1. Wildlife Boat Trips on the Norfolk Broads
There are a number of companies offering short boat trips on the Norfolk Broads. It’s a relaxing way to take in the environment first hand, without getting your feet wet! The Electric Eel is a silent running electric powered boat that journeys through an intricate system of dykes in How Hill Nature Reserve, which is still a working marsh where reeds are cut for thatch. Spot otters, grass snakes, frogs and birdlife, and take in the scenery. For spring and autumn trips bring warm, waterproof clothes.
2. Somerleyton Hall and Fritton Lake
Originally a Jacobean Manor, Somerleyton Hall was re-modelled in 1844, transforming it into a fine example of an early Victorian Hall in the Anglo-Italian style seen today. Beautiful architecture, antique furniture, the trademarked Crossley carpets and an unmistakably ‘lived-in’ feel make a visit to Somerleyton Hall a fascinating and unforgettable experience. Fritton Lake has a wide variety of family attractions and entertainments set in acres of mature woodland along its banks.
3. The Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth
Step back in time at this beautiful 16th-century quayside house and experience the lives of the people who lived here from Tudor to Victorian times. There are Tudor costumes to try on, an activity-packed toy room and you can investigate the Conspiracy Room, where the execution of Charles I is said to have been planned. After the hive of activity inside this beautiful merchant’s house, you can pause for a moment of peace in the small but delightful walled garden.
4. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are renowned for their specialised collection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles, located in the beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens of Thrigby Hall. A Willow Pattern garden is home to pheasants, cranes and Mandarin ducks and the wildlife area has snow leopards, rare tigers, gibbons, deer, otters, aviaries, crocodiles and a tropical house. Tiger Tree Walk lets you walk through the trees over the tiger enclosure. There is also a cafe and gift shop.
5. Learn to sail at the Norfolk Broads School of Sailing
If you fancy a holiday that’s active and engaging, learning to sail on the Norfolk Broads could be just for you. It’s a great introduction to the sport, and with no tides or strong sea currents to worry about, it’s a relaxing way to spend a few days with a friend or partner. Beginners can learn basic seamanship and sailing skills under the guidance of a qualified RYA instructor, whilst the more experienced will enjoy the challenge of cruising and navigation.
6. Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars’ Cloisters
The delightful Row Houses at Row 111 and the Old Merchants House are rare remnants of Great Yarmouths original distinctive Rows which were a network of narrow alleyways linking Yarmouths three main thoroughfares. Many Row houses were damaged by World War II bombing or demolished during post-war clearances, but two surviving properties show what these characteristic dwellings looked like at various stages in their history.
7. Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth
Discover Great Yarmouth’s fascinating history, its rich maritime and fishing heritage and some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea. Wander through a Victorian ‘Row’ and see inside a fisherman’s home. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal Drifter and hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas. The Silver Darlings Caf serves a range of light lunches including kipper pat and marinated herrings.
8. Take a walk along the Weavers Way
The Weavers Way runs from Cromer to Great Yarmouth over a length of 90km/56 miles, the flat countryside of Eastern England making for relatively easy walking. Explore country lanes, the Norfolk Broads, beaches and heathland. There are numerous waterside villages and pubs en-route where you can stop and re-charge your batteries. The route is shown on recent editions of the following Ordnance Survey maps; Explorer maps OL40 and 252 and Landranger maps 133 and 134.
9. Great Yarmouth Beach and Wellington Pier
One of the biggest attractions in Great Yarmouth is the seafront itself or The Golden Mile as it’s known. Watch the horse and carts take visitors for a leisurely ride along the front or promenade along the historic pier. Choose from a leisurely game of crazy golf at the Pirates Cove Golf, see some of the worlds unusual creatures at the reptile world of Amazonia or under the sea at the Sea Life Centre. The Pleasure Beach has numerous rides including the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster.
10. Hire a Broads Cruiser
The Norfolk Broads combine the very best in leisurely and relaxed holidays, with an enviable combination of gently flowing rivers, beautiful countryside, pretty rural villages and large open and safe broads. Martham Boats offers a wide range of traditional wooden motor cruisers to hire, most of which were built the boat yard in Martham during the 1940’s and 1950’s. All cruisers are handcrafted in wood and have been constructed to blend in with the surrounding environment.