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Holidays in Filby

A pocket-sized gem in the heart of the Broads National Park

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Boats at Filby Bridge

Deriving its name from the Viking File the Dane, who settled in the area around AD800, this pretty little village in Norfolk is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you are a water baby!

Situated on the shores of Filby Broad and Ormesby Little Broad, the village is a worthy past winner of the Britain in Bloom competition, still very evident during the spring and summer. Filby’s own pub, The Fox and Hounds, is a tempting retreat to snuggle up in after one of the lovely walks the area has to offer for all levels of fitness, including the Filby Chapel and Mill walks.

The Broads are Britain’s largest protected wetlands and home to many rare species of birds and marshland plants. These shallow lakes are linked by six rivers - all navigable and safe for accompanied children who can channel their inner Huckleberry Finn.

There are lots of areas around the Broads to hire boats for a day or if you prefer to stay closer to home, why not hire a rowing boat from The Filby Bridge waterside restaurant? Do remember to also book in for some of their exquisite home-made food to warm you up after a day on the water.

Norfolk Broads

If you are looking for something a little more challenging, half-day and day courses at the Norfolk School of Sailing are available across the Broads. Keep an eye out for dragonflies, marsh harriers, wildflowers and swallowtail butterflies as you are trying to master the sails!

If your idea of an action holiday however is putting your feet up while others do the work, cheat by booking a mystery trail boat trip on the Electric Eel at How Hill Natural Nature Reserve.

"This pretty little village is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors..."

While you are there, be sure to pop into the adorable Toad Hole Cottage Museum and secret gardens and finish off with a scrumptious cream tea in the How Hill Tearooms, known for its organic and fair-trade produce.

In the colder months, why not fill up a flask with hot chocolate and plan your own trail around the Broads?

Filby is also an excellent base to also explore the larger coastal and inland towns of the area. Less than ten miles away, the retro seaside town of Great Yarmouth is the home of the oldest operational wooden rollercoaster in the country for those brave enough to try it!

A private heritage guided tour can be booked in the Historic South Quay all year round; mentioned in Daniel Defoe’s travel journals, this little architectural gem, along with the Roman ruins and charming windmills of Yarmouth, make this an excellent day out for all the family.

Norwich, with its imposing cathedral and castle market, is only 20 miles away and is a wonderful mix of modern and historic with a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene. Known as the city of stories and being the only city in England which lies in the middle of a park, coupled with its great Art Nouveau Royal Arcade, famous undercover market and winding medieval lanes make this a thrilling day out.

While you’re there

Norfolk School of Sailing

Have a go at navigating the Broads with plenty of lessons and courses on offer.

Filby Broad

Filby sits on the edge of this Broad, which offers many peaceful and scenic walks.

How Hill Natural Nature Reserve

See a variety of wildlife and explore the adorable Toad Hole Cottage Museum.

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