Oulton Broad in Suffolk is known as the southern gateway
to the Norfolk Broads and is one of the finest yachting
lakes in Britain, Oulton Broad is the place where people
who love all kinds of water sports go.
There are a wide variety of activities including
windsurfing, rowing, sailing with amusement guaranteed
for the whole family. Summer evenings see power boat
racing on these waters.
Oulton Broad is a lively place with lots of shops,
restaurants and pubs. From here you can hire a
boat for an hour, a day or for an entire holiday, or
take one of the organised pleasure boat trips around the
Oulton Broad runs into Lake Lothing which divides the
town in to two halves linked by a bascule bridge (type
of bridge with a section which can be raised and lowered
using counterweights) which is used to admit boats to
the main port.
Nicholas Everitt Park is an impressive green space
sitting comfortably alongside the broad. A traditional
park in many respects with a number of visitor
attractions, such as bowling; tennis; crazy golf;
children's play area. It is used throughout the year for
many events and at its centre there is a traditional
There is a museum situated in Broad House which has over
one thousand years of local and domestic history with
fossils, medieval artefacts and Lowestoft Porcelain
There is a regular train service from Oulton Broad
station to the Medieval City of Norwich in
Norfolk and Ipswich in Suffolk.
Oulton Broad has more than 100 acres of grazing marsh,
with Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve managed by the
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, a haven for many different
species of wildlife, plants and insects. The year 1956
saw Sir Christopher Cockerell try out the world's first
working hovercraft model on Oulton Broad.
Oulton Broad is located under two miles
(3km) from the lively seaside resort of Lowestoft with its award
winning sandy beaches and family entertainment.