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Much of the village lies within a Conservation area, which also contains 24 listed buildings. The village church, St Luke’s, dates from the 14th century. Inside the church can be found two ornate grave lids that were made for persons of importance and date from the tenth century.

In April of 2011 The Pleasure Boat Inn gained itself a sister pub, when the owners purchased the Nelson Head Free House at Horsey, which is another famous Broadland pub with many quirky similarities to the Pleasure Boat!

Please visit the new Hickling Village community website as this site is no longer maintained:

The village holds several annual events including the Hickling Scarecrow Festival, the Hickling Country Fair, Open Gardens and a further 14 village groups. The Plough is very much a focal point for the village providing good home produced food and a welcome atmosphere. The pub fields other activities including poker nights and, alternate Thursdays, open mic night.

Our entertainment package is musical, original and well thought of by both our locals and holidaymakers. We also have regular quiz, pool and darts nights.

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust has swing mooring vacancies on Hickling Broad. If you would like more information please contact Debs Kershaw on 01603 625540.  

Hickling is a village[2] and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 22 miles south-east of Cromer, 20.3 miles north-east of Norwich and 137 miles north-east of London. The village lies 3 miles east of the Broadlands town of Stalham. The nearest railway station is at Worstead for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.

Please take time to visit our website and find out what Hickling has to offer, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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"Pub is the Hub", was initiated by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2001 and operates as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation offering advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community services. The PB is one of the case studies featured in a five minute video on their web site.

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Our restaurant can be the perfect venue for all manner of private functions, from business training and team building events to wedding receptions and birthday parties. See our Functions page for more information.

This small lake is said to be haunted by a young soldier during the Napoleonic War, who crossed it to meet his beloved, but met his icy death in its bone-chilling waters instead.

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This small lake is said to be haunted by a young soldier during the...

The village comprises two main parts, Hickling Green and Hickling Heath. Hickling Heath is the part which usually attracts the most tourists who come on boat trips and moor up at the staithe.

The Pleasure Boat became a Free House in April 2010, and a new Management Team was put in place in January 2011. This team, together with our lovely local staff, have a passion for Real Ales, Great Food, Boats, Wildlife and Pub Entertainment, as well as a love of all aspects of Norfolk and the Broads.

Adjacent to the village is the site of Hickling Priory, a house of Augustinian Canons which operated from 1185 to 1534. The 18th-century Hickling Hall was destroyed by fire in December 2014.[4]

We always have four award winning real ales available to satisfy the most discerning CAMRA palette, and a range of well known lagers and ciders, together with a broad selection of wines.

When entering the bar, you'll see that the Pleasure Boat Inn has been recognised as being at the heart of the village.

Hickling village is situated on the edge of the Hickling Broads. By using the waterways it is possible to reach Catfield Dyke, Potter Heigham and even Great Yarmouth. Because it leads to the sea the waters are slightly tidal and, depending on the time of year, the water levels can heavily rise or fall. There are many thatched huts dotted along the broads, one of the oldest being Turner's Hut.

On 1 March 2012 we opened our own shop. Following the closure of all other shops in the village our small general store is a much needed facility. We expect it to prove popular with visiting boaters too.

Hickling Mill, built on Hickling Heath in 1818, is a grade II* listed windmill which is one of the few to have been preserved in almost original condition, with most of the mechanism, apart from sails and fantail, relatively intact. [3]

The disused Grantham Canal passes through the village and there is a large basin adjacent to the main road. This would have facilitated loading and mooring when the canal was in use. The basin now attracts a substantial population of swans and ducks and passing motorist who stop to feed them. It’s an ideal place to start a stroll or cycle alongside the water and “The Plough” pub is a great place to finish.


We offer a menu using locally sourced food that changes with the seasons. In addition, there are always "Specials" available and, from time to time throughout the year, we offer Theme Nights.

Welcome to the web site of that most celebrated and iconic of all Broadland pubs.

NWT Hickling Broad is approximately 4km south of Stalham off the A149 Stalham to Caister-on-Sea road. It is clearly signposted - from Hickling village follow the ‘brown badger ’ tourist signs into Stubb road and on to the nature reserve.

Browse through our pages, and see that we are more than just an ‘Inn by the Water’. We have historic Links to Royalty, ample parking, the best views of the 30 acres of Hickling Broad, wildlife, fishing and boats galore, well loved gardens and, in winter, a warm restaurant and inviting bar with a real log fire.

Please check the News section or the Events calendar for regular announcements.

This is the home page of Hickling Village situated in the beautiful surroundings of The Vale of Belvoir, Nottinghamshire. It lies within the boundaries of Rushcliffe Borough Council, on the Grantham Canal.

During the St. Lucia's flood in 1287 180 inhabitants died, when the seawater rose a foot above the high altar in the church.