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Visitor Reviews - Waveney River Centre

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Waveney River Centre
Staithe Road
Burgh St Peter
Norfolk   (Browse area)
NR34 0BT   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01502 677343

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Pitches: 52
Open: All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 90 Reviews
              9/10 from 90 Reviews

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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dogmakes5 1 review from this member

Beautifully presented site, on the edge of the river & marina. We had a large pitch with loads of room for tent, trailer, cooking, table, chairs & car. Had to use heavy duty pegs as ground full of stones, (some kind person pinched the regular pegs & peg bag while it was beside the tent. ) Shower & toilets excellent & regularly cleaned, with hot water when required. Shop has most things but could do with longer opening hours. Has pub on site which was ok but we also hired a motor boat for half a day & went to village of Somerleyton with pub called The Dukes Head, about 1 hr upstream, (free mooring & 10 min walk), fantastic lunch & well worth the visit! Dog friendly with water bowls around the site. Would recommend this site & visit again

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cjeager 6 reviews from this member

Just back from a short break (Monday - Friday) at this site. Self and 2 boys (17 and 18) in large tent. We had booked one of the larger plots at the 'front' of the site (nearest the marina) and found that it was big enough to fit everything in and still have some space for a bbq (you can borrow bricks if needed). Note for parents with 'free range children' there is no fencing between the camping field and the marina so you would want to keep an eye on small people. They could easily run or fall into the water.

The ground was flat but a bit bare and worn, but since we immediately covered half of it up with our tent that wasn't too much of a problem except when damp clothes (swimming costumes mainly) fell onto dusty ground. Most plots have shade trees, and there are lots of trees round the site. The site is terraced so the plots are all pretty flat, but that means a meandering path to the toilets etc. Unless you can get up the terracing.

For the first day we didn't shift from the site. On subsequent days we went out in the (late) mornings.

We usually prefer farm-type sites so this was a new experience for us having so much available on site. The shop was most useful for odds and ends and had a good range of food. They also provide a free ice pack re-freezing service, which was extremely useful in the hot weather.

The on-site facilities are pretty outstanding. We could have enjoyed a holiday here without going anywhere else. The showers are the best I have seen anywhere, better than some people have at home. Each room has shower, loo, sink and hairdryer. There is a separate toilet block and washing up area. Everything was immaculately clean the whole time we were there. The pool is small (but perfectly formed) and certainly big enough to get a decent swim (check opening times, sometimes it is closed for swimming lessons). The cafe is also very good and the all day breakfasts excellent. We particularly liked the sausages.

We used the pool quite a bit, hired a boat and generally made the most of things.

The pub was a disappointment. The prices for food are quite high for what seems to be a pretty uninspired menu, the music was too loud for us, and the range of beers was limited. I had hoped to be able to sample some of the local beers, but no chance. I think the pub is a missed opportunity to make something very special. There is a lot of space, but it was dark inside and we only saw about 6 people in there - we sat outside. A noticeboard advertised some pub activities - karaoke, quiz night etc. , but not on the night we were there.

Locally there is plenty to do. We went to Beccles (by road and later also by hired boat - but no time to explore on boat trip as it took almost half the day to get there and back) which has some interesting small shops and also an out-of-town Morrisons (which does have a cash machine) where we ended up getting most of our food (and some local beers). We also went to Lowestoft (interesting harbour and nice beach, standard range of shops, small market and they have a musical fountain by the pier that plays Benjamin Britten). We enjoyed the RNLI shop on the pier and found a decent place close by (good food, not so fast service) for lunch. We went to Great Yarmouth (in the evening, most things were closed but we got some excellent fish and chips along the main coastal road and parking was easy).

The site is pretty far off the beaten track and the last few miles down a single track road. It wasn't a very busy road so we had no problems coming and going. It also meant that we could walk quite easily (there are good paths). There is also a lot of wildlife to be seen, various kinds of ducks, pigeons, butterflies, rabbits (get up early!), various kinds of gulls and a heron (or maybe a crane) which came round morning and evening. Take a bird book!

The biggest problem with the site was that there was no cash machine available.

We had a good time. It isn't our preferred kind of site, but I picked it because it was different. We would certainly consider coming back.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Grommit 1 review from this member

The site I picked held the disabled icon for the simple reason that my wife is wheelchair bound.

I accept the fact that ramps were available to access the toilet block, the camp shop and the swimming pool seating area. However, in order to reach these ramps, we had to cross a loose gravel path and then push the wheelchair over rough ground, through an overgrown pathway with a barrier at each side, up a concrete path and down onto more rough ground at the side of the kids play area.

This trip was taken three times a day and proved to be very hard work indeed. Disabled access should not be one of the selling points of this site.

To continue, the grey water disposal area for Motorhomes consisted of a 1ft square of drain situated behind the swimming pool block. The manouvering required to get the drain from the motorhome to match with the drain on the ground took some considerable time and, even then, the match was not perfect so that some grey water escaped into the ground surrounding the drain. Apart from that, in order to get to the drain the route led through the outskirts of the children's playground. Not really a safe place to drive along and ensure the complete safety of the kids.

I could not get a wheelchair into the Waveney Inn to use their offer of free Wifi and therefore had to pay an exorbitant price for the River Centre Wifi. I just wonder why this could not have been included in the booking fee if indeed the facility could not be provided FOC as the other sites I have visited provide. I mean 20. 00, that's half a bottle of decent whisky for heavens sake!

Finally, on the minus side, the filling tap for clean water was of a shape and size never encountered before in the UK and none of the 350 tap fitments I had brought with me would have fitted. In the end I took the Motorhome down to the quayside and filled up from the boat filling tap. 1. 00 for 10 minutes was well spent.

On the plus side, the staff were very friendly, helpful, understanding and welcoming. Much more laid back and chilled out than the Dragon I met at a site near Castleton in Derbyshire.

The view from the windows in the Motorhome were amazing. Under the shady trees we could see the Marina and river traffic from one window and vast expanses of Norfolk from the front and side windows.

Very restful and peaceful but, until the gravel paths and rough ground are sorted, I am afraid our visits will be rare

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Prestoncamper 6 reviews from this member

We stayed for a week at this lovely campsite at the beginning of June when it was reasonably quiet.

The campsite is on several levels descending down to the marina with the smaller pitches nearer the top & the larger pitches nearer the marina at the bottom. All of the pitches were sufficient to get a tent plus a car on, our pitch was huge, more than adequate for a six man tent & car, although there is additional parking. The pitches are all pretty flat, although the largest pitches are a little worn & need some attention.

The campsite itself is some way off the main road. The roads are a little narrow so careful driving is required but there are passing places & the road should be passable for most vehicles. The reception & one of the best stocked shops I have ever come across, are open from 9am through to 5:30pm. After that assistance is available from the 'harbourmaster' who we found to be extremely friendly & helpful.

The showerblock was always kept clean & tidy. Entry to each cubicle is by key pad on the door & each contains a walk in shower, loo & basin. There are also some with children's changing facilities. There are separate loo's & an indoor washing up area that are also kept very clean. Unfortunately we didn't find the time to use the pool although it always looked inviting. We did try the the all day breakfast in the cafe which was a brilliant way to start the day.

One of the disappointments of the site was the pub, the Waveney Inn. The food was pretty standard pub food which was always cooked well but despite being a huge building, only a limited amount of space was open, there wasn't a great range of drinks & we found it to be dark, dull & uninviting. We found the Crown Inn in Hadiscoe much more inviting & the food is excellent, they even opened up the kitchen early for us.

The site though was a great touring base enabling us to cover all over Norfolk & parts of Suffolk. Around & about, we found Becceles to be a nice town to visit, Horsey Windmill, Horsey Mere & beach are definitely worth a visit, especially if you want to spot seals from the beach as we did. The lovely little village of Holt is full of craft shops that you can spend all day looking round. Sandringham is worth a day visit whether you are a royalist or not, try getting the guides to chat about their time there & see what stories they tell you. Kayaks were readily available for hire for the more adventurous to get out on the broads & Norfolk is pretty flat, so bikes are a good way of getting about.

All in all a lovely little site.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sarahandmatt 24 reviews from this member

Although I would agree with most of the favourable comments from previous reviews I must say something about the awful state of the caravan pitches. We paid extra for a fully serviced pitch but could hardly reach the post with the hook up etc on it because of the nettles and brambles round it. The pitches were never mown in the week we were there and were very uneven and untidy. I can understand that the little hedges between each pitch would be left for the wildlife but no one wants to put a caravan, motorhome or tent on six inches of scruffy grass.

The last two miles of the access road was very difficult and as we left we met four cars, one after the other. One of them pulled over into a space which was not a passing place and there was only about an inch between his huge car and our caravan. We were very relieved to get back onto the main road and would certainly not come to this site again.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Folly 3 reviews from this member

We stayed here on our first outing with our folding camper. We were allocated the pitch at the far end of the site nearest to the church, the pitch was pleasant enough with room for our folding camper, awning and car. The only problem with the pitch was that the electric hook up point was in the pitch next door but one too our pitch and our lead wasn't long enough, the friendly reception staff were able to lend us one so all was well. The facilities on site were top class, nice and clean and well looked after. Staff were great and the shop has plenty to offer. A really nice location and a very nice site, would thoroughly recommend it! One quick word of warning, when approaching, follow the brown signs. We followed our Garmin satnav and it took us in on some narrow roads without passing places and it was my first time towing.

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