A picturesque waterside Broadland village and if you only have time to visit one Broadland village then make sure it’s Horning.
The name Horning means ‘the folk who live on the high ground between the rivers’ and the village dates back to AD 1020. The manor was given by King Canute to the Abbey of St Benet at Hulme and the Bishop of Norwich as Abbot of St Benet is still to this day, Lord of the Manor.
The Parish extends along the north bank of the river Bure to Thurne Mouth and includes the Ruins of the Abbey and St James’ Hospital, also the 13th
century Church of St Benedict.
The village of Horning stretches for a mile along the northern bank of the river Bure. It is 10 miles from Norwich, 17 miles from Great Yarmouth and 3 miles from Wroxham.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
– the grounds of Thrigby Hall were opened as a wildlife garden in 1979 and now have a Children's Playground, Summerhouse, Cafe and Gift Shop. It is home to Snow Leopards, Red Pandas, Gibbons, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Alligators, Otters, Porcupines, Pig-Deers, Owls, Tigers and many more. Thrigby Hall is open daily from 10am and is located in the village of Filby, 8 miles outside Great Yarmouth accessible via the A47 or A149.
here you can find the regular wildlife of squirrels, rabbits and hedgehogs but also creatures such as the Thornyclod Spider, Marsh Boggles, Tree Twiggles and the Crocklebog! An accompanying book, gives children the chance to follow in the footsteps of the lead character Swampy, a 2ft Marsh Boggle with a taste for adventure. Bewilderwood features fantasy treehouses and aerial walkways through the trees above unspoilt Norfolk Marshland. The trees also have miniature villages for the Twiggles. Attractions include the Broken Bridge where you have to walk over invisible glass 7 metres above the ground, the Wobbly Wires, a daring zip wire slide and the Slippery Slopes. Entry to the park is by boat through the marshes, adding to the sense of fantasy and adventure. Located on the A1062 between Wroxham and Horning.
Southern Comfort Paddle Steamer
– A double deck paddle boat purpose built for the Norfolk Broads, which seats 100, used for public trips or private hire. The vessel passes old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. It sails from the Swan Hotel in Horning.
– A nine storey corn mill built in 1789, it is the tallest surviving windmill in the UK and is open to the public.
– A small studio established in 1977 that is a still a working workshop using a gas kiln to create reduction stoneware by hand.
How Hill Trust
– Based around an Edwardian thatched mansion the trust has reed beds, meadows, a small broad, rivers, woodland and restored windmills. There is a selection of nature trails for the whole family, boat trips through the reeds, a visit to the marsh man’s cottage or take a stroll through the Norfolk countryside.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015