Read our guide to making the most of the capital of the Norfolk Broads
You don’t know need us to to tell you that Wroxham is a special place. Anyone that has ever visited the Broads is likely to have encountered this endearing town. From riverside restaurants to retail, here are a few things that all visitors simply must do…
You cannot visit Wroxham without stopping by the famous Roys of Wroxham. The store was opened in 1899 by brothers Alfred and Arnold Roy, and has since gone on to become an icon of the town. Roys of Wroxham is now home to six stores in total. The department store features branded fashions such as Joules, Barbour, Laura Ashley and many more, a footwear department, accessories, cosmetics and homewares. The supermarket is a great place to stock up before boarding your boat hire for the day, which also features a large deli full of freshly baked goodies.
The garden centre and DIY stores are stocked with everything you would expect to see and more, while Roys Toys is a child’s dream, stocked with one of the largest Lego ranges and toys from pocket money prices to the extravagant.
Boat hire on the Norfolk Broads
Wroxham is a fantastic destination for starting your journey on the Broads, be it for the day or a weekend break. Surrounded by stunning scenery, wilderness and wildlife, there’s no better way to explore than by taking to the water. There are a number of reputable boat hire companies dotted along the bank where you can begin your adventure aboard a luxury cruiser. We recommend both Norfolk Broads Direct (http://www.broads.co.uk) and Barnes Brink Craft (http://www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk). It’s then out of the boat yard and along the River Bure to take in villages such a Horning, Woodbastwick and Ranworth, plus one or two riverside pubs for a spot of al fresco dining.
Cottage hire on the Norfolk Broads
Don’t worry if boating is not your thing, there’s plenty of overnight accommodation on dry land. Along the banks at Wroxham you’ll come across some of the Norfolk Broads most desirable holiday homes. Complete with thatched roofs and verandas overlooking the water, the cottages have everything you need for a break on the Broads. There’s plenty of reasonably priced options available at https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/wroxham/
It may be a relatively small town but Wroxham certainly isn’t short of places to eat. Whether its overlooking the river, fish and chips or tea at a café, there’s something to suit all moods. After a day on the river we recommend sampling some of the best fish and chips around at Greys Traditional Fish & Chip Shop. The fish is fresh and the portions are plentiful! The family run business has recently opened the Charlotte Café and Tearooms, which will be offering afternoon tea from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Served in fine china, diners can indulge on finger sandwiches and cake – there’s also a seafood option! The café transforms in the evening to a stylish bistro from 7pm – 9pm, where you can tuck into the a la crate options and dessert.
On sunny days there’s nothing quite like a beverage by the water. Visit Hotel Wroxham where you can sip away on the al fresco veranda while watching nervous skippers trying to navigate the tiny semi-circular bridge that separates Wroxham and Hoveton.
Eating, shopping, beauty, crafts, mini golf and a farm – it’s all under one roof at Wroxham Barns. A great day out for the whole family a visit to the Barns is a must when in Wroxham. Spend the afternoon browsing the independent boutiques and The Norfolk Gallery, before a cuteness overload at the junior farm and its petting areas. There’s also a mini golf and fun fair rides! http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk
BeWILDerwood, located in Hoveton, a short distance from Wroxham has become the ultimate Norfolk family attraction. An imaginative adventure park for children, the mythical themes and creatures are based on ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’ by local children’s author Tom Blofeld. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children as they discover enchanting characters and treehouse adventures. http://www.bewilderwood.co.uk