Eaton Park Miniature Railway

Eaton Park’s miniature railway comprises the original elevated track and a longer ground level track (the mainline) which runs through a beautiful meadow. It was built, and is run, cared for and developed by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd (NDSME) It is one of the park’s most popular attractions.

NDSME was founded in 1933 particularly for the”…impecunious junior, who can find somewhere to work with plenty of tools available and a senior in attendance to give advice and discourage bad work.” Its roots are in Norwich’s great engineering company Laurence Scott and Electromotors.

As well as two stations, a kilometer of track, tunnel, rolling stock and engines, the site in Eaton Park includes a workshop and club house. Members meet Tuesday mornings to maintain the site and rolling stock, and every winter sees a new project launched and completed.

To find out more about joining this industrious and friendly group contact

Boat Pond

The 1928 boat pond is one of the finest in Europe. It holds 960,000 gallons of fresh water and was first used to sail traditional ‘vane’ yachts. Today you can see model boats of all kinds from toy boats to Thames sailing barges and from cross-channel ferries to submarines. Many boats are hand-built and on event days they’re displayed beside the pond, where you can meet and chat with the people who made them.


The boat pond is home to Norwich Model Boat Club, which has the Model Boat Pavilion as its club house. NMBC hosts regular meets, regattas and event days. Anyone can sail their model boat on the pond, even on event days, when an area of the pond is always left free for public use.


Pop-up trains 2021

Pop-up trains on Sundays from around midday until 1630-1700, depending on availability of volunteers, and the weather. The booking office may close early if demand exceeds capacity.  Plus some pop-ups on Friday afternoons during August.

Fares: adult £1.50, child £1. Covid details: tickets not issued but a receipt will be given. Mask required, with statutory exemptions. Please check into the NHS Track and Trace app.

NB: As we only have a fraction of our normal capacity, queues may be longer than normal.

2021 regattas – cancelled

Sat 20 April Thames – Barge and Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 28 April – Gala Day
Sun 5 May – Tug and Steam Day
Sun 23 June – Warship Day
Sat 29 June – Open Sailing Regatta
Sun 7 July – Summer Gala Charity Day
Sat 27 & Sun 28 July – Submarine, boating and sailing weekend
Sat 24 August – Thames Barge and Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 15 September – Warship Day
Sun 29 September – Tug and Steam Day

NB Regattas and events typically run from around 10am until 4pm.