WELCOME TO OUR VILLAGE
Visitors to Reedham (once an ancient settlement on the River Yare) will find us on a map of the Norfolk Broads about 20km east of Norwich and approximately 12/15km west of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft as the crow flies. Travelling by road and turning south off the A47 at Acle you will arrive in the village after a pleasant twenty minute drive on country roads. Or reach us via the Wherry Lines railway which runs between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. At Reedham, the Lowestoft train crosses the River Yare at the renowned swing bridge described by Michael Portillo (ex Minister for Transport and British Rail) as "wonderful" in his TV series 'Great British Railway Journeys'. The train from Great Yarmouth passes Breydon Water stopping by request at the isolated marshland halt of Berney Arms. A short walk to the River Yare will bring you to the Berney Arms pub with moorings. This is a seasonal 'watering hole' for birders, boaters and walkers alike. To enjoy the superb 4 mile walk to Reedham from here following the course of the river, Berney Arms is a unique stop for nature lovers to enjoy the vast skies of Norfolk. If you are boating, simply travel upriver to the village and take advantage of free moorings along picturesque Riverside.
Reedham Ferry is a car and foot passenger chain ferry and the only crossing on the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The Ferry Inn on the north bank is an excellent hostelry as is The Ship Inn located opposite the swing bridge; both are frequented by friendly locals and serve food. Don't forget to sample the real ales from our local Humpty Dumpty Brewery which also hosts the annual Reedham Beer Festival each summer at Reedham Village Hall. At the time of writing, The Nelson pub on Riverside has just been refurbished and will be reopened. Also fronting the river is a boatyard not far from the family run village Post Office which also supplies essential provisions. Whilst in the shop, it's often possible to pick up essential village information at the same time! From Riverside, a climb up Middle Hill and a right turn at the top into The Hills, will bring you to our fish and chip shop (with restricted opening hours), and a grocery store next door. The Viking Social Club and Doctors' Surgery are also located along here and there are a number of events and activities regularly taking place at the village hall in Pottles Lane where there is an excellent children's playground and playing field known as 'Searchlight Field'.
The most prominent building in Reedham is the Church of St John the Baptist which is well worth a visit. The tower was built in 1447 and incorporates material 'recycled' from a much earlier Roman-period building. Times & dates of services and other useful village information can be found in "OUTLOOK" magazine which is published monthly. You should be able to find a current copy in the Post Office. Also, near the church is Pettitts Animal Adventure Park - a great attraction much enjoyed by children and parents.
It's hoped this brief introduction to Reedham has whetted your appetite enough to pay us a visit. You will certainly receive a very warm welcome.
Compiled by Maureen Haycock