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Potter Heigham

One of the major boating centre's on the Norfolk Broads with a famous medieval bridge giving access to the upper reaches of the River Thurne.

An Introduction to Potter Heigham

Broads Tours Shed
Potter Heigham Church
Hire Boats
Potter Bridge

Potter Heigham is one of the major boating centre's on the Norfolk Broads, with many boating holidays or day trips starting from here. The famous medieval bridge gives access to the Upper Thurne, Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere. The banks of the River Thurne at Potter Heigham are lined with waterside bungalows, which can only be accessed by foot or boat. There is the famous Lathams store located here, as well as a pub, chip-shop and gift shop/newsagent. The main village itself is actually located the other side of the major A149 road and is mainly residential and quite separate from the boating centre, but does contain the lovely village church.

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Potter Heigham Map

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Potter Heigham Guided Picture Tour

We start our tour of Potter Heigham at the famous medieval bridge over the river Thurne. The bridge dates back to 1385 and is a low-arched structure with a clearance of only 7 feet at its highest, a notorious test for novice boaters! A bridge pilot helps boat skippers safely through the bridge in summer.
Potter Bridge
Potter Heigham medieval bridge over the River Thurne
Potter Bridge View
Admiring the view by Potter Heigham Bridge
Potter Village Sign
Potter Heigham village sign
Potter Bridge Pilot
Mooring up outside the Bridge Pilot's office

From the middle of the bridge you get good views down the River Thurne. This helps you to understand the importance of the river to the village. As the hiring of boats to tourists became popular in the early 20th century, Potter Heigham became one of the main centre's and it still is one of the major starting points of boating holidays on the Broads.
River Thurne
The view of the River Thurne from Potter Heigham bridge
Potter Marina
View from Potter Heigham bridge
Day Boats
Electric powered day boats for hire at Potter Heigham


A boating holiday is a great way to see and enjoy the Norfolk Broads. The following boatyards offer a fine choice of comfortable self-drive cruisers, with a good choice of layouts and all well equipped to a high standard - you just need to choose the right boat for you!
Barnes Brinkcraft
Faircraft Loynes
Royalls Boatyard
Bridge Craft

One of the most famous names in the Norfolk Broads hire boat industry is Herbert Woods, and his name can still be seen all over the local buildings. Among Herbert Woods’ many achievements was the building of Broads Haven in Potter Heigham which was the first yacht marina on the Broads. The large 2-acre basin was dug out by hand and completed in 1931. Broads Haven was home to Herbert Woods hire fleet with its famous “Lady” fleet of yachts and “Light” fleet of motor cruisers. Herbert Woods also designed many types of private boats including his personal racing yacht Ladybird, the Norfolk dinghy and the 22ft Norfolk Punt Limelight. The fact that many of these boats are still sailing today speaks volumes for the craftsmanship of the boat builders at this Potter Heigham yard.
Typical Potter Heigham View
The view over the Herbert Woods Tower
Herbert Woods Tower
Herbert Woods Tower
Broads Tours
Broads Tours boat shed at Potter Heigham

Today, the Broads Haven site is home to the sales office of Waterside Marine, which sell a wide range of used boats.
Waterside Marine
Waterside Marine boat sales
Waterside Marine
Boats and Yachts for sale on brokerage

There is a pub near the medieval bridge, called the Broadshaven Tavern (there is another pub further out of the village centre on the road to Ludham). If you prefer a cafe, a mobile one is situated on the opposite side of the road and there is also a cafe in Lathams.
Broadshaven Tavern
The Broadshaven Tavern Potter Heigham
A riverside cafe at Potter Heigham

Shopping in Potter means one thing ... Lathams! ... a famous Norfolk discount store. No visit to Potter is complete without a visit to Lathams ... they stock discount items from clothes, toys, household items and even a garden centre.
Lathams Store
Lathams store at Potter Heigham

Alternatively, the Weavers Way passes through Potter and is a good place for a walk. Along the path you will find a row of timber bungalows. These bungalows are fairly unique in that they are about the only place on the Norfolk Broads where the Broads Authority have allowed buildings directly on the riverbank. They are only accessible by the footpath behind, or by boat.
Weavers Way
The Weavers Way at Potter Heigham
Cycling to Potter Heigham
Riverside Bungalow
Riverside bungalow at Potter Heigham
Riverside Bungalow
River Thurne bungalow at Potter Heigham

Heading out of Potter towards Ludham, you will find a post office and another pub - the Falgate. The Falgate offers a different experience to the pub near the bridge, it offers a quieter country pub atmosphere, and is well worth the short walk from the river.
Falgate Pub
The Falgate pub at Potter Heigham

Potter Heigham Post Office

GROVE FARM BARNS at Catfield (near Potter Heigham) on the Norfolk Broads

Tucked away down a country lane in the heart of Broadland, and enjoying glorious views across open fields, a range of handsome barns has been tastefully converted to create the attractive cluster of cottages. Some nestle under their traditional Norfolk thatch, all are very comfortably appointed and each enjoys its own individual patio.
Grove Farm
Grove Farm
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage
Hoseasons Country Cottage

Over the main road, you will find the residential part of the village. Hidden beyond some houses is the lovely village church of St Nicholas. The earliest surviving feature is the round tower, which dates back to the 12th century and has a 14th century octagonal extension, one of the best preserved in the country. Inside, you will find a stunning hammerbeam roof (Gothic open timber), an almost unique 15th century brick font and a scheme of wall paintings dating back to the 14th century.
Potter Heigham church of St. Nicholas
Church Inside
Inside Potter Heigham church
Church Inside
The Church Font

Sunset over Potter
Sunset over the old bridge at Potter Heigham


Potter Heigham summary of what to SEE and DO

Watch the boats attempt to pass under the bridge
Try a shopping excursion in Lathams
Hire a day boat and head up river
Take a walk along the river bank
Enjoy a refreshment in a pub or cafe
Take a stroll to the residential village and church

Our Verdict

Potter Heigham has a reputation of being one of the top boating centre's on the Norfolk Broads and it lives up to that reputation. Add one of the regions top discount stores and you understand why visitors flock to Potter Heigham all year round.
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