Our dinghys are available for hire for fishing trips and our specially designed birdhide is perfect for onshore wildlife spotting.


Enjoy the abundant varieties of fish including rudd, bream, roach, tench and pike. Spend a couple of hours or all day – just bring your own equipment.
  • No fish may be taken from the waters
  • Fishing During Fishing Season (October - March, Weekends Only During Fishing Season)
  • Please call us to pre-book to ensure availability
Half Day (3 seat dinghy) £14.00
Full Day (3 seat dinghy) £17.00
Half Day (3 seat dinghy with electric motor) £16.00
Full Day (3 seat dinghy with electric motor) £19.00


From the boats, the terrace or from the specially designed bird hide, there’s always something to see at The Waterside – both afloat and ashore.

Please note the Bird Hide is shut until Spring 2019 Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Binocular hire is available.


You’ll be surprised at just how many species can be found – right on our doorstep.

In Spring and Summer, Reed and Sedge Warblers are to be found and the explosive song of the Cetti’s Warbler may be heard, although notoriously difficult to actually see!

Great Spotted Woodpeckers are to be found in the surrounding woodland and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps add their songs to the resident species in Spring.

Common Terns fish here and Arctic Terns have been recorded passing through, as have Black Terns after easterly winds in late April and May. 

A good selection of dragonflies are to be found, including Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Darter and possibly the rare Norfolk Hawker (listed in the Red Data Book of threatened species), all of which have to be wary of the Hobby which catches dragonflies in flight and is regularly seen here. 

Marsh Harriers regularly fly over and sometimes an Osprey (mainly in Spring and Autumn) may pass through, diving into the Broad to catch an unsuspecting fish.
Along with Mute Swans, Coots and Moorhens, Great Crested Grebes are a regular feature on the Broads and may be seen doing their elaborate mating displays, including the ‘penguin dance’, in the Spring and later carrying their black and white ‘humbug’ young on their back. 

The Kingfisher is also present and The Waterside Bird Hide and the area in front of the hide is currently being improved to encourage kingfishers to fish there and subsequently provide excellent views and photographic opportunities.

In Winter the Broad is home to good numbers of wildfowl, including Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon and Mallard.

Goldeneye regularly occur and the resplendent drakes can be seen ‘throwing’ back their heads in a courtship display to the slightly dowdier ducks. 

Along with the Great Crested, some of the rarer Grebes occur, including Slavonian and Red-necked Grebe and in January 2012 a Great Northern Diver was found here and could be seen from The Waterside. 

The magical sight and sound of skeins of Pink-footed Geese flying over is another feature in the Winter here and along with Marsh Harriers, a wintering Hen Harrier may well be encountered.
The alder carr surrounding the Broad attracts wintering flocks of Lesser Redpolls and Siskins which feed on the catkins and wandering mixed Tit flocks including Marsh and Long-tailed may also include a Goldcrest or two. 

Chinese Water Deer (an introduced species) can be seen in the area and, if not seen, will be heard (a pretty ‘blood curdling’ sound!), particularly during December and January, during their rutting season. 

Another maybe peculiar sound (like a pig squealing) you may hear coming from the reed edges is that of the Water Rail which is quite a secretive bird but can be seen, particularly in the Winter, when freezing conditions force them out to look for more accessible food. 

Otters are now widespread in the Broads and, therefore, there is always a chance of seeing what used to be a very rare mammal.