Located just two hours from London by train, the tranquil Norfolk Broads are much more accessible to both international and domestic tourists than they are perceived to be. The stunning and peaceful natural environment of the Broads will seem to holidaymakers like a completely different world to that of the busy lives they ordinarily lead in hectic town and cities. It is the perfect getaway for families of all ages and sizes and there really is something for everybody.
A Norfolk broads boating holiday is a fantastic alternative to some of the types of holiday you might do year upon year; try something different and experience the Norfolk delights first hand. Life on the water is relaxed and you can enjoy it at your own speed. Offering you the opportunity to experience the area as and when you wish, a Broads holiday is not to be missed.
Here are five ideas, which you may wish to consider when you are planning your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.
Check out Norwich
With the yacht station located just off of the city’s busy Prince of Wales Road, Norwich is readily accessible by boat. Just a ten-minute walk up the road is the famous Cathedral, which has more roof bosses than any cathedral in the world. In the opposite direction is Carrow Road, the home of the city’s Premier League club Norwich City. Be sure to check out the fixture list if you are a football fan. There are plenty of other things to do for people of all ages. If it is a drink you are after, then the city is home to over three hundred pubs meaning you can sit down and enjoy the city’s atmosphere.
‘The Golden Mile’
A little further from Norwich is Great Yarmouth. The seafront is known as ‘The Golden Mile’ as a result of its sandy beach and bright lights, which illuminate the whole area at night. This stretch of the town is famous nationwide and is home to beautiful beaches and plenty of amusement arcades to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The Marine Parade is home to 12 arcades, all within a few hundred yards of one another. Aside from this, you can enjoy a game of crazy golf or check out one of the few remained pier-end theatres on the Britannia Pier.
Rent a bike
A Norfolk broads boating holiday are designed with adventurous people in mind so why not get off your boat and rent a bike. Norfolk’s towns and villages are very bicycle-friendly with numerous cycle tracks all around the area, particularly in towns such as Beccles, Salhouse and Hemsby. Enjoy the seafront and the tranquility of the Broads from land. There are many places to hire bikes from so do not be worried if you find you haven’t got enough time in one town.
Stop at Wroxham
Wroxham is made of two separate villages, Wroxham and Hoveton St. John, although they are commonly known simply as Wroxham. Hoveton is home to most of the village’s facilities, but it is generally forgotten by tourists! Wroxham is widely considered to be the one of the ‘must-see’ villages for tourists from busy cities, and people fall in love with the slow lifestyle year after year. Norfolk Broads boating holidays would simply not be complete without visiting Wroxham, and, in particular, it’s regionally famous store ‘Roys of Wroxham’. Opened in 1895, ‘Roys’ is one of the oldest supermarkets in the country.
Hire a different boat!
If you’ve been on a Norfolk broads boating holiday in the past, you might want to mix it up this year by trying a different type of boat. Alternatively, you might be half way through your boating holiday and want to give something else a go. Either way, hiring a canoe or a fishing boat is a fantastic way for you to partake in family activities.
For those who enjoy a relaxing sport, try your hand at fishing. There are plenty of shops in the area where you can hire rods and buy bait, as well as getting some hints and tips on how to catch as many fish as possible. If you fancy something more exciting you might want to have a go at canoeing. This will provide fun for all the family, although be prepared for some achy shoulders afterwards!
A Norfolk broads boating holiday is a fantastic way to enjoy the British countryside and try something completely different. Whether you are sixteen or sixty, there is something for everyone in the Norfolk Broads. We hope to see you on the water very soon indeed!