A breath of fresh air at Eaton Park

I’ve more or less had it with the bad weather now. I’m sick and tired of being stuck inside with the heating on, while it blows a gale/rains incessantly/snows for hours. It makes me grumpy and depressed.

That’s why, when the sun did come out yesterday (however briefly), I took myself off to Eaton Park in Norwich. It’s only a short drive from my house, so it’s perfect for those days when I’m scared to go to the coast in case it piddles down.

In fact, I wasn’t the only one to have this thought; the car park was packed with people, as was the little tea room in the bandstand. There were kids on bikes, boys playing football and kites everywhere. Half of Norfolk seemed to have had the same idea as me, but it meant there was a great atmosphere.

Watching the world go by

Unusually, the boating lake was rather quiet yesterday, but I think that’s because the water was quite choppy. Normally it is surrounded by people testing their model boats and chatting to each other. I, on the other hand, prefer sitting beside the lily pond and watching the world go by. It can be something of a sun trap in summer, because it is surrounded on all sides by a high hedge, which keeps the cold winds out.

The beautiful bandstand is also a great place to people watch; with it’s domed green roof, it looks so grand, and much older than it actually is (having ferreted about online, it dates back to 1928). There were families just sitting on the benches drinking their tea and enjoying being outside.

And I know some people probably won’t agree with me, but I even quite like the skate park – it’s a great place for kids and teenagers to go and meet up, while the tennis courts and putting green keep children of all ages entertained.


Eaton Park is located south of Norwich, on South Park Drive. There is free parking, but it is limited.


Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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