The Broads for Kids

Boy Captaining Boat

Whether your kids are interested in adventure, the great outdoors, history or nature, the Norfolk Broads have a lot to offer. Kids can have a go at activities like walking, cycling, kayaking and boating, explore one of the region’s picturesque nature trails or enjoy a day out at one of the outstanding cultural destinations in the Broads.

If you’re planning a day out on the Broads or a family holiday with the kids this spring or summer, here’s our pick of the best activities for kids the region has to offer.


Get your heart pumping

With so many diverse and beautiful landscapes available to explore, no trip to the Broads would be complete without a little outdoor adventure. There are lots of different activities available on the Broads, so it should be easy to find something that suits your kids’ ages and energy levels. You could rent bikes and explore one of the region’s cycle routes, take a kayak tour through the rivers, lakes and waterways or have a go at fishing, golf or even swimming.


Hire a boat

Another fantastic activity for kids visiting the Broads is boating. You can hire a boat for a week, a weekend or just a day and head out to explore the area’s labyrinthine waterways. As well as being a great way to spend quality time together as a family, boating is a wonderful way to see the best of the Broads. You can combine a boating trip to the Broads with activities like fishing, cycling and walking and really make the most of your trip to the region.


Get close to nature

If your children are interested in the natural world, there’s plenty to keep them busy in the Broads. Visit one of the region’s picturesque nature reserves. Spend a day bird watching or explore one of the many nature trails that crisscross the Broads and learn all about the area’s wild inhabitants. One of the most popular destinations is the RSPB reserve at Strumpshaw Fen, while the floating Broads Wildlife Centre at Ranworth Broad and How Hill Nature Reserve in Ludham are also ideal for family days out.


Go back in time

The Broads are home to a number of fantastic historic sites that are perfect for kids of all ages. Bring the past to life, and take in sweeping views of the Broads, with a trip to Burgh Castle in Suffolk, learn about the region’s history in the Museum of the Broads in Stalham or visit one of the many picturesque market towns that dot the area.

Regular events and specially organised activities take place across the Broads throughout the year, so make sure you check what’s going on before you head to the region. To find out more about boat hire in the Broads, take a look round our site or contact a member of our team. 


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