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Stalham

Stalham is a small town and boating centre on the river Ant. It’s home to the only museum of Broadland life – The Museum of the Broads – and Stalham Firehouse Museum, which was one of the first firehouses in the UK. The High Street has plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants and there is a Tesco supermarket nearby.

The Museum of the Broads waterside museum of Broadland life can be found on the historic and picturesque Stalham Staithe. The family and dog friendly museum, which is spread across four buildings, charts the history of the Broads, its people, boats and wildlife. They run a lovely little Victorian steam boat trip Tuesday to Thursday, and have a picnic area plus shop and cafe selling Broadland memorabilia, drinks, snacks and ice creams.  Most people allow two hours for their visit to the museum. (Open from the Easter holidays until the end of October Half Term. Closed On Saturdays. 01692 581681.

Stalham High Street and Stalham Firehouse Museum are just a ten minute walk away. The firehouse opened in 1833 and is understood to be one of the oldest organised fire brigades in Britain.  There is a wide range of artefacts including a horse drawn pump engine.  Children can even ring the firebells and try on helmets!  (Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – noon and 2pm-4pm from the Easter holidays until the end of September. www.stalhamfirehousemuseum.co.uk)

Stalham High Street is lined with little cafes and shops including Truly Local.  The unique, award winning store only sells food and drink that is sourced within a 40 mile radius of Stalham. By contrast, there is a Tesco supermarket located on Old Market Road close to the High Street.

Moorings

Richardson’s Stalham Marina
Broads Hire Boat Federation Mooring subject to availability.  Pump out, water and showers available.

Eating out

Museum of the Broads Café
Shop and cafe selling drinks, snacks and ice creams but no main meals. 01692 581681.

The Mermaid’s Slipper
Award winning restaurant on Stalham Staithe serving home cooked food prepared from scratch.  Has an outside seating area in summer.  Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. 01692 580808.

Cafe Charlotte
Highly rated family run cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Stalham High Street. They pride themselves on using local ingredients and even serve a special blend of tea made by Nelson and Norfolk Tea in North Walsham. 01692 581165.

The Swan Inn
Adnams pub and restaurant located on Stalham High Street.  Renowned for large portions of good value ‘pub grub’.  01692 582829.