Our Customers Holiday Experiences ….

During the winter months we have been busy working on a short film about the Norfolk Broads.  Some of our customers helped in the recording of this, Chris West and his family, Sean Chapman, Louise Morton & Damien Roberts and Mike Griffiths and his friends, if we have missed anyone out, we do apologise but we would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all.  Finally, last week we put it onto You Tube for everyone to see.
The Norfolk Broads as seen by Barnes Brinkcraft – turn up your volume.

From our Facebook page I asked you to send me a short piece about your favourite Norfolk Broads holiday experiences, and yet again our Customers have been fantastic !!  Here are just a few, (more to come).  Please keep sending them in, along with any photographs to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com    Thanks  🙂

A perfect holiday !!   By Claire Wood


Is there such a thing ??  I say yes.

My family and i have been holidaying on the Norfolk Broads for the last 8 years, and I have got to say each one has been amazing. We have had hot sunny ones, cool autumn and a frosty winter break, all magical experiences.  From the wildlife, peaceful rivers to the lovely little villages, its all wonderful.


One of our favourite places to visit is Loddon, on the river Chet.  It’s off the main river very tranquil and relaxing. We visited many great places, too many to mention but the Norfolk Broads Museum at Stalham was very interesting, loads to see! Great Yarmouth also had loads to see and do, and only a bus ride away.  Overall these holiday’s get my vote every year.

The thing that amazes me about the broads is that you can drive by road, from yarmouth down to Lowestoft. Acle. Norwich over to wroxham north walsham, barton turf, stalham, hickling in a matter of hours and you dont feel like you’v gone all that far. But when you jump into a boat and leave the staithe  or mooring etc, you’v gone away from the roads villages building traffic and your somewhere completly different and you can go for hours and days and experience non of that except the odd bridge or two!

The broads is fantastic everyday of the year …  By Tim Rice

When i was young the broads seemed a massive place! And it was only when i was old enough to drive I realised the area it actually covered. For me that’s what made it magical!

Norfolk Broads - beautiful at any time of the year!

The broads is fantastic everyday of the year, always changing in shape and colour, from long rich sunsets to a total white out with snow and ice.  What i enjoy the most its knowing you can take a boat and poodle off down a river in total isolation, listening to the reeds and the gentle sounds of water vowels bobbing around.  Then, throw a mud weight over and do NOTHING! Just sit back, sip on a good drink, chew some good bread and stare into the sky. At the same time knowing your never too far from a pub with a friendly welcome good food and a lovely pint!

Some say avoid the summer and go in the quieter times. With the hassle of fighting for moorings and pubs bursting at the seems this can make sense and the quiet seasons are just as beautiful but you can’t beat the good atmosphere of boats lined up, bbqs on the go and the sound of laughter. It’s great to see so many people enjoying the same pleasure all having had the same great idea!

See you there August 2013!

Boating or Land Based Holidays   By Joanne Pitts

My husband has been visiting the Norfolk broads on boating holidays since he was a small boy in the 1970’s. When we met in the 90’s he tried and tried for 4 years to get me to come on holiday to the Norfolk Broads, but me being a city girl didn’t want to know and no amount of him going on would change my mind.

After 4 years together I eventually gave in and we booked a weeks boating on the Broads, now I’m the first to admit that boats are definately not my thing, but  I said  I’d give it a go. We arrived on a sunny day and collected our boat, as we chugged down the front at Wroxham and Horning I began to appreciate some of the beautiful riverside properties not to mention the pubs and pretty shops.  After our week I admitted it was beautiful but still was convinced boating was not for me.  Next visit we stayed on a house boat which I really enjoyed,  this convinced me to visit more often and from then on we came to the Norfolk Broads at least once a year on holiday, and any free weekends we got were spent in Norfolk.

Messing around on the river

We had our two children and we introduced  them both to Norfolk as babies, both on boating holidays (still not convinced ) and land based holidays with Barnes Brinkcraft (def more my style!) which is the best of both worlds as Graham gets a day boat for the week and on some dates its even included in the holiday price!! Bargain.


Its now 14 years since my first visit to the broads and guess what? In December 2012 we sold our house in West Yorkshire and moved our little family to our new home in Norfolk. We are so happy and contented with our new life we are in the process of setting up our childminding business again, our children are happy in their new school, and life is looking rosy. so who says you cant change a city girl into a country bumpkin! Defiantly not me !

Beautiful Norfolk has a holiday for every age and taste

We may be a bit biased by we honestly think that Norfolk has more to offer than any other area in the UK.
And with the thaw just setting in and icicles dripping from rooftops now is the time to dream of summer holidays, whether slowly meandering from pub to pub on the Broads or visiting Norwich’s Norman castle or Cathedral or simply taking advantage of the miles of footpaths across fields of barley or wheat from village to village.
There are also enormous sandy beaches – if you haven’t spent a day on the sands at Holkham or Wells then you haven’t seen how beautiful an unspoiled a beach can be.
There are also the small coastal villages of Sheringham and Cromer, which grew up in the Victorian days when the railways arrived and became the summer holiday retreats of well-to-do Londoners.
Nowadays they are famous for their crabs and many small shops sell them fresh boiled, delicious and a bargain.
You can often see the boats coming back to the beaches with baskets of crabs and sometimes you can buy them directly from, the fishermen.
And why not try ‘the poor man’s asparagus’ samphire, picked from the sandy estuaries around Blakeney, another local delicacy.
And while we have your taste buds salivating, there are mussel beds at Blakeney and neighbouring Morston. Fresh mussels are also readily available from village shops near the coast.
And what other county can boast the huge Norfolk skies, ever changing, sometimes purple to black as rain threatens, at other times the palest pink down to fiery red as the summer sun sets over fields and seas and rivers.
We may be biased, but you’d be amazed at how much our county has to offer, whether it be the bustle of the city or Great Yarmouth or the tranquillity of hamlets where people still have time to stop and chat.
Not for nothing are we looked on as a Royal county with the Queen’s private house at Sandringham set in acres of parkland some of which is open to the public.
And if you like visiting the best of British stately homes the county has some wonderful buildings, from the better known Blickling Hall, home of Anne Boleyn, to the lesser known histotic Felbrigg Hall.
We think Norfolk has everything. Even locals find hidden corners where time seems to have stood still for centuries.
And we live here!

Winter Update

It’s been a while since our last Blog (sounds like a confession doesn’t it) so here is an update of what has been happening since we started back to work in the New Year.

New ‘Quartets’  Work is continuing on the two new boats we are building, with the first one ‘Quartet 3’ being ready for customers at Easter, and the second one ‘Quartet 4’ ready for the beginning of June.  These boats will both be 5 star, and offer luxurious modern accommodation for four people.  We do still have a few weeks left on these boats for the 2013 season, give our booking office a call on 01603 782625 to check availability or have a look on-line.

2013 Bookings  This year our booking office was open during the Christmas & New Year break for those who wanted to book their summer holiday early for something to look forward to after Christmas.  It won’t be long before Easter when we get our first ‘long weekend’ of the year, so if you are thinking of taking a break on the Broads have a look through our boats to see which one would best suit your needs.  Easter is early this year, but don’t worry our boats have heating to keep you cosy!

Winter Weather  During this last week we have our fair share of the snow, the yard has been looking very pretty but it has been challenging to say the least for the staff who have been working outside in it on the quay heading in the car park. Today, as we write this Blog it is a ‘balmy’ 2 degrees – have a look at our Norfolk Broads webcam to what’s happening here on the Broads.

Offers  At the moment we do have two ‘special offers’ running:-
(i)  Book your holiday by 31st January to get a 5% discount on our brochure prices
(ii) Or, we have three boats which are subject to a £75 discount on weekly bookings or a £35 discount on short breaks during July & August.

Short Film  During the winter months we have been busy working on a short film about the Norfolk Broads.  Some of our customers helped in the recording of this, Chris West and his family, Sean Chapman, Louise Morton & Damien Roberts and Mike Griffiths and his friends, if we have missed anyone out, we do apologise but we would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all.  We hope to be able to show you the finished result by the end of this month 🙂

Welcome Packs  This year we will be providing ‘welcome packs’ for all guests arriving for either a weekly holiday or short break.  Tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits will be ready for on-board your Boat or in the Lodge so that you can enjoy a cuppa before you start unpacking, we want you to start relaxing as soon as you arrive.

Bosuns Locker  You may have already noticed a new ‘button’ on our home page ‘The Bosuns Locker’, this is a new facility that will be ‘up & running’ by mid February.  Keep watching!

Newsletter  Our email newsletter will be sent out later this week – if you are not on our mailing list but would like to be included, please email  kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com and will add your address to our database.  Please note that we do not pass your email address to any third parties.