It’s hard to beat a combination of light shopping and greenery for a gentle and enjoyable day out with older people, so try these garden centres in Mid Norfolk.
Whether rain or shine, garden centres are one of the best places in the UK to spend some quality and relaxing time. There’s enough going on to keep anyone with even the smallest interest in the outdoors alert and interested, these places generally lack the urgent hustle and bustle of conventional shopping centres or department stores which also makes them ideal when you want to get out and have a potter around somewhere a bit calmer and quieter.
A lot of older people like to get into gardening, whether just a succulent or two in a pot on the windowsill or full-on planting and growing your own fruit and veg, so taking seniors out to a local garden centre in Mid Norfolk can be a lovely outing with something for everyone to enjoy.
A specialist plant nursery and display garden set in the unusual D-shaped walled garden of an old Norfolk manor house. As you walk through the gates, you enter a plant lover’s paradise. The gardens are full of interesting and unusual plants, many of which are rarely seen. With an extensive range of perennials, shrubs, grasses, climbers, roses, and alpines are grown, along with a large selection of shade and woodland plants and drought tolerant plants.
The Apple Café sits in the very centre of the walled gardens serving delicious ‘Light Bites’ and Afternoon Teas. With indoor and outdoor seating, flat level surfaces all through the grounds and extensive display gardens, West Acre Gardens are beautiful year-round.
Toftwood Garden Centre opened in 2011 as a natural development of Reads Nursery which has been in the growing business since the early 1900’s. Toftwood Garden Centre has been supplying large numbers of independent garden centres throughout East Anglia for many years and their Garden Centre on Shipdham Road allows them to provide the public with high quality products at the right price.
Bawdeswell Garden Centre is midway between Norwich and Fakenham on the A1067, find every department under one roof including, giftware, toys, garden furniture, cane furniture, books and cards, clothes and shoes, pet food and of course all your gardening requirements including trees and shrubs, ornaments, pots, water features and garden buildings to suit all tastes.
Just off the A1065, along Mill Road, Fakenham Garden Centre is situated right between Hempton and Fakenhamtown centre. Founded in 1985, this garden centre is a traditionally family run business that aims to provide everything you could possibly need for your garden, no matter what you’re looking for. Known for their premium plants and products, their friendly team are very knowledgeable and strive to give the very best in expert advice should you have any questions.
There is a wonderful coffee shop on-site, serving delicious home baked goods, breakfasts, light lunches, and main meals, open 7 days a week, so you can take a break from your shopping for a quick bite to eat, and take your time to relax and really live in the moment. The range of options to explore is staggering, not only do they have all the plants you could need for your garden, but also necessities and treats for your pets from fish to cats and dogs, garden furniture, barbeques, and a landscaping design service too. Get the garden you want all in one place.
Whatever the weather, a trip to a local garden centre in or around Mid Norfolk is a great option for seniors and carers to have a relaxing and low-exertion day that mingles shopping and a sit down with a good cuppa and a taste of nature. Most places are flat and well-covered with lots of benches and seating so ideal for the less mobile, and many will also have seasonal events and décor to lend an extra bit of excitement to a spur of the moment day out.