Explore Havergate Island

Saturday 4 January to Saturday 4 April

The RSPB boat 'October Storm' will depart Orford Quay at 10am and will return to Orford Quay by 3.20pm.

Price: £19 for adult RSPB members; £24 for all others; 3 to 17 years old children pay half of the adult prices. Places are strictly limited, so advance booking on-line via Eventbrite is essential.

Booking essential

Join us on one of our extremely popular boat trips to Havergate Island.

This is a self guided trip where you are free to explore the hides and trails at your own pace. A guide will be present on the island should you prefer to stay with someone and learn more about Havergate.

After the 20 minute boat journey from Orford Quay you'll spend around 5 hours exploring this unique island in the Alde-Ore estuary before returning by boat to Orford.

You should see a variety of ducks and wading birds in autumn and winter; gulls, terns and wading birds in spring and summer; spoonbills and salt marsh flowers in summer; hares can be seen all year round.

Places on these trips are strictly limited because of the small capacity of the RSPB boat, so please book early. We have no life saving equipment for under 3 year old children on our boat and therefore can not accept bookings for this age group.

We highly recommend stout footwear, warm clothing, wet weather clothing and sun protection at all times of year.

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip because it requires getting on and off the boat and a lot of walking on uneven and sometimes muddy ground on the island.

There are no refreshments available on the island. Visitors need to bring their own food and drink for these trips. We have one public toilet on the island.

In adverse weather conditions, the trip may be cancelled at short notice at the warden's discretion; in this case, you will get a full refund of your booking fee.

To book onto this trip please follow this link to Eventbrite.

For general enquiries other than booking please contact us on


The RSPB boat 'October Storm' will depart from Orford Quay for the 20 minute ride to Havergate Island. Please ensure you arrive at Orford in good time and leave your car at the pay-and-display car park situated close to the quay. There are bicycle racks and public toilets at the car park.

Full list of dates

  • Saturday 4 January 2020
  • Saturday 7 December 2019
  • Saturday 1 February 2020
  • Saturday 7 March 2020
  • Saturday 1 August 2020
  • Saturday 5 September 2020
  • Saturday 3 October 2020
  • Saturday 7 November 2020
  • Saturday 5 December 2020
  • Saturday 4 April 2020

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.09063, 1.53863 (Google Maps)
  • Postcode: IP12 2NU
  • County: Suffolk

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