Potter Heigham is an area well serviced by the boating industry – a huge amount of the boating holidays that tour the Norfolk broads tend to start from here. And with good reason – there are a large number of boating yards all offering a massive selection of boats and rivercraft, a selection that will be able to service almost any boating enthusiasts need.
Because of this selection of boats, and the tourists that come to use them, there is a thriving riverside community in Potter Heigham, as well as the actual village away from the marina area that houses the old church and many residential properties.
The famous Lathams store sits near the river here as well as The Broads Haven Tavern Pub, a chip shop, Broads Haven Boating Marina and various other facilities that can all be reached by car or by boat to enable those who are enjoying a punt along the river the opportunity to pop in without any difficulties at all.
If you are choosing to take a Potter Heigham boating holiday then you may well find you come up against one of the most daunting challenges for all novice boaters – the Potter Heigham medieval bridge over the River Thurne. This bridge only has 7ft in clearance at it's highest point, making it a real battle for anyone not used to their craft! Don't worry if that sounds too daunting though, if you go in high season then there is often a bridge pilot available to guide you through.
From here after the bridge you get access to the Upper Thurne, Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere. The excellent access to the Broads should go some-way to explaining just how and why Potter Heigham is so important with regards boating on the Norfolk Broads.