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 West 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 West Norfolk can be a lovely outing with something for everyone to enjoy.
A hidden gem in the picturesque village that is Castle Rising, Belford Garden Centre is a prime example of quality over quantity. A gardening TARDIS, the centre is much bigger inside than it appears at first glance, there is a great selection of things at very reasonable prices. A wide variety of plants, tools, decorative additions and more, and their staff are always ready to give any advice when asked. A brilliant, local, family run business, it is worth a visit and should not be overlooked.
Dobbies King’s Lynn is located inside the Tesco superstore on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, with 75 centres nationwide, they are the UK’s leading garden centre retailer. Dobbies is not your average garden centre, dedicated to enriching people’s lives and nurture connections between people, the community, and the environment.
Dobbies offer carefully considered ranges of products, high quality services, great restaurants, and cafés, as well as engaging experiences. Home to Maidenhead Aquatics, spend some time watching the giant Koi Carp glide through the water and explore their range of more exotic varieties.
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.
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.
Located just off the A149 towards Hunstanton, is the World famous Lavender Gardens and Oil Distillery, National Lavender Collection and Herb Garden, that is Norfolk Lavender. The lavender oil produced at Norfolk Lavender is used to make hundreds of different, world-renowned products. They even use the dried lavender in their restaurants,in hot meals, cakes and even in ice creams. And, many respected herbalists, doctors and aromatherapists use the lavender in their professions. If you love lavender, then this is the place for you. See it growing, brew it with your tea, sprinkle it on your cakes, buy lavender oils, gins, fudge, and many rare varieties of the plants themselves.
Whatever the weather, a trip to a local garden centre in or around West 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.
Learn more about supported living or companionship for days and afternoons out and find out whether home care in West Norfolk could be the right choice for your elderly loved ones, by getting in touch with our local team today.