Eaton Park Miniature Railway

Eaton Park’s miniature railway comprises the original elevated track (The Heritage 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)

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.

Heritage or souvenir tickets are issued and some people keep them as a record or for their collections.  The miniature railway experience takes in two stations complete with tannoy announcements, a kilometer of track, tunnel, rolling stock and engines.

The club has its own workshop and club house. Members meet Tuesday mornings to maintain the site and rolling stock. Every winter sees a new project launched and completed. To find out more about joining this industrious and friendly group contact

*The Heritage Track is currently closed for a major refurbishment.


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. On Sundays the club also hosts remote controle trucks.


Trains 2024

Easter to 29 September, Sundays and Bank Holidays
October, Sunday pop-ups
School holidays, occasional Friday and mid-week pop-ups

11.30am to 3.30pm

Subject to weather and volunteer availability

Tickets: adult £1.50, child £1
Day tickets: adult £5, child £4

(day tickets are non-transferable and also not sold during the last hour of operation)

Accessible carriage no. 7: takes wheelchair, pushchairs, prams, guidedogs, other well-behaved dogs (at staff discretion) and people who are unable to use the ‘sit astride’ carriages.



Model boats 2024

Norwich Model Boat Club meets
Saturdays 8am to 1pm – yachts
Sundays 8am to 1pm – all boats
Wednesdays from midday – speed boats

2024 Events and Regattas (approx 10am to 4pm)
Sun 21 April, Gala Day
Sun 19 May, Tug & Steam Day
Sun 9 June, Warship Day
Sat 22 June, Open Sailing Regatta
Sun 7 July, Summer Gala Charity Day
Sat 27 July, Submarine Day
Sat 10 Aug, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 8 September, Tug and Steam Day
Sat 21 Sept, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 6 Oct, Warship Day