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Picking up a boat from Acle on Saturday for our first cruise on the Norfolk Broads.

The group comprises myself and wife, plus a 2yr old boy and 3 month old girl.

Given that I'll be skippering the boat much of the time on my own and have no prior experience, what do people think would be a sensible itinery?  I'd guess avoiding Gt Yarmouth would be a good idea, but any other ideas or suggestions would be great.

In particular, any places worth visiting likely to keep small boys occupied and out of the water would be especially useful ;-)

Finally - whats the best source of weather whilst actually on the broads, as I hear its likely to be windy next week?  I guess the trusty radio...

Thanks!!

Andy


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Hi Andy,

Best source of weather before you go ishttp://www.met-office.gov.uk/lib/includes/fsssi/city/norwich.html

Best source of weather when you`re there is probably BBC Radio Norfolk 95.1Mhz or the TV.

I`ll leave it for one of the members with children to advise on a suitable itinery though!

Pete

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Hi Andy & welcome. We have two children now aged 11 & 6 & we've been boating on the Broads many times both before they came along & since they were very young.

Assuming your out for just a week, stay on the Northern Rivers above Acle. The tides are calmer & the activities & places of interest are closer together. Hopefully you'll find your little ones enjoy the simple pleasures of cruising along & watching the wildlife (ours always have), but some good places to visit are (in no particular order)

Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail

Cockshoot Dyke (board walk to bird hide overlooking the nature reserve)

Moorings with some open playing space: Coltishall Common, How Hill, Thurne Dyke

Family-friendly pubs: Too many to mention, but try the Bridge Inn, Acle (outdoor play area), New Inn, Horning, Kings Head, Wroxham (great carvery)

Simon

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Thanks for the ideas.  And yes - only booked for the week.

Agree that sticking to the Northern Broads sounds sensible.  Any further places good for young kids?

Luckily feeding ducks is a favourite activity Smile

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hi Andy

Wroxham Barns is a must for the kids, as well as a kids zoo it also has a mini fun fair. It was a hit with our kids.



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hi all ,
more infomation about Wroxham Barns on this link
http://www.the-norfolk-broads.com/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=5468
and heres a link for the Bure valley railway
http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?forum=22&topic=1272
cheers

steve and vicky

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How about a narrow guage steam railway trip on the Bure Valley Railway, or a visit to Horsey Mill, or The Museum of the Broads. The Radar Museum at Neatishead is superb, but the children are a bit young for it. Save it for when they are 7 plus.

Robin
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Hi Andy,
First thing mate RELAX and enjoy,
i hope you will find your boat will  be a very friendly and warm place to be,you may even find that a
nice isolated spot in the evening when the lad has fed the ducks and swans,will settle down and you two can just chill out.
The Baby may even enjoy the slight rocking sensation of the boat and sleep soundly.
as has been all ready said the New INN is very chid friendly,best INMHOP just to take each day as it comes.
Please post back under Holiday Tales as to how you got on.

Smile

roya

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Re one of the previous suggestions, Hoveton Great Vroad nature trail is closed from mid September, so likely to be closed now.

If you venture below Acle to Stokesby, there is quite a large village green and childrens play area. Salhouse Broad is meant to have a childrens play area, not sure on the age limit, also a very shallow beach for paddling.

The Sutton Staithe hotel also has a childrens play area in the back garden.

Keith

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The nature centre at Ranworth is a great place for kids. I can also suggest the nature trail at How Hill and there is also Toad Hole Cottage to look in.
If you bring a net and a shallow white tray, you can try your hand at dipping the dykes. Just dip the net into any dyke (not the main river) and then tip out the contents into the tray. You will see an amazing amount of wild things even late in the year.
Don't forget to visit Ludham. It's just a nice place.

Nigel
Ludham

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