The Broads is the perfect choice for a UK staycation, but with so many attractions and waterways it can be difficult to choose which to discover first. Oulton Broad is a must visit location, locally known as the gateway to the Broads, it is the most southern area of open water in the Broads system.
Situated just 2 miles from Lowestoft beach, Oulton Broad can be reached by water, following Oulton Dyke from the River Waveney. Oulton Broad eventually flows out to the sea at Lowestoft via Lake Lothing which is connected to the broad by Mutford Lock.
If you are staying near Oulton Broad or planning to visit, here are some of our top things to see and do.
Oulton Broad is flanked by pretty Nicholas Everitt Park. It is the ideal spot to enjoy the views across the Broads. Whether you’ve travelled by boat, car, train or bike, we recommend packing a picnic and spending some time enjoying the views.
If you’d prefer to be a little more active, you can make use of the onsite tennis courts and bowling green. The park is also the perfect place to watch sailing and powerboat racing that takes place from April to September on Thursday evenings.
The museum is located inside Broad House, a grade II listed building from 1685, and houses the important collection of Lowestoft Porcelain, as well as locally found fossils and artefacts relating to early man (Pakefield Man dating back 700,000 years). If you’re interested in finding out more about the local history of the area and its people this is a must visit.
It’s open from April until the end of October, however they often have special events throughout the year – if you’re lucky enough to be visiting at the same time. Check their website to keep up to date with details. https://lowestoftmuseum.org/events
3. Pets Corner – Petting Zoo
Pets Corner is the ideal place to entertain the youngsters of the family. With animals from Chickens to Goats, Rabbits to Ponies, you’ll find all sorts of animals to keep children and adults alike entertained. Let the little ones enjoy being educated by the passionate and knowledgeable staff.
Pets Corner is committed to offering excellent value and is one of the most affordable activities for kids in the area.
4. Somerleyton Hall
Somerleyton Hall is situated conveniently close to Oulton Broad and is the finest Victorian stately home in the county. The hall’s origins date back to 1240 when a manor house was first built on the site. This house wasn’t demolished, but was instead renovated by John Wentworth when he bought the house in 1604. Wentworth renovated the exterior of the house to resemble a Tudor-Jacobean mansion. It was later renovated again with a touch of Anglo-Italian style.
As well as the hall, you’ll find spectacular gardens set over 12 acres which are currently being re-imagined as a series of interconnected ‘rooms’. If you get hungry whilst visiting you will find the estate pub The Dukes Head serving up delicious meals. It’s a must visit if you’re in the area.
5. Pleasurewood Hills
Thrill seekers can escape the tranquility of the Broads and enjoy a day at Pleasurewood Hills. Here you’ll find over 35 rides, shows and attractions.
The youngest members of the family will enjoy the kids zone with suitable rides for children around 1 metre tall. Family rides are perfect for everyone, and if you prefer something a bit more extreme the thrill rides are ideal for you.
Pleasurewood Hills is currently closed until the new season, but is a great option if you are planning a UK holiday for 2021.
However you decide to spend your time at Oulton Broad, our nearby accommodation means we are the perfect place to stay. Whether you pick a relaxing lodge with a hot tub to complete your stay, or choose to stay in a yurt with a wood burning stove to warm up after a day of thrill seeking. You can find a large range of accommodation suitable for romantic getaways or family escapes. Book online for your next UK holiday.