Autumn Holidays on the Norfolk Broads

The wonderful russet colours of autumn are just starting to look their best on the Broads,  and this is the time of year when those who really know the area chose to take a break.

Rainbow on the River Waveney

The Riverside pubs, restaurants and attractions are all still open at this time of year, and you can explore the waterways in greater tranquility than the summer months as there are fewer craft on the rivers.

With October half term on the horizon, one of our boats or waterside Lodges make for the  perfect family holiday, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Autumn is the perfect time to introduce the family to the joys of fishing as large shoals of bream and roach start forming before making their way to quieter rivers and boatyard basins before winter.

Take at look on our website to find a Boat or Riverside Lodge to suit your requirements and check availability.  Or, if you would rather, call our friendly team on 01603 782625 who will be pleased to help.

Had a fantastic holiday and now fancy buying your own boat?

Have you ever returned home after a fantastic boating holiday wishing that you could do it all again the following week / weekend?  Why not look into buying a boat of your own.

At the end of the season we sometimes sell off some of our hire cruisers and these can often be an ideal starter boat for families who have never owned a boat before.  They usually have a single, small diesel engine which is easy to maintain and economical to run, are easy to navigate and have roomy accommodation.  Take a look at our boats for sale on the Norfolk Broads which are sold for us by our sister company Norfolk Boat Sales.

Alpha 31 – ex Barnes Brinkcraft hire

Owning a boat need not be as expensive as you may think – Norfolk Boat Sales have used boats for sale from under £4000 (although admittedly these ones are on the small side!) but take a look at their website for some ideas.  More and more people now are looking at a boat ‘share’ option whereby they buy a boat with members of their family or friends with similar interests.  By doing this you are sharing the initial outlay, the cost of mooring and servicing but also the boat will become a more viable option because it will be used more.

What could be nicer than watching the weather forecast on a Thursday evening, seeing wall to wall sunshine for the weekend and knowing you can throw a bag into the boot of the car and spend the weekend on your own boat, lazing around on the river?

Norfolk Boat Sales have three offices, Wroxham, Brundall and Lowestoft and our staff will be pleased to help you find the boat that best fits your requirements.  They are also quite happy to go through all of the costs involved with owning a boat and help find you somewhere to keep it.

Wroxham Office  01603 781178
Brundall Office   01603 71181
Lowestoft Office  01502 517711

The Norfolk Broads offer a relaxing holiday like no other

Since the time the when railways arrived in Norfolk, the Norfolk Broads have been the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday unlike no other.

The first holiday makers took their holidays on pleasure wherries which were an adaption of the old trading wherry which sailed over the whole lengths of the Broads carrying cargo.
Pleasure wherries were fitted out luxuriously for the enjoyment of Edwardian families – and some even had a grand piano in front of the mast.  Today you won’t find many pianos, but you will find the same genteel atmosphere as you drift along at your own pace, with grassy banks and bird calls adding to the tranquility.

Beautiful and tranquil - the Norfolk Broads

The secret to appreciating this is not to try to see the whole of the Broads a set time, or be too rigid about getting from A to B in a day.  If you can’t get to a town or village, just throw out the mud weight and spend the night in the middle of the Broad, watching the beautiful sunsets, enjoying the huge Norfolk starry night skies and drifting off to sleep to the sound of lapping water.  Waking up on the river is a wonderful experience too – if you’ve never eaten a fried breakfast on the water, you’ve haven’t lived. We guarantee the smell of frying bacon will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Fishing at sunset

And, don’t worry about the kids having nothing to do, they will enjoy the sense of adventure of being isolated and having to fend for themselves. The Broads is a great place for youngsters to learn to fish, it is one of the great angling centres of the country.  Even adults can imagine they’re in Swallow and Amazons territory.

Our boatyard staff live on the Norfolk Broads and know all secrets to an away from it all holiday, so ask them for advice on where to go, locals walks, what to see and where to find a quiet mooring.

The main villages of Wroxham and Horning can be quite busy but just an hour or so on the river and you’re in another world.

We have small cruisers for just two, or larger cruisers for families or group of friends that will sleep up to twelve people.  Take a look at our range of cruisers to find one that would suit your needs or give our experienced booking staff a call who can help ensure that this is one holiday that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

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What’s On in the Norfolk Broads – September ’12

Coming to stay in the next few weeks?  Check out our ideas of what to see and do whilst you are here. 

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd

The Maritime Festival is a riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts.  The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority. The Maritime Festival is one of the biggest events in Great Yarmouth’s annual calendar where we celebrate our maritime heritage and look to our maritime future on historic South Quay on the banks of the River Yare.  Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 1st – Sunday 16th September (last show)

Summer Spectacular & Circus & Water Show – Show times vary, check website for show times and to book tickets – or call 01493 844172

Sunday 9th

Go Wild at Ranworth – Join in at NWT Ranworth Broad to experience our rich wetland wildlife in all its splendour! A family fun day where you can explore and learn all about the wildlife you can see at this time of year.  11.00am – 4.00pm – Free

Monday 10th

Wherry Sailings – Various journey’s mainly starting from Wroxham to How Hill, Ranworth, St Benet’s Abbey or Stalham. Please check website or telephone for more details. Unless specified: one way sailing, return land transport included, hot and cold drinks served, own refreshments welcome. Finish times are approximate. All proceeds support WYC in restoring and sailing the wherries Norada, Olive, Hathor and White Moth.  £35-£40 – Telephone 01692 630674

Wednesday 12th

Music Festival at Great Yarmouth Minster – Cavick String Quartet, 7.30pm start, tickets £5 – see website for details

Friday 14th

Local band ‘One Hand Clapping’ playing at the Thurne Lion P.H at Thurne from 8.30pm

Wednesday 19th

Happisburgh Church Tower Open Day – One of the heighest points in Norfolk, the view from Happisburgh Church Tower is worth the climb to the top of the Thomas Marshall Memorial Staircase.  Open from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, entrance £2 adults &  £1 children

Friday 21st

Local band ‘One Hand Clapping’ playing at The Maltsters P.H, Ranworth from 8.30pm

Saturday 22nd

Music Festival at Great Yarmouth Minster – “Translated by Reeds”. Newly commissioned work of contemporary and traditional songs and words about the land and people along the banks of the rivers Waveney and Blyth commissioned by Waveney and Blyth Arts: 7.30pm start, Tickets £10 (Concessions £8) – see website for more details.

Sunday 23rd Sept

Swallows & Amazons – paddle to TheCanoeMan Woodland Activity Centre where you will be taught the mysterical art of bushcraft, learning to light fires and build shelters. During the lunch break you will have the opportunity to explore the wood, followed in the afternoon by a woodland archery session to discover who amongst your friends is the next Robin Hood.  Sessions start 11am – 3pm  or 3pm – 5pm.

Friday 28th

Hard Rain playing at the Lion Inn, Thurne  8.30pmFrom 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.

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed