Escape to the Broads this summer

Although the region offers plenty to do throughout the year, there’s something especially magical about the Norfolk Broads in the summertime. A fantastic family-friendly destination with a wide choice of activities and attractions, the region really does have something for everyone.



One of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK, Great Yarmouth has been attracting families for generations. Famous for its beautiful beach, its wide choice of entertainment options and its child-friendly activities, it’s the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Great Yarmouth is within easy reach by road, making it the ideal day trip destination this summer.



There are few better ways to enjoy a British summer’s day than from the deck of a boat. Hire a boat for the day, or for the weekend, and spend a few lazy hours exploring the picturesque waterways of the Broads. Pull up at one of the excellent waterside pubs that dot the area and enjoy a well-earned drink and some delicious locally sourced food.

There’s nothing more picturesque than taking a boat out for the day, which is why we have teamed up with Herbert Woods to offer you 25% off Day Boat Hire during your stay. Simply show your booking confirmation at Herbert Woods to redeem this offer. Whether you’re exploring the Broads as a couple or something for the whole family, Herbert Woods day boats can cater to parties of all sizes ranging up to 8 people. With so many routes to choose from, you can be captain for the day and set the course for your very own Broads exploration.

With a pay-per-hour tariff, free mooring throughout the Broads and a first-come first-served hire system, this is a great no-strings-attached way to explore the stunning waterways at your leisure.



From theatres and museums to restaurants, shops and historic attractions, Norwich has something for everyone. Spend a morning shopping for souvenirs in Norwich’s many independent shops and boutiques, enjoy a spot of lunch in a local eatery and visit one of the city’s many excellent cultural attractions in the afternoon.



Even if you don’t hire a boat, you can enjoy fishing on the Norfolk Broads. Before you head out to catch your dinner, you’ll need to pick up a fishing licence from a local post office. You can then grab your rod and head to one of the many fishing spots that dot the Broads to try your luck.



Every year, cycling becomes more and more popular in the Norfolk Broads. There is now an excellent choice of routes across the area, making it easy to explore the region on two wheels. You’ll find plenty of information on bike routes online, so why not start planning your cycling adventure today?



There are a number of beautiful protected areas in the Norfolk Broads. These are home to rare birds and plant life and are fantastic places to get close to nature. Take the kids to one of the many reserves in and around the Broads to give them a better idea of the area’s unique environment.



Located in Horning, within easy reach of much of the Broads National Park, Bewilderwood is a beautifully designed adventure park for families. The perfect place for energetic kids, it’s a great day out for all the family.

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Located in Hoveton, there is a huge variety to see and do offering everything from gift shops and clothes to fun toys and scrumptious foods and take a break in the Restaurant or Coffee Shop serving tasty dishes and popular afternoon teas. Keep the children occupied and visit the Junior Farm with a daily programme where you can groom, cuddle and even bottle-feed their animals. With bundles of energy to burn off you could stop by Piggy’s Play Sty or try your hand at getting a hole in one with a Mini Golf championship open daily (weather dependant).

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Experience the thrill for yourself, take a trip by steam on Norfolks longest narrow gauge railway running between the historic market town of Aylsham and the beautiful town of Wroxham. The 18 mile round trip runs through the Bure Valley countryside and follows through the meadowland, along the way keep your eyes open for the pretty Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you can hop on and off exploring the rest by foot.

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If you prefer to explore by foot Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is definitely well worth a visit, located in South Walsham and within easy reach by car, Fairhaven is beautiful in so many ways and is perfect for a family day out. With 130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings this spot is definitely a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

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If you’re planning a trip to the Norfolk Broads and want to find out more about activities and accommodation in the area, explore our site or get in touch today.

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