River Bure at Horning by John Stratford - CC BY 2.0
In the heart of the stunning Norfolk Broads is the serene riverside village of Horning. An ancient village on the northern bank of the River Bure, within the Broads National Park, it has a range of riverside pubs and cafes, a variety of interesting shops, and boat trips to experience some of the broads’ most spectacular scenery.
It’s no wonder Horning is one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether you want to sail along the Bure or follow one of the many walking paths which wind their way out of the village into the surrounding countryside, Horning is a wonderful base from which to explore the Norfolk Broads.
For a taste of the Deep South in the heart of Norfolk, take a ride on the Southern Comfort, a Mississippi paddle boat which meanders along the River Bure to the stunning Ranworth Broad. As you enjoy the watching some of the region’s prettiest countryside float by from the deck of a luxury double-decker river cruiser, a running commentary points out some of the broads’ most interesting landmarks and water birds.
The Southern Comfort by John Stratford - CC BY 2.0
If you’re in the area in May, don’t miss the renowned Horning Boat Show, when a plethora of motor cruisers, inflatable RIBs and yachts are displayed at the village’s Swan and Village greens. There are also plenty of food and drink stalls and activities to keep children entertained.
One of the Broads’ best children’s attractions is Bewilderwood, just outside Horning. This sprawling adventure park includes zip wires, forests, tree-houses and lots of fun activities. There’s also a fantastic cycle hire centre, with access to a number of good routes through the surrounding broads and villages.
“In the heart of the stunning Norfolk Broads is the serene riverside village of Horning.”
In and around Horning you’ll find some delightful places to eat and drink, many of which have beautiful views across the Norfolk Broads. Undoubtedly one of the area’s most popular eateries is the Bure River Cottage Restaurant, where you can enjoy fresh fish from the nearby coast with a fantastic view across the river.
Another good option is The Staithe ‘n’ Willow, a welcoming restaurant and tearooms in a 400-year-old cottage at the water’s edge. The freshly baked scones, cream teas and light lunches are particularly popular among passing cyclists and walkers.
For a hearty meal and a pint of local ale next to a roaring fire, check out The Swan Inn, which serves classic dishes such as butcher’s choice sausages and mash, and Scottish mussels in white wine and parsley sauce.