Located beside the River Bure, roughly nine miles north of Norwich, Hoveton is an attractive yet bustling village that really lives up to its nickname of the ‘Heart of the Norfolk Broads’. The village’s growing residential areas (the parish had a population of 1,759 as of the 2011 Census, but that figure has undoubtedly increased since) are supported by busy commercial and industrial areas and a thriving tourist industry.
Perfectly placed to provide easy access to the Broads National Park, the stunning North Norfolk coastline, the rural Norfolk countryside, and the fine city of Norwich, Hoveton is a popular holiday destination for visitors from both the UK and further afield.
The parish of Hoveton has an area of over 10 square kilometres. Its facilities include a village hall, a community centre, two riverside parks, a staithe, three churches, a medical centre, two schools, a railway station, a business park, a bank, a post office, a tourist information centre, and a wide range of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels.
Hoveton or Wroxham?
Despite having an identity all of its own, Hoveton is often mistakenly referred to as Wroxham. Wroxham is, in fact, the village on the south side of the River Bure and is part of the Broadland District Council area (Hoveton is located on the north side of the river and is governed by North Norfolk District Council).
But though the two parishes are separated by a river (and connected by Wroxham Bridge), they share a great deal of infrastructure and a number of facilities. To this end, the parish councils of Hoveton and Wroxham formed the Wroxham & Hoveton Joint Action Group, and regularly work together to address issues that affect both villages.