What’s On – Norfolk Broad Easter Holidays

If you are coming to the Norfolk Broads during this Easter holidays, we have put together a whole host of ideas to keep everyone entertained – and yes, we have included some indoor warm ideas just in-case the weather is not so kind!!

Good Friday, 29th March

Easter Egg Trail @ Fairhaven Water Garden from 11am to 4pm.  Follow the ‘Guess Who?’ Easter Trail through our garden to the glade. There is an eggy prize at the end!
Face painting and Easter crafts for children.  Normal garden entry prices apply £2 extra per child for Easter egg trail. (Every child gets an egg.)

Boggle Bow Tie & Bonnet Bounce Off @ BeWILDerwood  Friday 29th March – Friday 12th April.  Join in our bonkers Bow Tie & Bonnet Bouncing this Easter where you’re invited to decorate your own Easter bow tie or bonnet (the barmier the better!) When you’ve finished your craftiness, weave your way through our Wobbly Route. There will be a yummy prize awarded for all the bouncy Boggles and Twiggles who take part.

The Croods, rated U @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth.  Showing at 5.30pm and 7.45pm.  The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

Easter Saturday

Arts & Crafts Fayre @ St Benets Hall, Horning.  Local artists creating designs in glass, artwork,prints,and water colours, and creations in wood , clocks, lidded bowls, jewellery and unique gifts All tastes and prices. A small event were you can meet the people who make and craft all the items being sold.

Identity Thief rated 15 @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth. Showing at 3.20pm, 5.45pm and 8.15pm. When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief — a trip that puts him in the path of a deceptively harmless-looking woman.

Greyhound Racing @ Great Yarmouth Stadium from 7.30pm.  Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening. Regular televised races. 240 cover trackview restaurant, diner, 4 licensed bars, small children’s play area, fast food cafeteria, grandstands and seating.
The evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  Admission £7.00 adults, children under 16 free

Easter Sunday

Dawn Service @ St Peters Church, Clippesby at 6.00am – everyone welcome
Holy Communion @ St Mary’s Church, Martham at 10.30am – everyone welcome

Easter Eggspress @ Bure Valley Railway, Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April.  Free Easter Egg for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult).  Trains depart Aylsham 10.00, 11:30, 12:40, 14:20 and 15.30; Wroxham 11.10, 12:40, 14.00, 15:30 and 16:40.

Stock Car Racing @ Great Yarmouth Stadium from 5.30pm.  Come and enjoy the thrill of motor racing at Great Yarmouth Stadium, in conjunction with Spedeworth International Motor Racing.  We have three Raceview Bars, a Raceview Diner serving the best in bar food, a ground floor snack bar & amusement area, plus a fourth separate licensed bar so you can be sure to enjoy the racing while relaxing in a great atmosphere.

Bank Holiday Monday

Horse Racing, Easter Family Fun Day @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse.  Join us for a fantastic time at the races and maybe go home a few pounds richer! Great Yarmouth offers a relaxed atmosphere and is welcoming to all with plenty of facilites, including a new grandstand, a childrens playground and expansive family lawns.  This is our first meeting for 2013 and there is plenty of additional entertainment for the children including competitions, donkey rides and inflatables.  Don’t forget that all children Under 18 enjoy free admission to all fixtures.  Grandstand and Paddock £16 (£12 when booked online)
Premier £23 (£19 when booked online

Wreck-It Ralph rated PG @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth.  Showing at 1.10pm . Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

Wednesday 3rd April

Guided Walk, South Quay & The Fishermans Hospita – Great Yarmouth.  Once described as the finest quay in all of Europe, learn more about the stunning architecture present on South Quay opposite the bustling river port of Great Yarmouth.  Join in one of our Holiday Special South Quay & St George’s Guided Walks at 2pm on Wednesday 3 April and Wednesday 31 July 2013 and you can find out about Yarmouth’s witches and the oldest gaol in the country, discover the newly refurbished St George’s Theatre and visit Greyfriars Cloisters. Walk includes refreshments int he Great Yarmouth Row Houses.  Meet at the Fishermen’s Hospital gates at the northern end of the market at 2.00pm .  Length of walk: 1.5-2 hours.  Price  £6.50 adults, £4.50 children (7-16), Under 7’s free.  Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346 or by calling into Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre on Marine Parade.

Friday 5th April

Dip Dyke Dabbling @ Hickling Broad  Come and learn about the wonderful wildlife that can be found in the dykes around Hickling – drop in and have a dip at the custom built dipping platform. The experts will be on hand to help you tell your boatman from your beetle larvae.  1.30pm-3.30pm  Cost: £1.50 child, accompanying adults free

Sunday 7th April

American & Classic Car Display at Anchor Plaza,  the Seafront, Great YarmouthJoin the East Coast Pirates Car Club throughout the summer at the Anchor Plaza to enjoy some of the finest classic vehicles ever to be produced by Uncle Sam. Visitors to the show can expect to see classic Hot Rod’s, Harley Davidson bikes and trikes along with many other all American classics.  Perfect for enthusiasts and just for fun!  Free entry!

Swimming Pools

The Marina Centre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 851521
Riverside Leisure Centre, Norwich 01603 625166
Splash, Sheringham, 01263 825675


Odeon, Riverside Norwich, 0871 224 4007
Cinema City, Norwich 0871 902 5724
Vue, Castle Meadow, Norwich 0871 224 0240

Regent Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 856830
Wellington Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 845947
Hollywood Bowl, Riverside Norwich, 0844 826 1466

Theatre Royal, Norwich 01603 630000
Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 629921
The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich 01603 620917
Norwich Playhouse 01603 612580

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

March Newsletter


In just over a week the new season will be well underway, it doesn’t seem
5 minutes since Christmas yet here we are already getting ready for Easter.

During the winter we have been busy working on the yard, replacing the
quay heading and raising the car park, decorating in the Houses and
getting all the fleet boats generally spic and span ready for the year ahead.
It’s been quite challenging this year with the snow and high tides, but we
are ready and looking forward to the summer.

Easter Availability

We do still have limited availability for the Easter holidays, take a look at
our ‘Offers‘ page where you will find 15% discount on our Self Catering
properties for week commencing 6th April and 30% discount on our
remaining Cruisers going out on either Good Friday or Easter Saturday.

Welcome Aboard! 

This year when you arrive at Barnes there will be a ‘welcome pack’ on-board
your boat or waiting for you in your holiday property so that you can enjoy a
cuppa and a biscuit before you start unloading and unpacking.  We want you
to start relaxing and enjoy your holiday from the moment you arrive.

Bosuns Locker

Have you taken a look inside our ‘Bosuns Locker‘?  With the help of local
suppliers we have put together some delicious treats which can be delivered
free of charge to the boatyard prior to your arrival.  Hampers full of locally
sourced foods, carefully selected wines and celebration items including mouth
watering Sponge cakes from our friends at ‘Sponge’ who are offering Barnes
Brinkcraft customers 10% discount on orders.

Something to Celebrate?

Is your holiday with us part of a celebration, a special birthday maybe, hen or
stag party or perhaps a honeymoon?  Let us know when you book and we will
have a bottle of bubbly waiting for you when you arrive to help get your
celebration started.  If it’s a surprise you’re after and need some help planning,
give Mags in our booking office a call 01603 782625 – she will be happy to help.

Day Boat & Canoe Hire

Our day boat office will be fully open again from Easter, you can enjoy a quiet
2 hour early morning cruise from 8.30am-10.30am or early evening cruise
6pm-8pm for just £20.  Local business ‘Bouchon’ can put together a delicious
picnic for you from their deli, even providing the wine if you like – just give them
a call on 01603 784990.

Share Your Holiday Photos

We love to see your holiday photographs, if you’ve had a great time and would
like to share your pictures with us, email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com
or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

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Waterside Properties – Easter Holiday Availability

Easter is fast approaching and we are all ready for the long weekend and Half Term Holiday.  If it is just a bit too chilly for you to get out on a boat, have a look at our lovely Norfolk Broads waterside properties – we do still have limited availability.

  • Heron – 2nd April – 4 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801
  • Waterside – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 – £801
  • Spinnaker – 6th April – 7 nights – sleeps 8 – £1,059
  • Coot – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801
  • Grebe – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801

Don’t forget that you will also have the use of a Day Boat for the duration of your stay – FREE OF CHARGE!

Broads holidays can’t get better than a week afloat on the stylish Concerto

With the worst of the winter behind us (hopefully!) now’s the time to think about the summer holidays.  If you’re think of coming with family and friends, the Brinks Concerto will have to be on your shortlist.

Barnes Concerto

Barnes Concerto

This is a really comfortable cruiser which sleeps four to six people in great comfort and style.  It is a boat designed to be easy to handle so perfect for novices and experienced helmsmen alike, and is equipped with all the facilities you’d expect in your own home.  For instance there is a colour TV, CD/Radio, warm air heating, fridge and cooker. There are two double beds both with en-suite showers and toilets, and the centrally located sitting area converts very quickly to a third double.   All bed linen is included as are life jackets for everyone on board.

Inside steering on the Concerto

Inside steering on the Concerto

Dual steering positions mean you can sit on or out depending on the weather, there are bow thrusters to help you moor, and an electric anchor winch to save you pulling on ropes if you want to stop for a while in the middle of one of the Broads.

As with all of our Cruisers, don’t worry if you’re a novice to boating, one of our experts will give you full tuition with a short trip up the river to make sure you are comfortable with boat handling before you set off on you own.

Concerto class cruisers can be hired from £865 a week out of the peak season. In high season they cost £1539 for the week. Shorter breaks are also available.
See our site for a selection of holiday boats available from our Wroxham base, in the heart of the Broads.

Hear more about what our Customers say ….

The Norfolk Broads are a wonderful place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it, hear what our customers have to say!

Fiona Bulloch: What’s there not to love about the Broads, scenery is fabulous, moving from place to place at your own pace and a very relaxing holiday.

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Anita Jane Muscroft: What’s not to love about the Norfolk Broads, its a place of peace and tranquility, a place you daydream about, when you are home and back amongst the ‘ratrace’. The ability to move from location to location at your own pace, which is a world away from the humdrum working life. And the calming lapping of the water against the Boat. We will return ASAP. :-)))

Carol Gray:  “Beyond the Wild Wood comes the wild world,”said the Rat.”And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or to me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going’ nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.  Just change Wild Wood to Broads ……

Carol Gray: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.  When I’m on the Broads – that’s me!

'Stanley' - taken by Simon Truman

Alex Rotherz: There is only 1 word – Heaven.

Yvonne Rimmer: The Broads offer peace, tranquility and being able to potter along at no more than 6 mph for a week. Beautiful scenery along with being able to have quality family time. My youngest son’s favourite is looking out for baby ducks, coots, swans etc…


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Try these cruisers for a perfect Easter holiday on the Broads

Easter isn’t far away and now’s the time to book a family holiday for the holiday from our huge selection of luxurious Broads cruisers, and with 15% off on all bookings now is a great time to book your week or short break.

For a family of four the Brinks Royal is an ideal cruiser, access is very easy from the stern and this sitting area adjacent to the cockpit makes a great place to watch the world glide by.  It is very easy to steer as there is a bow thruster fitted which makes mooring a piece of cake, warm air heating means you won’t be cold in the evenings and there is a fully equipped galley.

Brinks Harmony

Holiday fun: Brinks Harmony

For larger familes, then the Brinks Harmony could be what you’re looking for.
This sleeps eight or nine people and has three showers and three toilets, there is a raised saloon and which has a sliding canopy giving easy access.  Again, steering and mooring are simple thanks to the bow thrusters and therev is even an electric anchor winch should you want to moor in the middle of one of the Broads.  There is a fully equipped galley and warm air heating in case it gets chilly.

If you would like more information or for advice before booking, please call our booking office on 01603 782625, we are happy to help.