An oasis of activity in what truly feels like the middle of nowhere down in the southern Broads.
Staithe Rd Burgh St Peter Norfolk NR34 0BT 01502 677 343
We sayThe Waveney River Centre is an oasis of activity in what truly feels like the middle of nowhere down in the southern Broads. It’s many things rolled into one: it’s a well-equipped camping and glamping site, right by the water, but it also has a number of holiday lodges and a great restaurant with very comfy B&B rooms above. It also offers moorings to hire boats and rents day boats and canoes at what must be one of the best locations from which to explore this part of the Broads national park – a location which also offers plenty of opportunity for glorious walks and cycle rides. There are 17 pitches for tourers and 35 for tents, and they all have views over the water and are spacious enough to accommodate your car, and some have electric hook-ups. There is a modern and well-equipped shower block with heated shower rooms and toilets, a disabled toilet and shower, and 2 family rooms, a washing-up area with hot and cold running water, and a laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a children’s play area, canoe hire, day-boat hire and cycle hire, river trips on the ‘Betsie-Jane’, a ‘secret wildlife garden’ for kids, plus they have regular visits during summer from local wildlife experts and storytellers. The site's is partially supplied by solar panels, and they have an energy-efficient pool and low-energy lighting throughout; pretty much everything is recycled, and the centre has won the David Bellamy conservation award 3 years running. But maybe the best – and greenest – thing they have done is to reinstate the foot ferry across the river, which not only gives access to beautiful Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad but has made the car journey from Lowestoft to Waveney about six times shorter.
We're a family-owned 5-star Park with a small, motivated staff team who are devoted to making you happy so that you'll want to visit us again and tell your friends about Norfolk's hidden gem. Our Park has a strong eco-focus and we strive to ensure that our activities support and enhance the unique wetland environment of the Broads.
We want you to leave your car keys on the side and just relax and enjoy our little corner of the Broads National Park. You can swim in our indoor heated pool and we've an adventure playground and wildlife garden too which should exhaust the kids nicely.
Our luxury holiday lodges are spacious, contemporary and suitable for holidays at any time of year. All have great views across the Norfolk & Suffolk marshes as well as your own bird feeder right by your balcony. Campers & caravaners will not only love the fabulous view across the marina and river, but also appreciate the privacy of our heated, individual shower & wash rooms.
There's a friendly pub, poolside café and a large shop too - giving you everything you need for your relaxing break on the Broads.
The local area
If you fancy exploring the river then we've day cruisers, canoes and kayaks to hire - or you could have a wildlife tour aboard a skippered boat. For a good walk - short or long - you need only jump on our ferry across to the Carlton Marshes nature reserve where you can see the Broads in miniature, before taking a stroll to the local town of Oulton Broad or even Beccles.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
The Duke's Head
Slugs Lane Somerleyton Suffolk NR32 5QR
A decent local that attracts folk from far and wide to sample its excellent gastropub fare.
Things to see & do nearby
- Dogs Welcome
- Getting Away from it All
- Lodges & Cabins
- Pub with Rooms
- Sensational Views
- Something Different
Take the A143 to Haddiscoe and turn into Wiggs Rd by the village hall; follow this for 2 miles before turning left onto Burgh Rd; follow this for 2.5 miles and you’re there. Please follow the brown tourist signs and ignore your satnav. The closest train stations are Oulton Broad South and Oulton Broad North, 2 miles away on the other side of the river – though accessible by way of the foot ferry: about a 45-minute walk in all. There are also stations on the north side of the Waveney, most usefully 7 miles away at Beccles, from where you could take a taxi.