Located less than two hours away from London by train, the tranquility of the Norfolk Broads is much more accessible to both national and international tourists than perceived. The peaceful and undisturbed natural environment can often seem a million miles away from the daily grind of busy towns and cities, and the Broads are a perfect retreat for families of any age or size. One way in which you can explore the Norfolk Broads is on the water itself. Norfolk broads boating holidays are a fantastic way to experience the area, and to try something completely different. Life on the water is relaxed and can be enjoyed at your own pace. Here we look at our favourite activities while on a Norfolk broads boating holiday, exploring some of Norfolk’s best kept secrets.
Contrary to popular belief, Norwich is very easily accessible by boat, with the yacht station being just off the city’s bustling Prince of Wales Road. Just a short five minutes walk away is the city’s famous cathedral, and in the opposite direction is Carrow Road, the home of Premier League club Norwich City FC. Norwich is full of things to do for people of all ages so make sure to stop off in the city. With over 300 pubs, there are plenty of places to grab a drink or pub lunch and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the city.
Stop off at Wroxham
Wroxham is actually made of two connected villages, Wroxham and Hoveton St. John, which are split by the River Bure. Most of the village facilities are situated in Hoveton, but the two villages are generally labelled as Wroxham, which is, in turn, renowned as the capital of the Norfolk Broads. Norfolk Broads boating holidays would not be complete without a visit to Wroxham and, in particular, the Anglian-famous ‘Roys of Wroxham’. Founded in 1895, Roys is one of the oldest ‘supermarkets’ in the country, and prides itself on being “The World’s Largest Village Store’.
Great Yarmouth’s “Golden Mile”
Great Yarmouth’s seafront, known commercially as “The Golden Mile” is famous nationwide and attracts millions of visitors every year, with its sandy beaches and amusements. The Marine Parade has twelve amusement arcades, all located close to one another. These attractions alongside numerous outdoor activities including crazy golf and many more are perfect for families of all ages. Aside from this, there is a theatre on the Britannia pier, and is one of the few pier-end theatres remaining. Check out show timetables and enjoy a show during your holiday.
Norfolk broads boating holidays are definitely for the adventurous type so why not take time to enjoy the adventure from the saddle of a bike. The towns of Hemsby, Beccles and Salhouse are all very cycle friendly, featuring numerous trails along the seafront, and in and around the Broads countryside. There are a number of bike hire options so make sure to shop around and find some value for money.
Canoeing and Fishing
Norfolk broads boating holidays come in different forms. Hiring a canoe is a fantastic way of spicing up your boating experience. This is a fantastic option for families with children who want their kids to let off some steam by paddling along the Broads. Alternatively you could hire a cruiser to spend a whole week or more afloat on the broads! If you’re into fishing, the broads are one of the best places for anglers of all ages and abilities so pick up your rod and see what you catch!
Norfolk broads boating holidays are a great way to experience the great outdoors. Whether you want to spend a week on the water, or if you are simply interested in turning your hand to fishing for a day, hiring a boat allows you to enjoy the broads at your own piece, and to truly tailor make your experience. We hope to see you on the water very soon!