Waveney River Centre
Staithe Rd, Burgh St Peter, nr Beccles, Norfolk NR34 0BT
You feel like you’ve reached the end of the world once you get here – which is fine, as there’s so much to do.
The Waveney River Centre is an oasis of activity in what truly feels like the middle of nowhere down in the southern Broads. It’s many things rolled into one: it’s a well-equipped campsite, right by the water but it also has a number of holiday lodges. It also offers moorings to hire boats and rents out day boats and canoes at what must be one of the best locations from which to explore this part of the Broads national park – a location which also offers plenty of opportunity for glorious walks and cycle rides.
The long-distance Angles Way passes nearby, just across the river, the Wherryman’s Way a little way north, and the countryside around is as peaceful a corner of England as you’ll find.
There are 17 pitches for tourers and 35 for tents, and they come in various sizes, from ‘Coot’ (12m x 10m) to 'Pintail' (6m x 4m). All have views over the water and are spacious enough to accommodate your car. Plus, all have electric hook-ups.
The site is partly supplied by solar energy and has an energy-efficient pool and low-energy lighting throughout; pretty much everything is recycled, and the centre has won the David Bellamy conservation award 3 years running. But maybe the best – and greenest – thing they have done is to reinstate the foot ferry across the river which not only gives access to beautiful Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad but has made the car journey from Lowestoft to Waveney about six times shorter.
All in all a very peaceful retreat, but with plenty to keep you entertained.
The Owner Says
We're a family-owned 5-star Park with a small, motivated staff team who are devoted to making you happy so that you'll want to visit us again and tell your friends about Norfolk's hidden gem. We've achieved the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for the past 4 years and won 4 EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards for Customer Service, Best Holiday Park and Best Broads Experience. Our Park has a strong eco-focus and we strive to ensure that our activities support and enhance the unique wetland environment of the Broads. We now have 3 cosy camping pods, new for 2013.
We want you to leave your car keys alone and just relax and enjoy our little corner of the Broads National Park. You can swim in our indoor heated pool and we've an adventure playground and wildlife garden too which should exhaust the kids nicely. If you fancy exploring the river then we've day cruisers, canoes and kayaks to hire - or you could have a wildlife tour aboard a skippered boat. For a good walk - short or long - you need only jump on our ferry across to the Carlton Marshes nature reserve where you can see the Broads in miniature, before taking a stroll to the local town of Oulton Broad or even Beccles.
When visiting our camping & touring site, you'll not only love the fabulous view across the marina and river, but also appreciate the privacy of our heated, individual shower & wash rooms - each with WC, basin & hair dryer. There are 2 larger family shower rooms as well as a disabled friendly facility, a separate ladies & gents WC block and an indoor wash up area with 6 large sinks. Our launderette has commercial coin-up washing machines & dryers, an ironing board & iron and we've even got our own Information Centre to help you plan your days out.
All pitches on our main camping area have electric hookup, but if you prefer the wilder side of camping we've a separate area close to the river and marsh which has no hookups or lighting - though you can still use our shower, WC & washup facilities of course.
New for 2013 - Glamping Pods. Our insulated/double glazed "Escape Pods" have a full-sized double bed, 2 single beds, TV, LED lights, heater - and access to all the 5-star facilities.
There's a friendly pub, poolside café and a large shop too - giving you everything you need for your relaxing break on the Broads.
This is a good site and well out of the way, it is very peaceful and we woke up with the sound of cuckoos across the broads. This facility is part of a bigger complex based around the river, so there are quite a few boats and the campers feel a bit like an after thought. The facilities are good but are shared with the people from the boats, so they may be busy.