Norfolk Broads boats designed for every sort of holiday

At Barnes Brinkcraft in the heart of the Norfolk Broads we have an unruvalled fleet of hire cruisers suitable for every holidaymaker.
So here we have three boats suitable for different people to give you a taste of what to look for and how to choose your holiday boat.

Brinks Royale

Brinks Royale

The Brinks Royal class is a two to four berth cruiser perfect for those wanting an al fresco holiday in the sun.
There is a large sheltered sun trap cockpit perfect for relaxing over a a glass of wine and a picnic and with two double berths in the cockpit and salon.
She is easy to steer with a bow thruster to make it particularly easy to moor, but full instruction is given before you start your holiday.
A week’s holiday costs from £570 to £1090 and you can also take a shorter break, please give us a ring for more details.

Brinks Sonnet

Brinks Sonnet

The Brinks Sonnet is perfect for the older holiday maker, being particularly easy to control and move around as it is all on one level with forward steering and a split sliding canopy over the saloon.
There are two double beds in the cabin and saloon and a separate shower room with a powerful shower.
There is a bow thruster for easy mooring and control.
To hire the Brinks Sonnet costs from £600 to £1095 depending on the season.
Have a browse on our web site for a really large selection of boats you cabin hire on the Norfolk Broads and for a wide selection of holiday flats and apartments available.

Customer Comments – Daisy Broad Lodges – ‘Coot’

Daisy Broad Lodges really are perfect for large families or groups of friends to get together and enjoy the Norfolk Broads.

Take a look at what our previous guests thought of this accommodation.

The Foster Family, October 2010
We had a great time, lovely house and enjoyed the use of the day boat moored outside.

Harvey & Bland Familes, December 2010
A great house, really beautiful.  Shame the Broad was frozen, would be great to come back and do some sailing.

The Stainton & Girolestone Families, March 2011
As usual Barnes is Best!!  Lovely week, many thanks.

The Stainton Family, March 2011
Lovely house, nice weather, beds comfy and very cosy.  Nice to sit on the balcony early in the mornings, saw the black swan.

O’Gorman Family, Australia, July 2011
Amazing spot, enjoyed the views and wildlife.  A wonderful week, thank you.

The Bradford Party, September 2011
Throughly recommend the Lodge, everything you could wish for.  Very impressed with Barnes Brinkcraft set up.

The Smith & Thompson Families, October 2011
Superb facilities, everything available and service friendly and efficient.  Have booked  for next year as has such a good time.

The Smyth & O’Neill Families, South Africa December 2011
Enjoyed a really relaxing Christmas week in The Coot.  Very cosy and ideal for a big family.  Lovely area and so much to explore. Thank you.

Lucys’ Hen Party, May 2012
What an amazing weekend.  We have had a great time and the boat just made it extra special.  Would definitely come back again.  LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT !!!!!




Are you waiting for a real bargain before you book your holiday this year? You won’t get a better offer than this – Book a holiday on ‘Brinks Sonata‘ between 1st – 17th July ’12, to be taken between 1st July and 1st September ’12, and we will give you a HUGE 30% OFF .

You can start your break on a Monday,Tues, Friday or Saturday.

Brinks Sonata - sleek & stylish, perfect for 2 people

Brinks Sonata is a sleek and stylish boat, a real head turner!  Perfect for 2 people but would accommodate a party of 4, you will find everything you need on board to enjoy your Norfolk Broads holiday.

Mention the Barnes Blog when booking and we’ll even pop a bottle of ‘fizz’ in the fridge for you to enjoy.

Don’t delay, give our booking office a call on 01603 782625 – you’d be mad to miss this!!

* Normal fuel deposit and damage waiver fees apply.

“What’s On” in June around the Norfolk Broads

Saturday 23rd June

Craft, Gift and Book Fayre, 9.30am – 3.00pm – The Book Stall will have a selection of children’s books priced at just £1 and £2, with well known authors such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, and plublishers such as Usbourne, Ladybird and Puffin.

Orchestra of the Swan, 7.30pm St Catherines Church, Ludham.  Entry by ticket, contact  01692 583099

Sunday June 24th

Green Festival at Fairhaven Gardens,  10.00am – 5.00 pm – Fun environmental activities for all the family. Rural crafts, conservation charities, children’s activities, children’s entertainers, boat trips and much much more.  Free with garden entry  £5 adults, £3 children, free parking.

Thurne Windpump Open Day, Thurne  2.00pm – 6.00pm.  Open to visitors and wind permitting the sails will be turning.  A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill. Free parking in the village at the staithe by the Lion Inn or moor at Thurne Dyke.

Friday June 29th 

Hard Rain playing at the Lion Inn, Thurne  8.30pm – From Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra – even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

Day boats are the perfect way to explore the Norfolk Broads

A day boat makes the perfect means of exploring the Broads and we have three smashing little boats which you can hire to see what this beautiful area of waterway has to offer.
With a loo and cooking facilities they offer a perfect getaway for a family so you can take your own food on board and prepare it while afloat.
The Picnic boats can take up to seven people and have a hood should the weather turn nasty.
Easy to drive and to get on and off, they are available to hire for either a full or half day from £60 for a half day.
Brinks BreakawayThe Brinks Breakaway can be hired from £130 a day and can take a party of up to seven people.
These are a great way to enjoy a family picnic with an open plan design and raised cockpit.
Again they are easy to drive and board and have outside seating and a table for the picnic hamper.
It is also possible to use these boats for an overnight stay as well, but you’ll need to check with us first on availability.
For a more luxurious boat suitable for a couple of nights on the river or just a day have a look at the Brinks Duet.
These are suitable for two couples or a small family and have a rear seating area with cushions, fridge and cooker, loo and shower.
These boats can take parties of up to six and cost from £150 a day.
Easy to drive (full tuition is given) they are the perfect boat for a couple of nights away on the river.
Lifejackets are provided on all our day boats and full tuition given before you set off. And if you have any queries you can give us a ring on 01603 782625.
Barnes Brinkcraft is situated close to Wroxham Bridge in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

June Last Minute Savings Of 20%

June Last Minute Savings Of 20%

Why not take advantage of our massive 20% Saving on all last minute Boating Holidays booked and taken in June 2012.

With the fishing season just around the corner this is the perfect gift from Barnes Brinkcraft to all those Dads, so if you need a gift idea deal no longer. With a larger selection of the fleet being discount throughout June thee are some massive savings to be had.

This offer applies to all New bookings taken after the 12th of June 2012 up until the 27th of June 2012. The 20% Saving has already been taken off Band E on all boats that still have various dates available. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offers and is only valid on New Bookings. No refunds will be offered.

For full details of available boats and dates please do not hesitate to contact a member of our reception team on 01603 782625 or email us at

Customer Comments – The Sail Loft

The Sail Loft ‘apartment style’ self catering properties can sleep up to eight people comfortably with their spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.  They are perfect for groups of friends or large families to get together.

This is what our recent guests had to say about their stay – thank you to all who left comments in our books, we do appreciate it.

The Sail Loft

The Buckley Party, October 2011

An excellent time was had by all on our 7th visit here and already booked for next year.



The Ward Family, February 2012

We had a lovely stay.  The accommodation was lovely and clean and the boat was very relaxing and fun.  What more could you possibly want?

The Bennett & Bell Families, February 2012
A really great play to stay with your families.  A great place to see the Broads, loved the balconies!

The Stiff Family, February 2012
Another great holiday, laid back and relaxing as usual.  Well done Barnes Brinkcraft.

1st Waltham Scouts, February 2012
Yet another great pirate party weekend!

The Wiggins Family, November 2011
A fantastic place, didn’t want to go home!  Will return as soon as possible.

If you are thinking about a self catering holiday on the Norfolk Broads, give us a call and we can help by suggesting the best property for your requirements.

Brink of Joy – a great boat for small parties at a great price

If you’re looking for a Broads boating holiday for two people then one for the shortlist has to be Brink of Joy.
It can accommodate parties up to five and is a perfect boat for those with young children as it is all on one level with easy access via front and rear footwells.

Brink of Joy

Brink of Joy

There is a single and two double bunks in the cabin and saloon and the boat is fully equipped with heating, television, fridge and cooker.
There is a split sliding canopy so you can have it fully open or just open to one side.
But most importantly for the first time visitor who has never handled a boat before it is very easy to steer and navigate. And full tuition is given when you collect the boat from our yard at Wroxham right in the heart of Broadland.
Brink of Joy is a surprisingly spacious cruiser, all on one level, so no stairs to climb, and perfect for a relaxing holiday for just a couple or a larger party.
If you need any further information, please call our team at the boatyard – they have years of boating experience. The number is 01603 782625.
Barnes Brinkcraft has one of the biggest fleets in the region so please browse our site for more options.

Bring a little ‘Jazz’ into your life

Here at Barnes Brinkcraft, we have one of the best fleets of Cruisers on the Norfolk Broads, but one little boat often overlooked is Brinks Jazz.  Even though it has a rather old-fashioned design it is packed with modern features and is perfect for a relaxing holiday for two or four people.

Brinks Jazz

Brinks Jazz

Jazz has all the features you would expect from a modern Broads boat and has a sundeck and a forward ‘well’ from which you can sit and watch the world go by.   With dual steering positions, you can drive the boat either from the sun deck or from the front cabin if the weather is less than kind.  Perfect for two people, or a family of four if you have younger children, as there are two cabins both with either double or twin berths.

Brinks Jazz is a great choice for anyone who is thinking of trying boating for the first time, it is easy to steer, moor up, has excellent accommodation and is perfect for a great value holiday.

Don’t be fooled by her old-fashioned looks, Jazz is a real sophisticated lady.

You can rent this boat from £410 to £860 in high season, but the first person to mention this to us when booking receives a 15% discount.  (quote blog 7/6)