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Oulton Broad

About Oulton Broad

Oulton Broad is an expanse of water and marsh which forms part of the network of man-made bodies of water known as The Broads.

It is linked to the east by a lock to Lake Lothing which passes through the centre of Lowestoft and opens into the North Sea. To the west it is linked by Oulton Dyke to the River Waveney. The postcodes are NR32 or NR33 depending on which side of the river you are situated. It has a wide and varied array of houses, bungalows and flats from the very old to the very modern.

The north side of Oulton Broad is one of the most expensive residential areas to live with large detached houses having broad’s frontage. Prices here can reach well over 1 million pounds. Read more about it below – and if you’ve any questions about the area or property, please do get in touch.

Tourism

Oulton Broad is a popular tourist area with a yacht station and moorings for holiday cruisers and day boats available to hire on Nicholas Everitt Park.

The Park also has a great children’s play area, tennis courts and a bowling green.  Every Thursday during from April to September on a Thursday evening Powerboat racing takes place which actually started over 100 years ago.

Each year it also hosts a charity Dragon Boat event in which many local businesses get involved.

For those less adventurous  holidaymakers who do not have ‘sea legs’ there is Broadland Holiday village which is a mixture of chalets and caravans and also has a clubhouse, gym and swimming pool.  The leisure facilities are also open to the general public to join.

Retail and restaurants

Around the Nicholas Everitt Park area are a number of public houses with spectacular views such as The Wherry Hotel and Commodore.

These both offer food and there is also many other pubs and eating establishments offering a full range and variety of dishes.  The Lady of the Lake public house also is a great venue for live music with local groups playing 2 -3 times per week.

Very close to Everitt’s Park are also a variety of shops including  The Gift Shop, Hairdressers, Opticians, small supermarket with post office and a great tea shop called Fancy Cakes ideal for that special afternoon tea.  There are also good doctors, dentists and several primary schools in Oulton Broad.

A short walk along the Broads and you will come to the area’s most newly refurbished establishment Ivy House Country Hotel.  This consists of a Barn restaurant, an oak beamed bar and various accommodation.  It also offers weddings and has a new 250 person function room.  It has fantastic grounds and views so is very popular for special events.

Greenery

Just a stone’s throw (10 minute further walk) is Carlton Marshes and Nature reserve run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

The dykes and pools are teeming with wildlife and there are reed beds, flower rich meadows, marsh and woodland to explore. The education centre boasts panoramic views over the marshes, two teaching rooms, toilets and a picnic area.

Less than a mile away from the heart of Oulton Broad is another park called Normanston Park.  This hosts local football matches during the winter and cricket matches during the summer.  There is also a small children’s play area, skate parks and a cafe.

Summary

Oulton Broad, despite its occasional traffic jams, is very well connected.

Oulton Broad also offers 2 railway stations, Oulton Broad North, which links to routes to Norwich and beyond and Oulton Broad South which links routes through Beccles and Ipswich.  It has a regular bus service.

Property prices vary greatly – as was stated earlier those with gardens and mornings onto the water command six figures but more affordable property is available away from the broad itself. Oulton Broad is a sought after area of Lowestoft, Britain’s most easterly town.