Things to do and see
Our cottages are in a lovely position set in quiet countryside but not too far from many attractions and places to visit. Listed below are a few things we would recommend while staying in one of our lovely cottages.
Seal colony at Horsey: Seals can be seen all year round at Horsey which is about a 40 minute walk up the beach from Winterton or a 15-20 minute drive from Rollesby. Pups are born Dec/Jan and can be viewed from platforms overlooking the beach with Wildlife Guides providing useful information. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead. During the rest of the year you may see them swimming off the coast or on land – it is a must!
For walking and birdwatching: Ordnance Survey map OL40 covers the Broads and local coastal area. Walks from along the beach inland or along the river provide interesting walks and opportunities to bird watch. Most beaches allow dogs throughout the year with restrictions at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. Hickling has a nature reserve,as does Ranworth with board walks etc. closest to home is a small boardwalk and bird hide at Filby. How Hill Nature Reserve provides an opportunity to walk in the grounds or take a boat trip on the electric eel boat. Toad Hole Cottage is a replica of a marshman’s house with lots of interesting exhibits.
Boat trips on the Broads: Boats are available to hire from Potter Heigham (4 miles) or Wroxham (10 miles)and there are details in the cottages. You can also hire boats from Martham boatyard nearer to home. If you prefer to have someone else in the driving seat there is a really nice trip from Horning on the Mississippi boat which leaves daily , either two or three times. It is best to phone ahead and book a place. The boat goes up the River Bure as far as Ranworth Broad with a commentary about wildlife and points of interest. Usually about 90 mins duration and refreshments are available. Seating inside and out. Available from The Waterside in Rollesby itself is a boat ride on Gentleman Jim, duration approx 40 mins. Trips run according to weather conditions! Refreshments at the Waterside itself are very good. You can also hire a picnic boat trip on Lady Belinda – see website for details.
Family attractions: Thrigby Wildlife Park is only two miles from the cottages and is a really nice, easy place to visit with younger children. It is not particularly large but has monkeys, tigers, leopards, crocodiles to name but a few. Set in lovely grounds with play areas and cafe.
Bewilderwood: Excellent outdoor adventure park with lots of climbing opportunities for children. Has won many awards, set in lovely grounds near Wroxham, about 10 miles from Rollesby.
Great Yarmouth Seafront: Not for everyone but is lively and full of attractions to keep children happy!
Bure Valley Railway: Runs from Wroxham for 9 miles to Aylsham, a pleasant market town. A narrow guage railway passes through lovely countryside and provides a nice day out for all ages. Check website for opening times and prices.
Hippodrome Circus, Gt Yarmouth: Yes, we have one and it is the oldest, surviving total Circus building in Britain. Shows are daily from July to September and during Xmas. Acts from all over the world provide entertainment and the finale is a unique water feature. No animals perform and is definitely worth a visit.