central to the county of Norfolk and is easily reached from all directions. There is plenty to suit all of your photographic needs, from lakeside trails and woodland walks to four stunning gardens to explore. As if this wasn’t enough, wildlife abounds, and the possibility to get close to birds which you might never see in the wild, offers many challenges for the photographer.

Julia has regularly visited Pensthorpe, with her photographic groups, over the years, and each time she photographs at this location, finds a wealth of subjects to explore and enjoy. The joy of visiting through the seasons, and watching the colours change, is an absolute pleasure. From autumn 2016, Julia has offered her popular Photographic Portfolio Development course and from autumn 2017, due to popular demand, she is now offering two levels of this course – ‘Get Started’ and ‘Further Steps’. The current, ‘Further Steps’ group now have a permanent exhibition based in the Exhibition Room at Pensthorpe.

Here are some comments made by Julia’s students, after a one-day workshop photographing at Pensthorpe:

When asked, ‘what three things did you enjoy most about your day’, they reflected:

“The chance to practice camera skills (with a like minded group)”.

“The venue/location – excellent photo opportunities”.

“Julia’s excellent assistance/tuition, very relaxed”.

“Nice small, friendly and supportive group. Friendly atmosphere”.

“Being able to photograph outside – beautiful plants & animals to photograph”.

“Superb venue with many photographic opportunities”.

“Very well organised by Julia”.

“Being in a stimulating environment”.

“Renewed enjoyment of camera & realisation how much Pensthorpe has developed over the past 10 years”.

When asked what they had gained personally from the day, they said:

“Enjoyed having time to practice various settings and to get used to using tripod”. “Practice with macro lens in Millennium garden”.

“Relaxed atmosphere where I could be myself and practice skills”.

“Very interesting day with help if needed”.

“Lovely set of images”.

“Beautiful setting with relative peace and quiet”.

“Practice with new camera”.

“Ideas for different types of subjects”.

“A chance to visit Pensthorpe – meeting new people who have similar interests”.

“It has enabled me to focus on taking my learning forward”.

Asked about the venue, they said:

“Excellent venue, beautifully renovated”.

“The catering was excellent”.

“Excellent service, staff were friendly and supportive”.

“It was excellent. Excellent facilities and staff”.