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Horning

Lined with lovely riverside houses, Horning is one of the prettiest and most popular villages on the Broads with a stunning waterside location.  Wander the historic Lower Street and discover a wide range of pubs, restaurants, delis, cafes and takeaways. 

Around two miles outside Horning is the award-winning BeWILDerwood children’s adventure park from where you can hire a bike with Broadland Cycle Hire and explore further inland.

The historic village of Horning dates back to 1020 and its name meansthe “folk who live on the high ground between the rivers”.   In many ways the river is just as important to Horning as it was a thousand years ago since the village attracts thousands of boating holidaymakers each year.

Aside from relaxing in the riverside pubs and greens it’s well worth exploring Lower Street in the heart of the village.  Lined with beautiful old houses, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to stop at as well as gift shops, a butchers, post office, newsagents and general store. There is a children’s playing field at the village Hall.

On weekends you can watch Horning Sailing Club racing from the river bank.  Better still, they host one of the largest annual inland yacht races in Europe – the Three Rivers Race – on the first weekend after the Whitsun Bank Holiday.

Moorings

Moorings in Horning can be like gold dust in the busy summer season so arrive early where possible!

Horning Staithe
Boat bins and public toilets a few minutes’ walk away at the car park next to Swan Green.

The Swan Inn pub moorings
Mooring fee applies, which is redeemable against food.

New Inn pub moorings
Free moorings for diners, which should be reserved in advance, 01692 631223.

Ferry Inn pub moorings
Free overnight moorings for pub patrons manned by a quay attendant.

Ferry Marina
Free overnight Broads Hire Boat Federation mooring subject to availability. 01692 631111.

Perci’s Island
Opposite the Swan Inn with no access to Horning village (unless you have a dinghy). Fee applies.

Things to do

BeWILDerwood

For a magical day out follow the footpath or catch the bus two miles out of Horning to the award- winning BeWILDerwood tree house adventure park.  Based on the BeWILDerwood books it features zip wires, jungle bridges, boat trips, storytelling and Boggle and Twiggle characters who roam the woods! 01692 633033.

Broadland Cycle Hire

If you want to go and explore the surrounding area Broadland Cycle Hire is located at the entrance of BeWILDerwood. They have adult, child, tandem and tag-along bikes available to hire, for a couple of hours up to the whole day. 07887 480331.

Eating out

The Swan Inn
Historic pub in the heart of Horning serving traditional pub fayre with a riverside beer garden.  Real ales on tap. Moorings are available with the fee redeemable against dinner (see Moorings).  01692 630316.

The New Inn
Family pub serving homemade breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts with a riverside beer garden. Three well served ales available. Moorings can be reserved for diners (see Moorings). 01692 631223.

The Ferry Inn
Family friendly riverside pub with a large beer garden and long section of customer moorings (see Moorings). Serves a carvery and traditional pub menu. Seven real ales available. 01692 630259.

Bure River Cottage Restaurant
Seafood restaurant located on Lower Street. Closed Sundays.01692 631421.

Staithe n Willow
Beautiful old thatched restaurant, tea room and gift shop with a courtyard garden facing the river near Horning Staithe.  Serves breakfast, lunch, main meals, light refreshments and cream teas. 01692 630915.

The Galley
Traditional delicatessen, café and gift shop in a stunning 17th century property. 01692 630088.

Golden City
Chinese takeaway on Lower Street. 01692 630091.