Marsh and Mill Safari launches Broads Outdoors Festival

Launch of the Broads Outdoors Festival 2014A Marsh and Mill Safari to a remote Broadland mill marked the press launch of the two-week Broads Outdoors Festival which runs from Saturday May 3rd to Sunday May 18th.

Now in its fourth year the festival promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever with more than 100 outdoor events showcasing just what Britain’s Magical Waterland has to offer.

Sponsored by Hoseasons, the UK’s largest self-catering provider, and media partner Archant, the festival this year celebrates the Broads Authority’s 25th and Hoseasons’ 70th anniversaries.

The festival of fun aims to give people, especially those who don’t often venture into the Broads, the chance to try their hand at new activities both on land and water. There is the chance to discover some secret places, not normally accessible to the public, which are being opened especially for the occasion. So whether your passion is bird watching, boating, cycling or walking there is something for you. Several events and activities are suitable for people with disabilities.

The festival opens on 3 May with a carnival atmosphere at the popular Horning Boat Show which showcases boats and marine products for all pockets, children’s activities, bands, choirs and dancers. There will be Try Sailing sessions organised by Horning Sailing Club.

During the two weeks you can try canoeing for free, join dawn chorus walks followed by hearty breakfasts and immerse yourself in the history of the Broads by climbing windpumps and sailing aboard graceful Edwardian wherries. There are also family fun days, boat trips for the artist and photography events.

The festival has been organised by the Broads Authority in partnership with organisations passionate about the Broads.   

Bruce Hanson, Tourism Officer for the Broads Authority, said: “Many different organisations have all pulled together to produce the really diverse and exciting range of activities that are available for people of all ages and abilities. We are especially grateful to Hoseasons and the EDP for making it all possible. The Festival provides a great boost for the image of the Broads and helps the tourism industry during a dip between two busy periods.”

Simon Altham, Hoseasons’ Managing Director, said: “Hoseasons is thrilled to be sponsoring the Broads Outdoors Festival which showcases the delights of the location where its humble origins began 70 years ago. The Broads is an important part of Norfolk and Suffolk’s tourism offering and its continued popularity is due to the people, places and partnerships who create such a thriving environment in which to visit.”

Nigel Pickover, Editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Evening News, said: “I have travelled round the world but right here, under our noses, is something that is world class. So many people who live here haven’t experienced the magic of this beautiful waterland and I would urge all local families to take advantage of the opportunities the festival offers to discover the man-made miracle that is on our doorstep.”

For a guide to all the events pick up your EDP on Tuesday April 29th, visit a Broads Authority information centre at Whitlingham, Hoveton or How Hill or visit

Thursday 1 January 1970