Pettitts animal adventure park is about 2 miles away. Birdwatching
When in Norfolk come and spend the day, not a fortune, at Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham.
There are rides galore for young children, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see as well as animals to feed and pet.
Lord Nelson Pub
By the river
The Lord Nelson Restaurant…
At The Lord Nelson we provide a wide range of meals at reasonable prices. Whether it’s a light bite, a fish dish, something spicy, a vegetarian choice or a serious steak meal, you can be sure that it will be of top quality and freshly prepared. Served throughout the day and evening, our portion sizes cater for all of the family, with a special children’s menu available.
You can choose whether to eat either in our comfortable and stylish restaurant, or at our riverside seating area, enjoying the sounds and sights of the beautiful River Yare with its wildlife and idyllic Broadland scenery. We also provide an excellent selection of wines and beers for you to enjoy with your meal.
The Lord Nelson Bar
At the Lord Nelson we stock a range of beers that includes 4 real ales. As you would expect, we stock popular ales such as Little Sharpie from our acclaimed local brewery, Humpty Dumpty. Others include Wherry from Woodfordes. There is also a choice of draught lagers and a range of bottled beers. Our range of beers may change from time to time, but you can be sure that there will always be an excellent selection to choose from.
As for Wine, we endeavour to maintain a wide selection of Red and White Wine and Rose, to ensure that we can provide you with a fine quality wine of your choice and from your preferred region. This is available by the glass or by the bottle.
Being a holiday location, we also stock a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks to suit adults and children alike, as well as teas and coffees being available throughout the day.
Adult bittern wading in reed bed
RSPB nature reserve
This reserve has the full range of broadland habitats and wildlife. Walk round the reedbeds, woodlands and orchid-rich meadows and you could chance upon marsh harriers, bitterns and kingfishers. Come in spring and summer when the meadows bloom with flowers, and see an array of dragonflies and butterflies, including the spectacular swallowtail.
There’s plenty for children to do, with activity rucksacks available, and a range of guided walks for birdwatching beginners and old hands too. As well as the three hides, the reserve has a wheelchair-accessible viewing point.
Visiting Strumpshaw Fen requires crossing a railway line at the entrance. Please use the pedestrian gates to cross the line and look carefully to make sure no trains are coming before crossing. Children should be supervised closely. If you are infirm or have mobility difficulties, please avoid crossing alone or use the phone at the gate to check with the signal operator that no trains are coming. Please also use the phone before crossing if you are visiting as a large group and will take time to cross.
Reserve open from dawn until dusk every day except Christmas Day. Reception open from 9.30 am until 5 pm April-September, and from 10 am until 4 pm October-March
RSPB members, under 5s and carers accompanying registered disabled visitors: free. Non-members: Adults £3.50, concessions: £2.50, children (5-17 years): £1.50. One child per family goes free.
Information for families
Children can explore the wildlife of the reserve all year round with a Wildlife Explorer backpack (£3 per pack). Pond dipping kit is available to use from Easter to October Half-Term (£2 per kit). Hands-on family trails are renewed every school holiday to reflect the seasons and we run a fun-packed family events programme throughout the year.
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Information for dog owners
No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs