The Norfolk Broads have been hosting family days out and holidays since the 1930’s and are firmly established as a major attraction when planning a day out or a longer stay in Norfolk or Suffolk.
Whether you choose to stay in the Broads area itself or outside of the National Park, at traditional seaside resorts or in quaint towns and villages, there are so many exciting options for best days out close by. Accommodation options to suit all budgets, in and around the Broads are diverse and include holiday cottages, hotels, bed and breakfast, holiday cruisers, holiday parks and campsites.
The ‘Norfolk Broads’ area consists of nature reserves, woodlands, marshes, idyllic locations, windmills, lakes and waterways of which 120 miles are navigable, enabling those who prefer a boat-based holiday to visit attractions in Norfolk with ease. Several rivers and broads or lakes link Norfolk and Suffolk and offer opportunities to explore further and sample the many delights of these two beautiful counties in East Anglia.
Modern day Norfolk Broads combine a thriving tourism industry with an area of protected wetland home to many species of flora and wildlife, all set against a backdrop of beautiful countryside. The general ambience of the Norfolk Broads is one of peace and tranquility and allows you to experience its charms at your own pace, giving you the chance to unwind and relax. Whether you take a boat trip, canoe, cycle or walk the many designated nature trails, there are plenty of historic sites, riverside centres, sporting activities and amenities alongside the rivers and broads or in neighbouring villages and market towns.
The Broads and surrounding area offers many touring or holiday options with a wide range of well-equipped and comfortable cruisers that can be hired to suit all family needs and budgets, whether you are visiting for the day or are staying longer. Day boats and picnic launches can be hired daily or by the hour or if you prefer to sit back and take in the scenery and wildlife letting someone else do the steering, Broads Tours at the heart of the Broads area in Wroxham, provides river trips with bar and light refreshment facilities. Also in Wroxham you will find well established companies such as Wroxham Launch Hire who offer many choices of boats to hire and in nearby Potter Heigham, Herbert Woods offer options to captain your own boat or enjoy the view from a waterside cottage. All options will enable you to sample the delights of the Norfolk Broads and enjoy your visit in style!
Travel on the Potter Heigham where Lathams of Potter Heigham has served visitors and locals to the Norfolk Broads for well over 30 years. Today, as part of the QD Group, the store has become famous for it’s ever changing stock of bargains, the China Warehouse and the renowned Fishing Tackle Department. A trip to The Broads is never complete without a visit to Lathams.
Fun filled family days out are never far away! Look no further than the Bure Valley Steam Railway to experience an 18 mile nostalgic round trip between Wroxham and Aylsham by steam, on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway. Situated between Wroxham and Horning is ‘The Curious Treehouse Adventure at Bewilderwood’ offering non-stop fun and activities for the younger members of the family. In Wroxham village, another fantastic family day out is Wroxham Miniature Worlds, the world’s largest indoor modeling attraction with some of the largest model railways on permanent public display. Discover stories about the Broads at the Museum of the Broads in Stalham or take a stroll around the gardens at the Hoveton Hall estate.
The Norfolk Broads are situated at the very heart of Norfolk and offer the visitor a unique experience which will guarantee you will want to return again and again!