Boating on Thorpeness Meare

Thorpeness village was built in the 1910s as a private holiday village and retains a wonderful sense of being slightly out of kilter with the world!  The Meare is a huge, shallow, boating area with islands (themed around Peter Pan) that you can clamber on to and pretend to be a pirate!


What to do: 

Head down to the Meare for a traditional holiday experience, taking out a rowing boat, kayak, punt or sailboat to explore over 40 acres of water and enjoy being on the water as long as you like! Once you’ve navigated past the crocodiles to Pirate’s Island and the Fort (J M Barrie was involved in creating the Meare), head back inland and walk round the village itself.

Here you can see the House in the Clouds next to a newly restored windmill and meander around the wonderfully quirky village, ideally with an ice cream for company. You can walk along the beach south towards Aldeburgh, admiring some of the amazing houses facing out to sea, till you get to Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture.

From here you could carry on to Aldeburgh for the shops and renowned fish and chips, or follow a footpath inland across the marshes and walk back to Thorpeness along the disused railway line – this is a great walk where you’ll see plenty of wildlife and very few people.  There's no shortage of eating options in Aldeburgh - lunch, tea or dinner - and more seaside-y fare available in Thorpeness at the Meare Shop and Tearoom.


Book ahead for boat hire during the summer holidays (the Meare is a popular spot!), visit the website or call 01728 832523