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Fritton Lake’s park and adventure playground closed to day visitors

PUBLISHED: 15:41 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:39 17 February 2017

Fritton Lake. Picture: Matt Keal

Fritton Lake. Picture: Matt Keal

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Fritton Lake’s park and adventure playground has closed to day visitors as part of plans to ‘steer the resort in a new direction.’

Access will only be allowed to customers who pay to use the outdoor centre, campsite and lodges.

The news was confirmed on the Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre Facebook page, who operate as an independent business on the site: “Fritton Lake Park and Adventure Playground is no longer open to the general public unless you are staying in The Fritton Lake Retreats or have booked activities.”

Adrian Nichols, operations manager at the Somerleyton Estate, said: “The centre is closed until March, but when it reopens it will change from day visitor to resort based.

“We will be putting up new signs in the area as we steer the resort in a new direction, and focus on our campsite, lodge, and activity centre customers.”

The site, located just off the A143 Beccles Road between Great Yarmouth and Beccles, is owned by the Somerleyton Hall Estate.

14 comments

  • there is a Centre Parcs down the road another is unnecessary.

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    brereton

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • There are other much better places to take the kids in both Norfolk and Suffolk. No loss at all and another example of jumping on the lucrative bandwagon of residential "experiences". I expect he'll make plenty of cash and doesn't care what any of us think!

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    Jolil

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I would have to say this place will not be missed, went in the summer and I was appalled by the 'facilities', as someone else has said this is place VERY badly managed and all bad luck to them in future

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    Gorlestonboy7

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • It was a wonderful place back in the day (1980s), and full of happy memories for me and the kids. We had family connections and therefore off-season "mates rates" for one of what were then the lakeside fishing cottages. Lordy senior was indeed a lovely man, but I've met Hugh also on a few occasions - we acquired a dog from him - and I found him a thoroughly pleasant guy too. But who has advised him to do this? It doesn't seem logical that he has made such a decision himself. Ridiculous scenario, whoever has created it..

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I do hope there's an alternative place set up to fill the gap this leaves, just goes to show what having more money than sense does to you.

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    Boatman

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Agree that there must be more benefits to the estate with the area open to general public, it will also be a great loss to the local community, trust the local (FrittonSt Olaves) Parish Council will lead some form of action. Only one point to correct the Fritton woods car park is in a totally different ownership(Newcombe estates or something similar)

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    Brian

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Agree that there must be more benefits to the estate with the area open to general public, it will also be a great loss to the local community, trust the local (FrittonSt Olaves) Parish Council will lead some form of action. Only one point to correct the Fritton woods car park is in a totally different ownership(Newcombe estates or something similar)

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    Brian

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Totally agree with you Jay Canham. The previous Lord Somerleyton would turn in his grave, this one will get his comeuppance one day when he turns round and realise there he has no customers at any of his venues.

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    Lynda

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I agree totally with Mr Goldsmith as well. We loved to go to Fritton with children. Good fun in the park and reasonable food in the restaurant with a well earned pint. The place will be empty and Lord Fritton will have to change his plans

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    trelo

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Totally disgusted! Used to love that place. Lord Somerleyton strikes again but here's hoping it comes back to bite him on his stuck up toffee nosed backside!

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    Kat Perkins

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Lord Somerleyton does it again!! Fritton woods car park closed. Herringfleet Windmill car park closed and now Fritton Lake closed to the local day visitor! Next you won't be allowed to have a pint at the Dukes Head unless you're having a three course meal! Surely these places and the local visitors are the Estate's bread and butter? Madness!

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    Jay Canham

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • I agree entirely with Mr Goldsmith below. We would go two or three times each year with our daughter but we would also invite some of her friends and their parents so you would have on average 10 people attend. If me and my small social circle bring 30 people there each year this fact multiplied across all locals attending must be econimcally huge (factor in coffees, ice creams, pony rides, boat hire as well as entrance fees and this isn't insignificant). Good luck for the future, I'm sure the new business model is going to need it. Oh yes. bring back the "Hobart funnies" museum. it was one of the most unique and best parts.

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    A M

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Shame that's another place off the list to go to for locals... Can't imagine paying to stay there ... For locals.. What is the point...

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    Lionel

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • A big own goal and a massive shame. I'm sure it will cause a massive reduction in footfall to the restaurant. Letting the kids play there was the only reason we went - certainly the food was not the attraction. Fritton seems to be a great asset forever badly managed.

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    Craig Goldsmith

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

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