Local Area Information

Thurne is a pretty conservation village set in the Broads National park and is at the centre of some of the most stunning natural scenery in the Broadland landscape. The village is home to the iconic Thurne drainage mill, mooring staithe, small shop/gallery (seasonal opening), children’s play park, and The Lion pub/restaurant. There are excellent walks right from the doorstep and some outstanding sandy beaches, including the Winterton Dunes Nature Reserve and Horsey are within a 15 minute drive.

Nearby Caister Castle offers an interesting day out and the Hickling Broad marshes and RSPB nature reserve are truly worth a visit. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has 130 acres of wildlife and woodland gardens including a private waterway, with daily boat trips from Apr-Oct.

For exploring the Broads by boat, there are numerous hire firms locally that offer day boats with Potter Heigham only a few miles away.

There are shops, bank, post office, butcher, Co-Op and takeaway in Acle (5 miles) and a Tesco supermarket in Stalham.

Norfolk offers an enormous range of attractions and we provide a range of tourist information leaflets in the cottage that cover lots of different and interesting ideas for days out.

Norwich with its castle and a huge array of shops and restaurants is only 30 minutes' drive away from the cottage and it offers the full spectrum of historical, cultural, entertainment and shopping facilities that you might expect from a major city.