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Aug-19-2012 @ 8:36 AM                           Permalink
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We are embarking on our first holiday in the broads on a boat. I would love to hear suggestions about the best places to visit and things to with children in tow.

I am happy to relax on the boat with a book but i know the kids will want some exercise and entertainment.

So recommended places to visit and things to see and do.

Oh and pubs with playgrounds attached!

Many thanks

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There are may places for children to stretch there legs. Others will know more. Stokesby, the new Inn acle, Ferry Inn Horning then theres Ranworth staithe were you can visit the church and go up the tower and also visit the floating center near by. As I say many places to just have fun and relax. Welcome to the forum by the way.

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Hello Spannab,

Welcome to the forum.

The only pubs I can think of with some form of swings, slides and amusements are the New Inn at Horning, Ferry Inn at Horning, Bridge inn at Acle. On the Green at Stokesby are swings and frames. The Dukes Head at Somerleyton has a large garden and loads of outside seating.

I am sure other forum member may have some more details for you.

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Alan

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hi there ,
things for kids to do , i won't go into the pub side , as it's been answered ,
other things to do , fishing ,salhouse broad where there are canoes for hire , south walsham fairheaven gardens , wroxham you have the bure valley railway ,day out at the beach at gt yarmouth or lowerstoft , oulton broad with the park ,

steve and vicky

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You don't mention the ages of the children or where you are hiring from so I can only give fairly general advice.

Children like messing about in boats and The Broads is ideal for this. Hiring a dinghy or a canoe is a top choice for older children.
How Hill is a good place to stop. The museum there is more interesting to children than you might think and the nature trail is also good. there is a large grassy area for ball games etc.
The beach makes a good outing. Yarmouth is possible or better, if your boat will go under Potter Bridge then go to Horsey beach which really is a good one.
If you want to spend money, then The Bure Valley Railway (Wroxham) or Bewilderwood (Horning).
pond dipping is brilliant fun on The Broads. Bring a white tray and a net.
Ludham has a children's playground (Catfield Road) with good and recently updated equipment. The Dog pub at Ludham Bridge should be added to your list.
Hope this helps.

Nigel
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Spannab hi,
If you cruise anywhere near Horning The Ferry inn has the largest games room I have seen in any pub anywhere.

Kind Regards
Alan...
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As someone else pointed out, it all depends upon the ages of the kids but from personal experience (I used to be a kid myself, some say I still am) I found that making a game of the whole holiday was something that I will always remember. As young kids, my brother and I were pirates.With my Mum starting the game the week before we left leaving clues to a treasure (she made it up as she went along). Strangely enough every adult we came across automatically realised who and what we were and joined in the game. As I grew older I’m afraid the fishing and boating bug struck so I was always in, on, or near the water.

As an adult with a boy and girl of my own on the last trip, 9 and 11 at the time, the football was the surprise useful kid occupier, but not to play football with, much to the relief of my daughter, but to play the Scout’s game of ‘Frounders’ or football rounders. Like rounders but you kick the the ball, if the fielding side head the ball all the kickers are out. If the fielders return the ball to the bowlers square before the kicker runs to base then just that kicker is out. It’s amazing the number of kids that materialise when someone organises a game! My kids can still remember the boaters v campers frounders match at Thurne where we ended up with two teams of around twenty a side including Mums & Dads all joining in.

All very Swallows and Amazons I know...but next Saturday we will be afloat on the Broads again and its a tie between who’s the bigger kid and more excited me or the youngest!

He's fallen in the water!

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My kids are 4 and 6. Things we've done over the last couple of years that they've enjoyed are:

Bewilderwood (so many times!)
Pettits Animal Adventure in Reedham (can walk from the quay or taxi from Acle, no older than 7yo I would say)
Cinema in Norwich (for rainy days - can go on the train)
Bure Valley Railway
Nature trails at Ranworth and Great Hoveton Broad (the latter only accessible by boat).
Church tower at Ranworth
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park (taxi/bus from Stokesby)
Moor at Waveney River Centre - swimming pool, nature garden, small playground.

Walks (look at Wherryman's Way website for south broads)
Exploring/being pirates in a dinghy.

Apart from pubs, there are good playgrounds at:
Oulton Broad - right near the yacht station
Beccles - ditto
Loddon - 10 min walk
Rockland - 5 min walk
Reedham - 15 min walk

Hope that helps

Ian.

Ian


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