Towns & Cities

  • The historic cathedral city of Norwich is has excellent shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres.
  • Pretty market towns of Beccles and Bungay
  • The beautiful seaside town of Southwold has sandy beach, pier, life boat museum, lighthouse, shops, cafes, and pubs


  • Beautiful sandy beach at Southwold, with pier and traditional pretty seaside town
  • Traditional seaside resorts with excellent sandy beaches at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
  • Horsey Mere and beach, seals on the beach in December and January
  • Winterton on Sea, huge sandy beach with sand dunes

Dog Friendly Beaches

  • Southwold, park at the end of the pay and display car part by the pier and head north away from the pier and go down the steps to the beach
  • South of Gorleston towards Hopton
  • Corton, head for the car part at the end of Links Road, Corton for sand dunes and beach.   (Be aware that there is a nudist beach here.)
  • Winterton by the sea
  • Access for dogs at Cheringham, Walcott, West Runton, Bacton, Mundesley, Cromer, Overstrand, Happisburgh, Sea Palling is detailed here.


Boat hire is available locally in many places on the Broads, booking essential. Below are the largest/nearest centres.


Most RSPB reserves have a programme of guided walks all year round, see their websites above for details.


  • Go Ape, High Lodge Forest Centre, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0AF, 0845 643 92 15
  • Play Barn in nearby Poringland 4 miles away is especially for children under 7 years within – great fun on wet days, West Green Farm, Shotesham Road, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7LP, 01508 495526
  • Bewilderwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW, 01692 633033
  • Melsop Farm, Ellingham Road, Scoulton, Nr Watton, NR9 4NT, 01953 851943
  • Ellough Park Combat Games NR34 7XD, 01502 717718. Modern day urban combat! Suitable from ages 8 and upwards, adults and children can participate together.
  • Ellough Park Raceway, NR34 7XD, 01502 717718. British national racing go kart circuit suitable from 8 years and above but have to be 4 foot 6”, adults and children can race together.
  • Africa Alive, Kessingland, NR33 7TF, 01502 740291. African themed zoo.

Cinemas & Theatres

  • Cinema City, independent cinema with restaurant and bar, St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR2 4AD, 0871 902 5724
  • Vue Cinema, Castle Meadow, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3DD, 0871 224 0240
  • Odeon Cinema, Riverside Leisure Park, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1XA, 0871 224 4007
  • Theatre Royal Norwich, Theatre St Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RL, 01603 630000
  • The Playhouse, 42-58 St Georges St Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AB, 01603 612580
  • Maddermarket, St Johns Alley Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1DR, 01603 620917
  • Fisher Theatre, 10 Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE, 01986 897130

Festivals & Events

If the dates are in the past, it is probably because they haven’t officially released next year’s date, but it is likely to be the same time next year.  Please either check the website or come back a bit closer to the date.


Riding & Cycling

  • White House Farm Equestrian, Hardley Rd, Loddon, NR14 6DA 01508 522152
  • Langley Abbey and Norfolk Polo Club, horse riding, polo lessons, chukkas (practice matches) are played on Wednesday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, anyone can turn up and watch, call to check and for times. Near Loddon, NR14 6DG 01508 480400
  • Norwich Bike Rental, pick up point after booking is usually The Rub, 75 Upper Saint Giles, Norwich: NR2 1AB 07588 731 731
  • Sustrans cycle route 1 from Dover to the Shetland Islands via Eastern England and Scotland passes through Loddon, a couple of miles from Heckingham Manor.
  • Sustrans regional cycle route 31 from Gillingham to Reedham passes along nearby Ferry Road. Use the map here and move it to the Loddon area to see Routes 1 and 31.


Swimming & Leisure

  • Riverside leisure centre, Riverside Leisure Centre, Wherry Road, Norwich, NR1 1WX – pool, gym, spa 01603 625 166
  • Dunston Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR14 8PQ, hotel – spa, fitness and pool 0871 222 4683
  • Beccles Lido Puddingmoor, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9PL – open-air swimming pool summer only 01502 713297


Beers & Wines


Wide range of craft workshops run at a craft shop in Norwich, with special children’s parties and hen parties available.

  • Arts Desire, Norwich, NR2 4AG, 0603 920052,
  • Wide range of beginner workshops including workshops to make a bag, bunting or knickers! MakePlace workshops, Norwich, NR3 1LQ,
  • Watercolour painting workshops, Linda H Matthews, 01692 630 485,
  • Life drawing workshops and other drawing workshops, Malcolm Cudmore,
  • Chocolate truffle-making workshops, various including for children and hen parties Saffire Chocolates Norwich, NR8 6HT, 01603 869911,
  • Burlesque dance classes, Kitty Golightly Norwich, via website

Other Ideas

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