The Meare

The Meare, Thorpeness: Hours, Address, The Meare Reviews: 4.5/5

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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Thursday
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Friday
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Never more than 3 feet deep the Meare is the ideal place for children of all ages to explore and have their own adventures. A wide range of boats are available including dinghys (generally suitable for one to two people), larger rowing boats, punts, sailing boats, canoes (for 2 or 3 people) and kayaks (one person).
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becnhugh
Wickford, UK269 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Half an hour in the Meare was £13 - not too expensive but 30 minutes passed very quickly! Beautiful sunny day to row around the Meare - not a lot to see as the vegetation was very overgrown on the islands but we Niue’s our half hour.
Written 23 June 2022
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kieran
9 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This really is a gem and both had a really good time, rowing around the islands on the lake. We had 30 mins which was adequate. Reason for 4 stars not 5 is due to the algae in the fist half of the lake which gets stuck on the ores making it difficult to row.
Written 8 May 2022
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK508 contributions
Feb 2022
Large expanse of shallow water in the midle of Thorpeness dug out in the early days of the enterprise. Attractive walk around and safe boating for all ages. Many of the spots to visit on the lake have names inspired by Peter Pan, and JM Barrie was a great friend of the creator of the village Ogilvy. A nice spot at any time of the year but best on a nice day in summer. The lack of commercialism is a decided plus point.
Written 17 March 2022
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,120 contributions
Feb 2022
A picturesque body of water in the middle of this village which is a bit of a folly itself. There are lots of walks around this area which afford nice views of the Meare, village and seaside. These can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.
Written 24 February 2022
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Pam H
4 contributions
Oct 2021
Pleasant exercise on a large lake with fun-to-spot nods to Peter Pan! A lovely way to spend an hour without feeling excessively lazy or finding oneself too stretched. We went out of season so did not need to book. We were lucky to have a sunny day and there were plenty of ducks, swans and geese hoping for children to feed them. Boats good if a little scruffy and staff pleasant and helpful when one of us found it tricky to climb out. We enjoyed ice cream after the trip but other options were available - picnic tables outside and seats inside.
Written 25 October 2021
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Mandy M
Milton Keynes, UK83 contributions
Sep 2021
had a great time hiring out a rowing boat and visiting all the JM Barrie inspired spots on the islands. dont miss going to the far end and round to the dragon. give yourself an hour.
Written 15 September 2021
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oosarah
uk29 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Great fun on the meare today. Boats were clean and staff friendly. Reasonable price, 6 people for an hour £25. Get off at the little islands and huts take in the views.
Written 6 September 2021
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rayraysworld
Warwick, UK1,830 contributions
Aug 2021
only a brief visit just to have a look. on way to aldeburgh and couldn't drive past somewhere like this without stopping. went in parking lot and got a space. free for 30 mins so that was ok.
walked to the lake and there were boat races being held for all ages.
if you were to imagine a perfect old fashioned village type lake and centre you would quite possibly imagine this. a small pond in the middle of a small grassy area, a pub with seating outside, a lake, typical common british birds, ice creams, children playing, families sitting down and everybody enjoying themselves.
you can almost forget that outside of here there are big cities and busy motorways and you pretty much want to forget about them too.
Written 28 August 2021
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C.
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
Warn people on your website that sailing dinghies are NOT available after some random day in August!🤬 We arrived mid morning on Saturday 28th August 2011 after a 2 hr drive, having carefully checked their web site for prices, opening times, Covid requirements etc. and were told no "we stop doing the sailing boats at the end of August"(remember the date of our visit?) he then added "after the regatta" the date of which was not shown on the web site. Having gone there especially to sail for the first time since I gave up racing Enterprises (2 person sailing dinghy) some 20+ years ago. We paid £3 for car parking for nothing😥 I am really angry about this lack of information, we would have spent a good 2 or 3 hours there and used the cafe etc. their loss and a sour review due to bad attitude of youngster on the desk and not enough info on the web site.
Written 28 August 2021
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sam804
London, UK2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Great family day out. It was one of my favourite trips as a child, enjoyed taking my own kids back last weekend. Nice relaxed atmosphere, boats are reasonably priced, they have managed to avoid it becoming too commercial as an enterprise. It has that old Suffolk charm.
Written 17 August 2021
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