21 Things to do in the Broads in 2021

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Here are 21 ideas for things you can look forward to in the Broads during 2021.

Holiday on board your own luxury motor cruiser

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Cruising the Broads at sunset

A boating holiday on the Suffolk or Norfolk Broads is an experience like no other. Moor up in a different place each night and enjoy the freedom of your floating home.

Stay on a houseboat

If you want to stay put but still be on the water a floating houseboat is for you! Secret Water is a luxury floating glamping pod, near Beccles, the first of its kind in the UK.

Wonder at a windmill

East Anglia is famous for its windmills and you’ll see many dotted throughout the Broads. Some are still working today. Climb to the top and take in the view while you learn all about the fascinating history and the role that these mills played in shaping the Broads.

Spend a day on the water

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Exploring the Broads on a day boat

Pick up a Day Boat from any number of locations in the Broads and enjoy a day with friends and family exploring on the water. There are lots of great moorings close to wonderful places to eat, or for your own private dining experience why not take a picnic on board.

Run wild with the Twiggles

Immerse yourselves in the enchanting world of Boggles and Twiggles at Bewilderwood. This imaginative outdoor adventure park is the perfect place for the whole family to run wild and discover a little bit of magic.


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Stargazing at Thurne Mill © Dibs McCallum

The vast, open skies of the Broads National Park are the perfect place to wonder at the infinite web of constellations. The same skies that captivated our ancestors when gazing into this other-worldly expanse.


The Broads are crisscrossed with a network of walking trails and footpaths. The easy-going conditions and relatively mild climate offer something for all ages and abilities.

Ride on a steam train

Climb aboard on a steam locomotive from Wroxham to Aylsham and enjoy the scenery as you pass through ancient Broads landscapes and pretty rural villages.

Canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding

Paddling on the Broads

Get up close to wildlife and discover hidden parts of the Broads that can’t be reached in any other way. If you’re a beginner, no problem, there are lots of places that offer tuition or guided tours.

Say hello to a snow leopard

Stroll around 250 year old, landscaped gardens and introduce yourself to the Snow Leopards, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth.

Learn about history

History buffs will enjoy the variety of unusual and quirky information and displays on offer at our museums. Learn about the importance of wind energy, defence radar and living and working in the Broads in times gone by.

Sample some local brews

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Woodforde's is just one of our fantastic local breweries

The Broads are home to a fine array of award- winning breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Whatever your tipple, make sure you take some home with you!

A day at the seaside

The Broads National Park is surrounded by beautiful coastline. Whether you want the bright lights of a traditional seaside town at Great Yarmouth or a peaceful walk in the dunes and some seal spotting at Winterton, a day out at the beach is a must.

Explore a historic house or castle

Step back in time to some of the most striking stately homes in the country, discover the history of ancient castles, medieval churches and the only abbey to survive the dissolution of the monasteries.

Learn to sail

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Sailing at How Hill

A traditional pastime in the Broads since the turn of the century, sailing is both exhilarating and affordable. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waterways and tuition is available from a number of boatyards.


The quiet country lanes of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads provide perfect cycling conditions for the whole family. Hire a bike when you get here or bring your own. The number one National Cycling Route passes through the Broads National Park and there are a range of circular routes to download.

Land a pike

Abundant waterways and a diverse range of fish species make the Broads excellent for angling, but did you know that Broads is famed for its large Pike, with many 40lb+ specimens caught over the years. Whatever you catch, a day spent angling in the Broads is time well spent.

Go on a guided tour

Guided walking tours in Norwich and the Broads National Park can be booked all year-round for 2 to 20 people, focussing on the history, landscape and legend of the Broads.

Watch the wildlife

The Broads is a wildlife haven

The Broads National Park is a unique habitat. Home to a quarter of the rarest species of wildlife in the UK, making it a must see for nature lovers. Take a stroll around one of the many nature reserves and parks and see what you can spot.

Relax in a riverside cottage

The Broads is full of beautiful riverside holiday cottages and luxury apartments. Sit back and watch the world go by or enjoy a spot of fishing from your front door. Many properties come with their own day boats or dinghies included.

Soak up some art

Spend an afternoon wandering around an art gallery and discover work from local, national and internationally renowned artists.

That should be enough to keep you busy! We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Broads National Park in 2021.