The Lord Nelson Pub Reedham. Home of the Reedham Riverside Beer Festival.
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38 Riverside Rd




NR13 3TE

01493 701548

The Nelson

Real Ale

Home Cooked

Live Events

Beer Festival

Pics & Vids


Contact Us


Jon Collorick Pics


Jon Collorick Video


The Bug Hunters


The Chuffinches RRBF


The Chuffinches


The Water Rats


Rachael Leech


Sylvanne RRBF




Kemps Men


Carl & Danny


Duck Race 2009

The River Rats Jazz Band at the Reedham Riverside Beer Festival

The Lord Nelson

Real Ale, Good Food & Live Music in Reedham on the Norfolk Broads


The founders of The Water Rats Jazz Band back then in 1965 were a handful of young lads. They came for a week's holiday to the Norfolk Broads, hired a boat and felt a little bored. What could be done? The answer was easy: lets drink some beer and play some music. The music was Jazz, traditional Jazz, possibly not the very best in the country, but at least recognisable. "We'll meet again next year", they promised to each other after that week. A long, long, long tradition had started.


In 2007, The Water Rats Jazz Band played it's 42nd tour of the Norfolk Broads. Until today it is the only place in the world where you can meet the Water Rats and listen to their music. The band never accept any of the numerous offers to play elsewhere. not the White House or Buckingham palace; not a week's tour on German river Rhine; not even the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Silly, you may think, but remember: the Rats started by chance as a purely recreational activity and there was nothing else intended. The boys meet once a year, travel together on a boat, play twice a day if they want to, and if they do not want to, they don't. This is very important to all of them: it's still a kind of holiday for the Rats' musicians, and should they suddenly decide to take a day off, they do. not that this has ever been known!