Imagine the perfect day.  You wake up as the sun streams through your shades, breathe in the fresh morning air and feel a sense of excitement at the day ahead.  After a delicious breakfast you take a gentle stroll along the sandy beach at Hopton, whilst the kids try to spot a curious seal or two in the azure water.  Life is good.  And who knows what the afternoon will bring?  Perhaps lunch in a pub overlooking the River Bure, a tranquil cruise along the rivers and waterways of the Norfolk Broads or a stroll through the Roman ruins at Burgh Castle.

Whatever the weather, a Broadland holiday has something for all the family.

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Take a look at our seasonal Broadland guides below for more details:-

Broadland in spring
As carpets of snowdrops and bunches of bluebells begin to sprout, the Broads awake from their winter slumber
and slowly begin to buzz with life again. Lambing season is in full swing, and if you stop at one of the regions many
petting farms you’ll be able to see, stroke and perhaps even feed the super cute little creatures.  Speaking of wildlife
there’s plenty to see on the Broads too, with ducks, geese, swans, herons and Great Crested Grebes all out on the
water, many with broods of their own.The warm weather makes spring a great time to explore the heaths, woodlands
and nature trails of the region. And of course there’s no shortage of cafes and traditional tearooms in the 
bustling Broadland villages. You’re on holiday after all; it’s time to treat yourself!

Broadland in summer
With 120 miles of magical waterways to explore, summer is the perfect time for a holiday on the Broads.  It’s a
wonderful time of year to explore the area; enjoy the stunning scenery, explore the rich history or lookout for rare local
wildlife. As well as popular Broadland destinations such as Horning, Beccles and Oulton Broad, smaller Broadland villages
such as Hickling, Dilham and Barton Turf offer tranquillity, beauty and stunning waterside views.  There’s 90 miles of
stunning coastline to explore too. Much of the Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines have been designated as an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, where sandy beaches, saltmarshes and heathland are interspersed with pretty villages.
Take the kids crabbing at the rock pools in Cromer, go seal spotting at Horsey and Winterton or stop by Gorleston for an
ice cream. For traditional seaside fun, take a trip to Great Yarmouth where you’ll find lively arcades, busy theme parks
and a bustling promenade, not to mention a huge sandy beach and the all-important bouncy castle!

Broadland in autumn
From seal watching to stately home visits, Broadland still offers plenty to do during the autumn months. With
thousands of migrating birds passing through the area and local seal colonies coming ashore to give birth, it’s a great
time to pull on your woollies and take a bracing walk along the coastline. Inland, trees, bushes and hedgerows become
laden with fruit and local woodlands transform into a glorious riot of rich golds, oranges and browns.

If the weather is a little too wet and windy, there’s plenty to do inside as well. Take a trip into the fine city of Norwich and
visit the impressive medieval castle and museum, shop till you drop at the Chapelfield Mall or enjoy a free exhibition at
the Forum. It’s also a great time to visit one of the areas many stately homes. There are plenty to choose from,
including Somerleyton Hall in the south to Felbrigg Hall and the breath-taking Blicking Estate to the north.

Broadland in winter
Roaring fires, Christmas markets, delicious food and deserted beaches; despite the cold, beautiful Broadland continues
to captivate during the winter months. During the day you could take a bracing walk along the coastline and enjoy the
famed endless skies, whilst on a clear night, millions of stars put on a twinkling display that’s definitely not to be missed.
There’s a lot on for the kids as well, with panto season in full swing and the ever popular Thursford Christmas
Spectacular running from November until just before Christmas.  It’s a great time for a foodie break in the Broads, as
locally raised game dishes appear on menus throughout the area and traditional carvery takes pride of place in
traditional gastropubs. If you’re running behind on your Christmas shopping there are local fetes and markets on almost
every weekend, offering collectables, country crafts, traditional gifts, sweet treats and seasonal produce.


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