Hoveton /ˈhɒftən/ is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located within the Norfolk Broads, and immediately across the River Bure from the village of Wroxham. Whilst Hoveton is north of the river, Wroxham is south; but many people refer to the whole settlement as “Wroxham”.
The civil parish has an area of 10.2 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,804 in 873 households, the population decreasing to 1759 at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.
Hoveton is served by Hoveton and Wroxham railway station, which is on the Bittern Line from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham, and which is adjacent to the terminus of the narrow-gauge Bure Valley Railway to Aylsham. The station was originally intended to be on the Wroxham side of the river, but a change of plan resulted in it being sited in Hoveton; however, it was misleadingly named “Wroxham Station” for many years. It was changed to “Hoveton and Wroxham” in the early 1980s. Locals and regular visitors still refer to it by its old name, which can lead to confusion when purchasing a ticket in other parts of the country, and can result in being sold a ticket to Wrexham, North Wales.
Hoveton has two churches, St Peter and St John.
Roys of Wroxham, dubbed the world’s largest village store, was founded in Coltishall by Alfred Roy in 1895, with a second store opening in Hoveton in 1899. Roy’s includes a department store, a supermarket, a boutique, a garden centre, a toy shop, a garden centre, a DIY store, a discount shop and associated elements.
Bouchon Wine Bar is a French styled wine bar which encompasses a Wine Merchant, Bar, Restaurant and Deli. It is extremely popular for locals and tourists alike and serves rustic French food and tapas as well as having over 100 wines available by the bottle and glass.
Hoveton has a high school, Broadland High School, which gained specialist school status for Mathematics and Computing in 2004.
Hoveton Hall is a 19th-century building attributed to Humphry Repton. Although the house is not open to the public, its gardens are a popular tourist attraction. Hoveton Great Broad and Hoveton Little Broad carry the village’s name.
Hoveton is also home to the Hoveton and Wroxham Medical Centre, which has recently been built.