Booking a self-catering break in the very small village of Irstead on the River Ant and you will find yourself in the centre of Britain's magical waterlands, The Norfolk Broads. This quiet unspoilt area is special as it has picturesque waterside homes and is a great place to escape the world, enjoy the beauty of the Norfolk countryside at its best and a perfect spot for a picnic. Just three miles south is the Capital of the Broads - Wroxham. Here you can hop on The Bure Valley Steam Railway and head to Aylsham then walk back along the path where you will be able to spot an abundance of birds, animals and wildlife.
With so much on offer in this area, such as hiring a boat, cycling, angling, bird watching and nature reserves there really is something for everyone to enjoy whilst on holiday in the Broads.
There are a number of beautiful towns and villages to be discovered, try Stalham where you can visit the Museum of the Broads and marvel at Hunsett Mill. Or how about Horning, situated on the bank of the River Bure where you can watch the world go by. Not forgetting Coltishall with its old buildings, church and riverside pub and local ales to try. For a great family day out, check out the award winning BeWILDerwood adventure park, just on the outskirts of Hoverton, this magical land of Twiggles & Boggles is where children (and adults are encouraged to play along) can explore, rope swings, tree mazes, zip wires, slides, and much more.
Also just thirteen miles away, you have the historic city of Norwich, with its great selection of shops, & restaurants, plus cinemas, theatre, castle, cathedral, churches, and museums. So whatever type of holiday you are looking for Irstead is a great base to be in.