Duck, duck, GOOSE! Where to see ducks in and around Norwich…
Sometimes you need a cheap (or almost free) afternoon out of the house and in the fresh air. Feeding the local ducks is a great activity for everyone, so I’ve pulled together a great list of places to go, along with some suggestions to turn it into a full afternoon.
However, please note it’s really important NOT TO FEED DUCKS BREAD! Bread is really bad for them and any leftovers that go mouldy is dangerous for them, nearby dogs and ruins the ponds. Here’s a list of things they LOVE to eat that are probably already in your cupboard or freezer:
👍 Sweetcorn (tinned, fresh or frozen) 👍 Frozen peas (the ducks like them defrosted though) 👍 Oats (not so great on a windy day mind!) 👍 Bird seeds 👍 Lettuce or green veg in little pieces
Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR
Large waterfront park with lots of space, plus a visitor centre & cafe.
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Enjoy a walk around the Broad ⭐️ Visit the small play area and cafe (I’m always looking for cake!)
What do Mumbler’s think? A great place for fresh air and for the kids to let off some steam, lots of ducks/geese/swans etc.
BUT, also be aware…We find Whittlingham a bit scary, huge geese and swans than have no respect for personal space and no fear, quite aggressive. Although we havent been for a year!
A natural Nature Reserve, includes a wildlife interest natural area, junior and toddler play area, children’s paddling pool and river walk. (You will also find Wensum Park on our Ten Parks and Playgrounds list)
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Visit the play area ⭐️ Take a picnic and enjoy the views
What do Mumbler’s think? Good pathways down to the river and boardwalk means this is really buggy friendly.
Large waterfront area, boardwalk to the visitor centre and cafe/gift shop.
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Enjoy a walk along to the visitor centre ⭐️ Visit the pub or cafe ⭐️ Hop on board for a boat trip ⭐️ Enjoy the views at the top of Ranworth Church
What do Mumbler’s think? Ranworth Broad is lovely for feeding the ducks and very few swans or geese.
Park up in the car park and take the woodland/boardwalk walk (mostly buggy friendly, although paths can get muddy after rain) down to the broad.
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Enjoy a walk alongside the Broad ⭐️ Visit the small play area and look out for the little ice-cream boat!
What do Mumbler’s think? Salhouse broad is perfect, nice little walk to get to the ducks too.
River Green on Yarmouth Rd, NR7 0EQ
Between the Rushcutters Arms and River Garden pubs, this is a small open area by the river.
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Have lunch in one of the pubs nearby
What do Mumbler’s think? It’s a lovely spot with the ducks, boats and river fronting pub.
Lovely village with a bit of a river walk with place to feed ducks/swans.
Make an afternoon of it: ⭐️ Take a boat trip ⭐️ Get some fish and chips from one of the local chippies – some are eat in or take out and eat by the river. ⭐️ Go shopping at Roys ⭐️ Visit Wroxham Barns, a short drive from the centre of Wroxham
What do Mumbler’s think? A great place to spend an afternoon, lots of ducks and swans to feed by the riverside.
Do you have a favourite place to feed ducks in or around Norwich that I should add on? Let me know here.