The Norfolk Broads is one of the most beautiful parts of East Anglia, and it boasts plenty of activities, so you need never be bored. Whether you’re looking to visit as a family, a group of friends a romantic getaway, and however long you stay, you are bound to enjoy your time here. Of course, because of the wide choice of activities on the Broads, it can be difficult to choose what to do first. To make it easier, we have made a list of 5 of the best things to do on the Norfolk Broads.
1.Take a Boat Trip
A trip to the Norfolk Broads wouldn’t be complete without a boat trip. Take a guided river trip, and have your skipper explain everything you need to know about the area you are passing through, as well as telling you all about the local wildlife, while you enjoy some of the refreshments that are available from the fully licensed bar. These trips are even suitable for wheelchair users, and dogs (at £1 per dog), so no one in the family is left behind! If you’re feeling brave, why not hire your own boat for the day, exploring the Norfolk Broads at your own pace. Bring a picnic to enjoy alongside some of the country’s finest scenery, for as long as you decide, with boats available to hire hourly or for the entire day.
2. Learn About The Broads
Located in Stalham Staithe, Museum Of The Broads offers visitors the chance to learn about the history of the Broads, dating back to the Vikings, and appreciate the area from the perspective of marshmen and boatbuilders, and learn how the Broads were affected during the world wars. The museum has plenty of fun activities for children, including their Ellis Eel trail and playboat. When you’re done learning, enjoy a bite to eat in the museum café, or your own picnic next to the river.
3. Enjoy Some Delicious Food
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the amazing pubs and restaurants around the Norfolk Broads. Delicious food and beautiful views, what more could you want? If you are on a boat trip, many restaurants allow you to moor up there, which makes accessing them incredibly easy. The Bridge Inn at Acle offers diners a range of locally sourced food, alongside a range of ales and will also cater for vegetarians. Pets and children are welcome here, too. The Waveney Inn, at Burgh St Peter, once a popular stopping point for wherrymen, offers the same types of food choices for visitors. All along the broads you will find fantastic pubs and restaurants, so wherever you decide to explore, you certainly won’t go hungry or thirsty!
4. Try Some Fishing
With over 300sq km of rivers and shallow lakes, the Norfolk Broads offers a wide range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all abilities. There are lots of free fishing areas in the Broads, and some of these are wheelchair accessible, though you must be certain that you have permission to fish in your chosen location, as many parts of the Broads are conservation areas or SSSIs. You must also have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence to fish on the Broads, but this is easily obtainable online or from the Post Office.
5. Try Some Extreme Sports
The Norfolk Broads doesn’t only have to be explored on water, there’s so much of the Broads National Park to see that can be discovered on a bike. This is the perfect activity for both families, or adventurous couples, with 14 different routes, varying in distance and difficulty, no part of the area need be left undiscovered. You don’t even need to worry about bringing your own bikes as there is an abundance of local bike hire shops in the area.
There are many more fun things to do on the Broads, whatever your particular interests, but these are just some of the best. And if you can’t fit them all into your first visit to the Norfolk Broads, what better excuse do you need to return?
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