Waveney River Centre lies in the heart of the Waveney Valley, famous for its idyllic villages and unique market towns. The closest of these, Beccles, is a thriving riverside town with narrow streets and quaint architecture and is home to a wealth of independent retailers as well as a weekly market. A little further upstream is the ancient town of Bungay with its views over lush water meadows and diverse bits of history including a Roman well, Saxon church, the remains of a Norman castle and Benedictine priory. Halesworth is another charming market town, about 30 minutes drive, and famed for its flourishing blend of the arts, locally produced food and small independent shops.
The historic city of Norwich is just 30 minutes away and is not only steeped in history and culture with its Norman Castle & Cathedral, but is one of the UK’s top 10 retail destinations. In addition to two award-winning Malls, Norwich boasts an iconic Market - dating back over 900 years - and the medieval Norwich Lanes are home to a thriving range of independent retailers, cafés, restaurants and bars.
For a day at the beach, there is nowhere finer than Southwold - a charming north Suffolk seaside town about 40 minutes away. The town features an award-winning pier, working lighthouse, colourful beach huts, a busy harbour and cliff top cannon - as well as being home to the famous Adnams brewery, the delights of which can be sampled in many of the towns pubs - as well as closer to home at the Waveney Inn.
The local town of Oulton Broad is about 40 minutes away - whether by road, by boat or on foot! The Broad itself is one of the finest stretches of inland water in the UK and is a popular watersports centre - you can even watch powerboat racing every Thursday evening in the summer. The town has two railway stations - on the Norwich and Ipswich main lines - so here is a great way to travel further afield without jumping into your car.
Other attractions within 15 minutes drive include Somerleyton Hall & Gardens - widely regarded as one of the best examples of an archetypal Tudor-Jacobean mansion and one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain whose rooms and gardens are open to the public - and Caldecott Hall with its 18 hole golf course.
Take a detailed look at the features of our park and lodges plus get a feel for the surrounding area.