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The Meare

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Had fun 🛶

The meare is a large lake, much bigger than meets the eye with cute row boats and kayaks for you to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amelia R
via mobile
Fun and giggles

Came here with my daughter and mum for my birthday as camping near by. I would recommend an hour or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Diss, United Kingdom
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“rowing boat”(16 reviews)
“peter pan”(19 reviews)
“boating lake”(14 reviews)
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...more
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The Meare, Thorpeness IP16 4NW, England
+44 1728 832523
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All reviewsrowing boatpeter panboating lakegreat funrow boatstretch your legstea roomducks and swansonly criticism would bebeautiful villagebeen coming here for yearslarge lakepretty villageleisurely pacefour hoursa lot of funwatching the world
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though the place is undeniably pretty and the we had a lot of fun, the fact is you get charged £18 for an hour for an ancient boat and on ours the rigging clearly didn't fit the oars. I'm an ex competitive rower... Furthermore you...More

Thank zigtravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The meare is a large lake, much bigger than meets the eye with cute row boats and kayaks for you to go on, I shared a row boat with my friend and we rowed around the lake for an hour, visiting the mini islands in...More

Thank Amelia R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here with my daughter and mum for my birthday as camping near by. I would recommend an hour or more. Especially if you are not so good with your rowing, like me. The boats are traditional rowing boats. The mere itself is not deep...More

Thank MummyP6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mere is a great place to have fun, I have been coming here for years and just took my 16 year old son and some of his friends here, who had a great time Kayaking. You can hire row boats, canoes and punts and...More

1  Thank Matt L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very busy as it was bank holiday so everyone wanted to be around this area. However managed to find a place to leave the car and spend time relaxing in the sun. We had a picnic with us but there are lots of pubs around...More

1  Thank Girl-Friday56
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent a great hour rowing on the Mere with my son. In an hour you can just about row the length and get off on an island for a brief visit. The water is shallow so all is safe but it feels like a...More

1  Thank Lorrylingo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely time on the water with a small boat and sunny weather. Reasonably priced and a great spot which rewards with a nice ice cream shop at the end. Yummy.

Thank s w
Reviewed August 15, 2018

In a lovely position in the middle of Thorpeness with plenty of seats placed around the Meare to watch the people that have hired rowing boats or just enjoy watching the ducks and swans that have made it their home. There is car parking in...More

Thank nanni22
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Went kayaking for an hour although no life jacket felt quite safe, really peaceful setting lots of Birds/Insects etc.

Reviewed August 8, 2018

We visited on a very hot August afternoon and this place was extremely busy. We paid £18 for one adult and two children to take a rowing boat for an hour. Credit cards accepted. They had great fun. There were swans and cygnets around and...More

Thank Jackandlilysmum
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terence g
September 14, 2018|
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Response from golfromeoalpha309 | Reviewed this property |
No I am afraid there isn’t.
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Andy G | Reviewed this property |
No, you are not allowed to use your own boats.
May 13, 2018|
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Response from technologysavvywife | Reviewed this property |
I imagine not. I have never seen this in many years of visiting.