Boats & trains




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) It is one of the park’s most popular attractions. The Heritage Track is currently closed for major refurbishment.

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. On Sundays the club also hosts remote controle trucks.


Trains 2023

Autumn pop-ups most Sundays

11.30am to 3.30pm

Tickets: adult £1.50, child £1
All day tickets; adult £5, child £4

Services depend on availability of volunteers and weather.

*Pop-ups may run on Friday afternoons during school hols, or at other times.

Model boats 2023

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

2023 Events and Regattas (approx 10am to 4pm)
Sat 22 April, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 23 April, Gala Day
Sun 21 May, Tug & Steam Day
Sun 11 June, Warship Day
Sat 24 June, Open Sailing Regatta
Sun 2 July, Summer Gala Charity Day
Sat 22 & Sun 23 July, Submarine Weekend
Sat 12 Aug, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 10 September, Warship Day
Sat 23 Sept, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 8 Oct, Tug & Steam Day