The journey from home took around 5 hours to the site which was near Ludham Bridge at the Norfolk Broads. The lovely site was well maintained and had a play area for small children, a small shop and good shower/toilet facilities. There was a very friendly resident hen on site which visited us every day. A good pub (The Dog Inn) is only 500 yards from the site.
Ludham bridge boatyard and café is only a short walk from the site. It was around a 15-minute drive to Potter Heigham where there is another boatyard, pub, large discount store, ice cream parlour, café etc. It was good to sit by the small bridge (eating ice creams) watching small boats being negotiated under the bridge by an experienced pilot.
We decided to hire a boat for a day and we hired it from Ferry Marina, near Horning. Horning is a beautiful quaint village around a 7-minute drive from the site. We paid a bit more for our day boat (£185) but it did have a toilet, kettle and hob and it was very comfortable and easy to drive and park up (Steve was in charge of driving and has been on boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads before). In our opinion it was worth pushing the boat out!
It was good to share some of the places and experiences Steve has had previously. We hired the boat from 10 am until 5 pm and had a couple of stops and had a lovely day cruising to Wroxham calling at Salhous Broad on the way. You have to be careful with mooring fees – outside some of the pubs they were charging between £10 and £20 to moor the boat but there are other places to moor free of charge nearby.
It must be nearly 50 years since Jane had been to the Norfolk area and she thought the area, quaint villages, houses, the Broads and countryside were fabulous. The pace of life was so much more relaxed than at home and we had a lovely chilling time having barbecues, eating breakfast outside and the weather was perfect.
Jaydene campsite – Lowestoft
From the Norfolk Broads campsite we travelled around 28 miles to Lowestoft where we booked into a small site holding about 12 caravans opposite the Pontins Pakefield holiday camp. The site was close to the main road. Again, there were some lovely hens on the site. The toilets and showers were very clean although the water temperature of the shower was not consistent during each shower (i.e. going hot and cold suddenly). Electricity was an extra charge. There was a bar on site which was good for early evening drinks. We enjoyed a drink in the bar on the day we arrived.
The next day we went down to the nearby beach which was around a 10 minute drive away where there was a lovely café - we would recommend the ice creams. We parked near the Jolly Sailor pub which was good and although we did not eat the menu looked very good and there were plenty of people eating at lunch time.
The reason for staying on the Jaydene site was it was the closest caravan park to the ‘Wildest Cats in town’ event was on at Pontins, Pakefield. It is a rock and roll weekend where most of the audience dress up in 1950s gear and there are lots of old classic cars. It is a 3-day event although we only went for one night. Steve was a member of a 5-piece band called the Savages which was a Screaming Lord Sutch tribute show and they were on stage at 9 pm. Although Jane has seen Steve play in a few bands she had not seen this show which was amazing but very different.
Another fabulous adventure in the Avante caravan.