With so much to do on and around the Norfolk Broads this summer, it can be a bit overwhelming, so here are our suggestions of what to do and where to go for a holiday on the broads.
For a perfect day-out to entertain the whole family, head to Wroxham Barns. Not only does it have plenty of food, clothes and craft shops, it also has a gallery, picnic area, café and restaurant. To entertain younger visitors, Wroxham barns has a funfair, mini golf and the brilliant Junior Farm where they can bottle-feed lambs, cuddle guinea pigs and chicks and feed the pigs and goats all whilst learning a bit more about the barnyard animals.
Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QU.
T: 01603 78376 [email protected]
To really explore the broads themselves whilst relaxing in comfort take a tour on the Passenger Boats. They often last from 1 ½ – 2 hours with excellent commentary pointing out the wildlife and points of interest along the river. The lower level houses a fully licensed bar and lounge offering snacks, tea and coffee as well, whilst upstairs you have the best views of the broads. If you are lucky a Jazz band will serenade you as you float along the river.
For more information visit www.broadstours.co.uk
Museum of the Broads
Nestled in Stalham Staithe is the Museum of the Broads which offers some informative fun for everyone. The exhibitions explore the boating history of the broads and recently an exhibition called ‘Broadland during the First World War’ depicts the lives of locals during the Great War. You can enjoy a boat ride on the Victorian steamer along the river. The museum also has entertainment for the younger ones with the Ellis Eel trails.
[email protected] 01692581681
Places to Stay
The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall
This luxury hotel is one of the finest around with fantastic views of lakes and a walled garden. It supplies Wi-Fi, a lounge, a bar, a restaurant with excellent service and free parking. Why not visit their spa with a range of treatments for an extra treat while you stay there? Or you could visit the hotel for an afternoon for a spa treatment, a walk around the walled garden and finish with afternoon tea.
T: 01603 737 531 [email protected]
The eight barn-converted cottages on the working arable and dairy farm are a self-catered idyllic escape in the south Norfolk country. The cottages are fitted out with quality home comforts including a super king size bed and Freeview TV, en-suites and a barbeque. There is a communal hot tub, a gym, games room and a play area for children. The cottages are situated near the city of Norwich and the southern tip of the broads.
T: 01502 677208
As well as cottages and hotels, there are plenty of different options of where to stay. There are lots of camping and glamping sites for the more outdoorsy types where you can stay in yurts, bell tents and cabins. To fully experience the broads, you can hire a boat out for a week, a weekend or a day, and there is lots of choice as to what type of boat you would like, from houseboats to the glamourous wherry yachts.
Places to Eat
Old Mill Restaurant & Café Bar
The main attraction of the Old Mill Restaurant is that it is situated right by the river in Wroxham. To overlook the river whilst having a refreshing drink or meal makes a visit here really special. Dogs are allowed outside.
The Ferry Inn, Horning
This historic pub in Horning is also situated near the river and has lovely food and refreshments with a carvery every day. This inn sets itself apart by having accommodating and imaginative family friendly elements such as a Kids Meal Deal.
[email protected] T: 01692 630259
So, what are you waiting for? Why not head over to the Norfolk Broads for an exciting summer holiday this year?