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Former BBC wildlife TV studio transformed into Norfolk’s newest events venue

PUBLISHED: 11:32 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 December 2017

Pensthorpe Water Court, part of the park which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Keith Osborn.

Pensthorpe Water Court, part of the park which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Keith Osborn.

Keith Osborn

A nature haven which formed the backdrop to a primetime BBC TV show has been opened as Norfolk’s newest function venue.

Pensthorpe's Water Court, which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Suzanne Fossey.Pensthorpe's Water Court, which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Suzanne Fossey.

Pensthorpe Natural Park was the setting for the wildlife show Springwatch for three years, offering millions of viewers a ‘through-the-keyhole’ view of nature.

A two-year restoration project has transformed the former Springwatch recording studio into an event venue with a view of Pensthorpe’s 700-acre Wensum Valley estate.

The Garden Room and Water Court has been developed within a collection of Grade II-listed flint cottages, originally built for estate workers’ families, which have been restored. Stained glass windows, porticos, water features and blue Italian marble have all been fitted with the aim of creating a Mediterranean atmosphere.

Deb Jordan and her husband Bill, the founder of Jordans breakfast cereals, have owned Pensthorpe for the last 14 years.

Pensthorpe's Water Court, which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Suzanne Fossey.Pensthorpe's Water Court, which has been opened as a venue for events and functions. Picture: Suzanne Fossey.

“We want it to be an inspirational setting for all manner of occasions, including corporate events, functions and workshops that need a stimulating environment,” said Mrs Jordan.

The venue has capacity for 65 guests and is expected to be used for events from corporate retreats and conferences to product launches and weddings.

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