The Trust aims to provide an open place where the public can enjoy quiet, peaceful pursuits in a rural environment...
The Whitlingham Charitable Trust was created in 1988 to manage and maintain 'for the public benefit' Whitlingham Country Park, following the extraction of gravel. The main aim of the Trust was to ensure that the Park provided an open place where the public could enjoy quiet pursuits in a rural environment.
Large numbers of people visit Whitlingham Country Park to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the opportunity to partake in the water activities available on the Great Broad. The estimated annual attendance at the Country Park has increased to nearly 500,000 in 2013/14 of which 150,000 used the facilities at the Visitor Centre.
Managing these pressures in order to ensure that the park continues to provide opportunities for quiet enjoyment represents a considerable challenge. Day to day management of the Park as well as the operation of the Flint Barn visitor centre is the responsibility of the Broads Authority, while Norfolk County Council manages the water space and the Outdoor Education Centre.
Who are we?
As a charity the Trust comprises Trustees or ‘Directors’ appointed by the Broads Authority, Crown Point estate and the local authorities to oversee the way in which the park is run. The Trust’s main source of income is from car parking and access to the park is free.
The current chairman is Mr Martin Shaw and the other Trustees are Mr R Bennett (Vice Chairman), Mr R Hutton, Mr M Falcon, Mr L Baugh, Mrs G Harris, Mr J Colman, Mr M Bradbury and Mr V Thomson.
Whitlingham Charitable Trust is a registered charity and subject to charity law. In particular it is regulated by the Charity Commission and subject to their guidance. The Whitlingham Charitable Trust is also subject to its own constitution, namely its Memorandum and Articles of Association, which are approved by the Charity Commission.
Apply for your parking permit here:
Apply for a permit by downloading and filling in the form here and emailing or sending it to the Broads Authority Visitor Information Centre. It makes it incredible value for money - less than 0.57p a week!
The BA Tree Risk Identification and Management Policy document
The BA Tree Risk Identification and Management Policy document was adopted by the Trustees at their meeting on 24th June 2014. The Policy sets out schedules for inspections in accordance with best practice management of publicly-accessible open spaces. You can view the policy here.
The Park is open all year round. The Broads Authority Visitor Centre is open seven days a week from 11am to 4pm from November until Easter and 10am to 4pm the rest of the year, extending to 5pm during local school summer holidays. The Barn Cafe is open from 10am to 4pm in winter and 9am to 5pm in the summer months.
Family Fun Events
Please click here for details of the 2017 family fun events.
Don't hesitate to get in touch!
You can contact the Broads Authority Visitor Centre by calling 01603 756094 and you can contact Whitlingham Charitable Trust by email or filling in the form here.
Whitlingham Country Park
See location on Street Map here
Map reference: TG 254077
Lat: 52.62105 Long: 1.32943
Secretary and Registered Office:
David Harris, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY