Norfolk Broads Autumn Newsletter

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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER
Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, we’ve got lots to tell you after an extremely busy summer, so grab a cuppa and get comfy for a Norfolk Broads catch up.

Have you seen our new look website?
Over the last few months we have been working hard to improve our website, making it
fully responsive to tablet devices and smart phones.  We have also changed the
navigation making it much easier to find exactly what you are looking for and we have
added several more pages with lots more information to help making booking and
planning your holiday even easier.

Interactive Map / Holiday Planner
One of the new features on the website we are especially proud is our new Interactive
Map/Holiday Planner
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  The map shows lots of local information to help you when planning your route around the Broads.  Choose from wifi hotspots, moorings, information on towns & villages, public toilets/shower facilities, places to eat, where the bridges are located and their heights – we have even put a suggested 7 day itinerary .  You will also see helpful notes and in some cases photographs* of places which we think you will find useful.

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* Some photographs are from our online Customer Photo Album - if you have any you
would like to share please email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com.

Brinks Rhapsody – New Hybrid Cruiser
In August we launched our new hybrid cruiser Brinks Rhapsody which is now part of our
Elite Fleet.

A fully electric hybrid, there is no engine on the boat, just a bank of batteries which drives
the motor, and should the batteries require more power, a generator kicks in and powers
the drive giving almost silent cruising.

Almost fully booked since it’s launch date we have had lots of really positive comments
and several people who hired this year and booked for next year already.  We do plan to
add another to our fleet next year – launch date to be confirmed.

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To see the Brinks Rhapsody in action, see the You Tube review video which our customer
Robin S has uploaded – it is really fantastic and once again we’d like to thank him for doing this.  To book call 01603 782625 or Email

Christmas Shopping Breaks
Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?  The stress of finding that
perfect present along with all the pushing, shoving and horn blowing that goes with city
centre shopping, it’s not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  We are in the heart of Wroxham, close to ‘Roys’ the largest village store in the world, where you are sure to be able to find a gift for everyone on your list.  Our waterside self catering properties are perfect for couples, families or for friends to share, and from just £232* for short break it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

‘Broadscapes’ Photographic Holidays 
We mentioned this earlier in the year, and it’s taken us a little longer to put together than
we thought but we are now ready to start taking bookings for our photographic holidays.

Based around pre arranged rendezvous at different locations, meeting for daily tuition
with local photographer Paul Studd, a chat but above all for a chance to point your
camera at some of the iconic windmills & wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

The holidays are open to everyone staying with us either onboard a cruiser or in one of
our self catering properties and are suitable for beginners and more advanced
photographers. The price is just £95 per person plus of course the cost of your
accommodation or cruiser hire.

The first mid week holiday takes place on Monday 20th April, or we have a weekend
break on Friday 15th May.  Places are limited to 8 participants per holiday , so early
booking is advised.  For more information please visit ‘Broadscapes‘ on our website
or call the office on 01603 782625

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Spend Christmas on the Norfolk Broads
We still have limited availability for Christmas in some of our self catering properties.
If you fancy doing something different this year why not get the family or your friends
together and spend Christmas on the Norfolk Broads.  The price of your holiday
includes a bottle of bubbly, a hamper of local seasonal foods and a Day Boat for the
duration of your stay.  We will even put up and decorate a Christmas Tree for you!

Customer Loyalty Scheme
Our Customer Loyalty Scheme has proved really popular and will continue next year.
If you have previously holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and rebook with us direct,
you will receive a delicious local food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.  This will be
delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

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Hen & Stag Parties Welcome!

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Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we welcome Hen & Stag parties.*  If you are getting married
next year or if you are the person organising the Hen or Stag party, take a look at our
ideas of how to get the most out of your Norfolk Broads celebration.

Whether you choose a Cruiser break or one of our Self Catering properties, you can be
sure that you will have a celebration to remember for all the right reasons.

* A security deposit is payable

Barnes Brinkcraft on tour!

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Thank you to everyone who visited us on our stand at Brighton Pride again this year.  It was our 2nd year at Pride and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was lovely to see Robert Williams and his partner again who were the winners of our competition last
year.  It’s not set in stone yet, but next year we may be heading to north to Manchester
Pride - watch this space!

Early Bird – book now for 2015 and save 5%
Save 5% on our brochure price for 2015 bookings made before 28th February ’15.

New brochure out now!
Our 2015 is now available, to make sure you get your copy please email bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk
This year we have used new technology ‘Clickable Paper’ which we hope you will enjoy.

Share Your Holiday Photos
Our online album for our customers photographs is proving a real hit and we have loved
seeing what you all get up to on your holiday.  Thank you so much for sending them in and
please continue to do so.

If you would like to share your pictures with us, email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our FacebookTwitter & Ingragram pages - you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

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Thank you to Lindsay P who sent this photograph in – we love this one. Next time you
take a holiday with us, there will be a bottle of bubbly waiting for you to enjoy.

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We’ve just got a new Instagram account – follow us for regular upates.  #BarnesBrinkcraft

New Norfolk Broads Video

Thank you to Nicholas Wassell who recently took a holiday onboard Brinks Duet and who has sent us his Norfolk Broads video.

Norfolk Broads holiday video onboard Brinks Duet from Barnes Brinkcraft

Norfolk Broads holiday video onboard Brinks Duet from Barnes Brinkcraft

Brinks Duet is a 2+1 berth Broads Cruiser which is perfect for first time boaters.  A spacious, airy cockpit gives great visibility and the easy access stern and side decks allow easy movement around the boat.

The Captains Log – Brinks Belmore

Hear from Robin, one of our customers what he really thought of Brinks Belmore during a long weekend on the Norfolk Broads.

Brinks Belmore is one of the boats which is discounted as part of our ‘Escape the World Cup’ offer.

Click on the You Tube link to full his full video account.

Brinks Belmore

Brinks Belmore

Brinks Belmore is a 4* star boat.  It has a very spacious aft cockpit area which is ideal for relaxing in the sun or gives plenty of room if you are planning a fishing trip.

Access to the main saloon is via sliding doors where you have a comfortable seating area and the helm position.  The galley is down two steps and comprises of a full gas cooker with grill and oven, microwave oven, sink and drainer and plenty of storage.  The toilet/shower compartment is opposite the galley and is a good size.  In the bow you have a ‘V’ berth with plenty of storage.

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Escape the World Cup

Hands up if you’ve had enough of the World Cup already!

Fed up with the World Cup

Fed up with the World Cup

We are offering 20% OFF hire terms on all remaining boats in our 5* Elite Fleet for holidays & short breaks taken during the duration of the World Cup.

Brinks Harmony – sleeps 8+1
Brinks Concerto – sleeps 4+2
Brinks Quartet – sleeps 4+2
Brinks Royale – sleeps 2+2
Brinks Lullaby – sleeps 8+1
Brinks Melody – sleeps 6+2
Brinks Sonnet – sleeps 2+2

The offer also includes boats:-

Brinks Duet – sleeps 2+1
Brinks Belmore – sleeps 2+2
Brinks Belmore TC – sleeps 2+1

  •  Offer ends Sunday 13th July
  • This offer is subject to availability
  • The offer does not apply to holidays already booked
  • To qualify for this discount, you must book by telephone 01603 782625

June 2014 Newsletter

The summer season is well and truly upon us with the added benefit of wall to wall sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20′s an added bonus.

We are working hard on our new boat for this year ‘Rhapsody‘ and it is
still on time to be finished for bookings in the school holiday.  Several
people have asked for photographs and as soon as we have some
available we will put them on our website and Facebook pages.  More
on this in the next newsletter.

Did you see in the Guardian newspaper recently, that the Broadland district in Norfolk was named as ‘Britains most beautiful place’?  Not surprised? No, nor were those of us who live here and I’m sure that those of you who choose to holiday on the Norfolk Broads are not surprised either!

Hands Up if you’ve had enough of the World Cup already!

We are offering 20% off hire terms on all remaining boats in our 5* Elite Fleet for holidays & short breaks taken during the duration of the
World Cup.  This offer also includes Brinks Belmore, Belmore TC and Duet.hands upEscape the Football madness by booking yourself a holiday on the Norfolk Broads and enjoy the peace and tranquility that early summer can offer.

This offer applies to new bookings only.
To book call 01603 782625

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Photographic Cruise

Do you wish you could take a better photograph and wonder how the
experts always seem to get the light and mood of a picture just right?

In early October we are are thinking of putting together a short break
boating holiday which would include daily tuition from local
photographer Paul Studd.  This will either be a three or four day mid
week break, not too structured but with pre arranged meeting points
to meet with Paul and your fellow boaters and learn how to take a better picture.

If this is something that might interest you and you would like to know
more about, please email Kerry who will send you more information.


Customer Loyalty Scheme

Don’t forget that if you have previously holidayed with us in the past 4
years, and who rebook with us direct, you will receive a delicious local
food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.  This will be delivered direct to
the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

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We have wifi

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We have free wifi available in our riverside self catering Apartments & Lodges, and it’s available on the yard too if you are holidaying on a boat.

Remember to ‘check in’ on Facebook or #barnesbrinkcraft on Twitter.

Hen & Stag Parties Welcome!

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Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we welcome Hen & Stag parties.*  If you are getting married or if you are the person organising the Hen or Stag party, take a look at our ideas of how to get the most out of your Norfolk Broads celebration.

Whether you choose a Cruiser break or one of our Self Catering properties, you can be sure that you will have a celebration to remember for all the right reasons.

* A security deposit is payable

Share Your Holiday Photos

Our online album for our customers photographs is proving a real hit and we have loved seeing what you all get up to on your holiday.  Thank you so much for sending them in and please continue to do so.

If you would like to share your pictures with us, email them to
kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages – you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Brinks Concerto

Brinks Concerto

Thank you to Jan Huygen from Belgium who sent this photograph in,
next time you take a holiday with us, there will be a treat waiting for
you to enjoy.

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Exploring the Norfolk Broads in our own boat …

A new video has just been uploaded to You Tube by customers who recently hired Brinks Moorhen for their Norfolk Broads holiday.

Take a look, seems like they had fun!

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Brinks Moorhen is a great cruiser for two people and is ideal for first time boaters.  With a permanent double berth in the aft cabin there is no need for making up the bed every evening, a shower & toilet, galley with gas hob & oven and a fridge.  The saloon is light and airy with comfortable seating and a full sliding sunroof so that you can enjoy the beautiful weather.

To book this boat, call 01603 782625

What’s On – May ’14

Saturday 3rd May
2nd Horning Boat Show
This pretty village on the Norfolk Broads is host to the 2nd Horning Boat Show – held throughout the village with lots to do for the whole family, this is a day not to be missed!

3rd – 18th May
Broads Outdoor Festival
The Broads Outdoors Festival takes place different locations across Britain’s Magical Waterland.There will be around 100 events from guided wildlife walks and canoe trails to visits to the historic windmills of the Broads, plus lots of opportunities to get out on the water.

Sunday 4th May
Open Day at Norfolk Boat Sales
If you have ever thought about owning your own boat, or you already do and you are thinking of changing, pop along to NBS to take a look at the
huge display of new and used boats.  Ex-hire craft on display.

Guided Tour at St Benets Abbey
Find out about the dramatic rise and fall of this icon of the Broads – from a powerhouse that helped make the Broads landscape, to a romantic ruin with a windmill built on top of it.

6th May
Sail the River Bure on the Wherry Albion
Sail aboard the historic trading wherry Albion and learn about her from her crew whilst sailing to Cockshoot Dyke. Once there you will be guided along the boardwalks with a commentary on the flora and fauna. You will pause at the hide overlooking the broad before returning to the boat for the journey back to Ludham.

9th – 24th May
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Renowned for bringing art from around the world to Norfolk, first acts named include international jazz superstars Hugh Masekela and Madeleine Peyroux, dance iconoclasts Michael Clark Company and the UK premiere of a new show from Australian new circus pioneers Circa the Festival.

22nd – 25th May
Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival
Held at St Georges Theatre – this annual four day real ale festival features all sorts of local beers and ciders.