October 7, 2023
Three new visitor Discovery Hubs aimed at promoting the unique landscape and waterways of the Broads National Park have opened to the public.
The Discovery Hubs are designed to promote The Broads as a sustainable, car-free destination. Providing accessible and interactive information, they explain the history, wildlife and landscape of the area. Encouraging more people to explore the unique landscape by foot, bike, boat, canoe and even paddle board!
As you can imagine, this fits our ethos very closely and working closely with The Broads Trust CAP.CO has been instrumental in the development of this exciting project.
With a vision to have more than twenty Hubs of varying size and scale throughout the Broads we’ve been working on the project for a number of years and as the project team has come together and a main sponsor was found.
The first three Hubs are in three key locations - Great Yarmouth seafront, where many visitors are not aware of the close proximity of the Broads landscape, Salhouse Broad in Norfolk and Beccles Quayside in Suffolk, the gateway to the Southern Broads.
Each provides information for visitors and locals, highlighting the best ways to explore the region – on foot, by bike and on the water.
Peter Howe, a trustee of The Broads Charitable Trust, said: "Our vision is to create a network of Discovery Hubs, which will all be linked by footpaths, cycle routes and waterways, that will help to publicise the Broads as one of the most sustainable destinations in the UK.
“We are currently raising funds in the hope that these three hubs will be the first of at least 20 that will be constructed in the next three years.”
They have been created with funding from Norfolk County Council, Visit Great Yarmouth, the Broads Authority, Suffolk County Council and several local charities.
Richardsons Leisure Limited is the launch partner and lead sponsor and is providing the funding in a three-year sponsorship deal, which also allows for the creation of the appointment of a ranger to both educate visitors to Broads and maintain the hubs.
CAP.CO are thrilled to be part of this ongoing inspirational project and cannot wait for the network to expand throughout the Broads National Park.