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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: 8/10 from 101 Reviews
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Date of Visit: February 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bestieboy 20 reviews from this member

Very nice site. To risk repeating what has been said before the site is part of a larger complex centred around a Marina on the river Waveney, part of the Broads. We were in our caravan pitched on a fully serviced site for three nights during the February half term.

There are also lodges, a few statics, pods and I believe apartments in addition to the touring area. The caravan area sits at the top of the hill overlooking the tent area leading down to the marina. The views out of the front window down over the marina, the river Waveney and across the valley are lovely. During our stay unsurprisingly there was no tents and only a maximum of five caravans or motorhomes at any one time so it was lovely and quiet.

The facilities are excellent, free to use is a small swimming pool and jacuzzi which kept our kids and ourselves happy; nice and warm too. The washroom facilities are great with individual washrooms, spacious enough for two if necessary and critically with under floor heating so in mid February comfortable to use. There is also a Mace shop part of the reception area.

You can hire day boats to tour the broads, although we didn't. We used the ferry to cross the river on the Saturday and walked the dogs about two miles to Oulton Broad. Not much there but still a good day out with the opportunity to get some fish n chips for lunch.

Some small grumbles, the swimming pool changing rooms were not cleaned regularly enough, the shop sold us a loaf of bread four days out of date and I would have loved in mid winter to have had the option of hard standing pitches. However nothing to put me off returning.

The site is well signposted from Haddiscoe. The approach road is narrow and whilst there are passing places they are often little more than field entrances. I would not like to meet a caravan coming the other way so would advise leaving before 11. 30 and not arriving until after 12. 00. We were lucky but this was February, not sure what it would be like during the more popular holiday seasons.

We had a lovely break and would highly recommend the site.

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Landauman 12 reviews from this member

Motorhomes beware! I'm sorry to say this is the first time I have ever had or felt the need to leave a negative review. We booked this sight for four nights over the phone after looking and reading the reviews from this sight this was a last minute booking arriving the next day, the reason we had to book over the phone was, the sight seemed to have a slight problem with their web booking system. All went well until we turned up at the sight. We followed their arrival instructions to the letter, this took us down a sometimes very narrow single road track that is approximately 4 miles long, as you enter the sight their is a large dip, for motorhomes on low chassis you will probably bottom out so beware. As we turned onto the site the first pitches along the hedge they call heron, were in our opinion very small, with little space between pitches, also each pitch was very uneven. On the plus side the out look was quite nice overlooking the marina, The rest of the pitches all looked either to close together or on uneven ground. When we went to reception we found out that the clubhouse was closed, so we would be unable to get a meal or a drink, this was important as this sight is remote for people with motorhomes (you are advised to use the one route in and out of the sight 8 mile round trip) then the nearest town Beccles, is approximately a further 7 miles, with no bus service near the site and a round trip of about 16 miles on bikes, with our bad backs this was a non starter, we explained the situation to the people at reception and asked why they had not warned us about the club house at the time of booking, they replied it was on the confirmation email, I showed them the email as I had it with me and their was no mention of the club house on it at this point their attitude seemed to change and become very unpleasant. They had no argument but still only offered us three nights money back as a good will gesture. We took this and could not get of the site quick enough, we went onto a very nice site in Bungay. We all like different sites but this I would not recommend to anyone, however Caravans have flexibility of a car, were as motorhomes have a long bumpy round trip.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tecnikal 4 reviews from this member

'This was our first experience camping and we wanted to choose somewhere that had good reviews. We were not disappointed. The toilets and shower blocks were lovely. A very good standard. The water was nice and hot and there is a hairdryer, shower seat, your own toilet sink and shower unit big enough for two. Even in the middle of the night the toilet blocks are warm and well lit. Pub was closed due to refurbishment but we made were aware of that and stocked up before we came. Saying that it looks great and can't wait to come back next year once it opens in March. Lovely shop and play area. Laundry facilities. Pretty much everything you need. On arrival we were met by the warden who was really friendly and extremely helpful. The lady in the shop was running the shop and reception and was the friendliest person you could meet. Always had time for us whatever we wanted to talk about. Every person we met stopped to say hello. Wonderful surroundings, peaceful and great views overlooking the water. If you are looking for a clean, friendly park with great standards then you absolutely come here. This was our first ever camping trip so it was important to choose the right venue as we didn't really know what we were doing. After visiting Waveney, we can only hope that every campsite we visit from now on is up to this standard. We will definitely visit this place again. '

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrlovellfarm 1 review from this member

Selected the WRC to stay at for 5 nights during the school autumn half term break. On arrival the staff were very helpful and we were given a very clear and informative brochure and shown to our pitch. We had a Kingfisher Super Pitch and I must say I could find no fault with the pitch and its facilities. If I had to pick up on anything it was just a little struggle reversing the caravan into position, but it was damp and it was traction being the problem. Water, electric and T. V. Point (a must for the kids in the evening!) all functioning perfectly. In fact the T. V. Reception was better than I have at home! WIFI was fantastic too, again faster internet than I have at home.

Being fairly high up you had fantastic views over the marina and beyond. My family consists of 2 adults and 5 children these being aged 15, 13, 9, 3 and 2, and there was plenty to do for all of them. The adventure play area suited all ages and the pool was fantastic. We purchased the family pass when we booked so this offered excellent value to the holiday.

Showers and toilets were clean and of great quality, the family wet rooms were excellent for us with 2 little ones.

The pub was closing at the end of our stay for a refurb and wasn't very busy so it was quite nice to be able to take the whole family in and not worry to much. Being Halloween the landlord had provided treats for the children and you could tell that this a warm and friendly family environment.

The shop was good too with many gifts as well as the essentials. Hired a boat for half a day and the staff gave great instructions on operation etc.

Can't understand why people have referenced being too far away from main roads, supermarkets etc. Its really not that far from Beccles, 7 miles I believe.

All in all I highly recommend the Waveney River Centre and will definitely be booking up next year. Looking forward to the refurbished pub and new shop!

Well done WRC the best short break I've been on.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Simalie74 1 review from this member

We started this mini break by having to change our arrival date due to weather forecast. This was met by very helpful staff, who even moved our pitch to higher up as I had drainage concerns. Needless to say considering the amount of torrential rain and wind, when we arrived the pitch was good. As a family we used the pool and loved it, the laid back atmosphere and the key card meant we got some very quiet time in a lovely warm pool with great changing facilities before we had to head back out into the cold night. The shop and reception were well stocked considering the time of year we were able to find all we needed. We booked a boat out and had a lovely trip up a very quiet river, the information we were given prior to setting off was great for us as we have no knowledge of boating. The general mood on the campsite was very friendly, helpful and happy, facilities were clean and warm ( a must at the end of October) and the play park a big hit with our 9 and 11 year olds. We will definitely return. It was a lovely stay.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: XSASSx 13 reviews from this member

In short it's a nice enough site but very expensive. It's very rural which I don't mind but it's in a sort of peninsula surrounded by river which means you have to drive several miles to get out and to civilisation such as supermarkets or the coast which doesn't make it a great base to explore from. Saying that we had a lovely day out on Oulton Broads and another at Gt Yarmouth but I did about 80 miles of driving around once we there in just a Sat / Sun stay without actually really doing much. There is a minimum 2 night booking policy which seems daft for how few pitches were actually occupied. I liked how you can look at the site plan on the website and pick your pitch but we were still over budget on a tiny pitch.

The facilities were great in terms of a sizeable shop and pub on site, an indoor swimming pool, a great kids play area and massive new wet rooms. However the pool was tiny, expensive unless you got a weeks pass and with limited opening hours of 9 - 5 minus Sat swimming lessons and parties. The place generally had a bit of a 'business hours' approach to it as the shop / reception closed at 5. 30 and reopened at 9am which wasn't much use for buying milk for breakfast. I never saw any staff outside those hours, the warden I did chat to was lovely though.

The kids play area was great and kept my two occupied for a good while. The layout is good for the kids although there's nowhere for ball games. For so few people the site was quite noisy as the pub kicked out at 11pm and again at around 3am and then the day started with noise around 6am. I won't complain about the ducks' share in that noise but could've done without the humans singing though.

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