Static boat holiday in Fambridge

If you choose a static boat holiday in Fambridge, you will find in the village, adjacent to the Yacht Haven, the famous Ferry Boat Inn, serving food all year round. Most visitors to the Yacht Haven are intrigued by the wildlife surrounding the salt marsh. You may be lucky enough to see the Brent Geese, Oyster Catchers, Curlew, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit birds. In the river itself you might also see birds such as the Red-breasted Mergansers and Cormorants. Seals are even occasionally found feeding on the invertebrate life of the estuary and sometimes come into the marina.

Within a ten minute walk of the Marina is the ‘Blue House Farm’ which is set within 601 acres. Purchased by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1998 the farm produces a comprehensive leaflet for wildlife enthusiasts. The reserve is open all year round as this is a very important stop over for wintering birds.

Close by is Woolverstone, a small village on the River Orwell, approximately five miles outside Ipswich. There is a lovely walk through the fields, following the river from Woolverstone to Pin Mill, which is Suffolk’s most famous hamlet where you’ll find the charming Butt and Oyster pub.

Orwell River Cruises run regular cruises on the purpose-built Orwell Lady. Leaving from the Orwell Quay in Ipswich Wet Dock there is a choice of daytime public cruises, theme night evening cruises and cream teas afternoon cruises to either Harwich harbour or Pin Mill.

Ipswich is one of England’s oldest towns. The waterfront is now a stunning area of modern buildings and ancient wharves and quays. Ipswich also has the New Wolsey Theatre for evening and afternoon entertainment, and the fabulous Christchurch Park, which has modern play equipment, a café in the mansion, arboretum, tennis courts and a lake – plenty to do with the young ones.

Another beautiful location is Southwold Harbour, where you can hop onto the Coastal Voyager, a fast inflatable rib that runs river, sea and seal trips throughout the year. There are also characterful tea rooms and cafes, and freshly caught fish from the sheds.

The River Colne, River Deben, Blackwater Estuaries and the River Stour are particularly scenic and there are numerous walks in the area to explore. The marina is located just a short drive from Aldeburgh, Constable country, Ipswich and Lavenham in Suffolk and in easy travelling distance from London, Cambridge or Norwich. If you are travelling with young children there are additional days out to be enjoyed on the beaches at Felixstowe and Frinton.

Location: North Fambridge is on the main railway line from Southminster to London Liverpool Street, a superb link. Fambridge is only thirty minutes from the M25 making it one of the closest marinas to London. From the M25 take the A12 towards Chelmsford. From the A12 take the A130 towards South Woodham Ferrers. From South Woodham Ferrers follow signs to Burnham on Crouch. Fambridge Yacht Haven is roughly half way between South Woodham and Burnham and is signposted ‘Marina’ with black and white signs as you approach North Fambridge. Follow the village all the way through observing the speed limits, turn left towards the Yacht Station or carry straight on past the Dead End sign, following the signs towards the marina, entering through the white gates. If using a Sat Nav, enter CM3 6LU as your target postcode.