There are few better ways to enjoy a sunny day out than with a picnic in the Norfolk Broads. Whether you’re spending an idyllic weekend in the region, just visiting for the day or are lucky enough to live close to the Broads, a picnic among the rivers, lakes and waterways is guaranteed to make an afternoon to remember.
If you’re planning a day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty and want to include a picnic in your itinerary, here’s our pick of the best al fresco dining spots the Broads have to offer.
Hidden away at the other side of the road from Herbert Woods you will find a lovely well equipped picnic spot overlooking the River Thurne. Here you will find wooden tables and BBQ pads, either bring your own picnic or pick up takeaway from one of the cafes or Fish & Chip shop. To find it just follow the footpath at the side of the bridge.
The designated picnic area in Wroxham Board is a fantastic place to unfurl your blanket and enjoy an afternoon of culinary delights. Right next to the water, the area offers picture postcard views, a spacious grassy bank and easy access. Ideal for families, couples and small groups, this has to be one of the best spots on the Broads.
The pretty market town of Loddon is another of our favourite picnic locations. A thriving centre for boating and water based activities, the town boasts a pretty waterside area that’s ideal for a picnic on a summer’s day.
Whitlingham Country Park
If you want to work up an appetite before you eat, or stretch your legs after a big meal, the pretty circular walk in Whitlingham Country Park is ideal. Enjoy your picnic next to the park’s picturesque lake or find yourself a bench from where you can enjoy sweeping views over the landscape.
Combine an al fresco meal with a history lesson by heading to St Benets for your Norfolk picnic. Once a bustling monastery, the site is now in ruins. Take a tour of the remains of the historic building before setting up camp by the water for your afternoon in the sun.
Thanks to its floating Broads Wildlife Centre, Ranworth Broad is enduringly popular with families. The perfect choice for parents who want to teach their kids about the local landscape, and for children who love the natural world, Ranworth Broad is guaranteed to offer you a day out to remember.
A boat on the Broads
If you just can’t decide which picnic spot is for you, why not hire yourself a picnic boat and float along one of the region’s beautiful waterways as you enjoy your lunch? Not only will you be able to take in the best views in the Broads as you gently sail downriver, you’ll also be able to enjoy all of the facilities on board and spend an unforgettable day with friends and family.