Waveney Valley Experience Guide
Of course, you can explore the Waveney Valley by land, but with it’s meandering waterways there’s plenty of opportunity to take to the water and explore too. You can even take to the skies!
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum preserves and protects the regions aviation history and really is a hidden gem that all generations of the family can enjoy. Located close to the River Waveney just outside Bungay, the museum was established in 1972 and is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. The collection of aircraft, artefacts and photographs on display at the museum has grown steadily since the museums conception and the 8 acres and various hangars and buildings are now home to some 66 aircraft including an English Electric Lightning, Sea Harrier and the cockpit of an Avro Vulcan Bomber.
Children are encouraged to explore this fascinating world and can sit in the cockpits of several of the aircraft. The NAAFI café serves a selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and homemade cakes, and there a charming gift shop to end your visi
The Big Dog Ferry
The Big Dog Ferry offers the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the wildlife of the River Waveney. Look out for otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers along the way. Departing from Beccles Lido, this 3-mile trip along the river ends at The Locks Inn, Geldeston, where you can enjoy a pint of local ale and a bite to eat before your return journey.
One-way tickets are available for those who prefer to make the return journey on foot along the riverside footpaths.
Oulton Broad Power Boats
Oulton Broad is described as the ‘Southern Gateway to the Norfolk Broads’ and there’s plenty of opportunity for ‘messing about on the river’ here. However, throughout the summer, every Thursday evening you can watch a selection of brave individuals doing just that, though of course it’s very serious - powerboat racing. With everything from national formula two boats to junior races, the sights, noises and smells of this adrenaline sport make for an exciting atmosphere. View from Nicholas Everetts Park, or for a more luxurious experience, watch from The Commodore pub and restaurant, which has a first floor dining room and terrace overlooking the Broad.
Reach for the Sky!
For there more adventurous holiday maker there are some fantastic options for a slightly different view of the Waveney Valley.
Established for over 25 years, UK Parachuting is based at Beccles Airfield and offers the ultimate adrenaline rush experience. Skydive from 13,000 feet, plummeting at speeds of up to 120 mph, then, once the cord is pulled enjoy the spectacular views across the fields and even out to sea.
For perhaps a calmer aerial adventure, Beccles Airsports, based at Shipmeadow Airfield offers microlight flights. Cruise at up to 140 mph and soak up the view.
Enjoy a few quiet early morning lengths or an afternoon out with the family at Beccles Lido. Situated on the riverside at Beccles this 30m x 15m pool has an idyllic setting. Just a 5-minute walk to the heart of Beccles and the Beccles Quay you can combine a visit to the Lido with a day exploring this lovely market town.
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