Oulton Broad

Close to the popular seaside town of Lowestoft, Oulton Broad is one of the finest stretches of inland water in the UK and forms the southern gateway to the Broads National Park. 

A busy tourist centre, it’s a popular place for watersports such as sailing, canoeing, rowing and boating. But if you’d rather stay on dry land, you’ll still be able to enjoy the beauty of the Broad from the lovely Nicholas Everitt Park, which runs along its eastern edge. A bowling green and tennis courts are perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon here, and are available on a ‘pay and play’ basis. Or, for a cultural fix, you could head to the nearby Lowestoft Museum, which boasts collections of porcelain, archaeological artifacts and fossils, as well as information on the life of Benjamin Britten and other well known people with connections to the area.

Powerboat racing is a regular and exhilarating-to-watch fixture on Oulton Broad, but if you’d prefer something a little more low-key, why not book a seat on one of the pleasure boats that cruise the River Waveney? The river is especially beautiful from May, when its famous floating yellow water lilies begin to bloom.