Customers celebrate 50 years on the Broads

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Norfolk Broads

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine have embarked on their 50th holiday on the Norfolk Broads with a trip onboard one of their favourite cruisers ‘Brinks Omega‘.

As a thank you to the couple for their years of continued loyalty, the Directors have gifted them this year’s holiday with a presentation made on their arrival on Tuesday.

Director, Daniel Thwaites said “we are so pleased that Steve & Christine have chosen to return to us each year for their holiday. They know which boats they like, and will often holiday on the same boat for up to 10 years.  They really are customers turned friends, and we look forward to seeing them return to the yard every summer.’

Steve from Essex, first started holidaying on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager after a relative moved to Lammas, near Buxton.  His first trip to the area was with a friend in a wooden boat which they rented from a boatyard in Horning. Since then he has continued to return year on year, firstly with friends and then with his wife Christine who has been holidaying on the Broads almost as long, since 1974.

Christine & Steve had their honeymoon on the Broads and then continued to take holidays after having their son, enjoying many happy holidays throughout his  childhood and beyond.

Have you had a long love affair with the Norfolk Broads? or have you been coming to Norfolk for as long as Steve or Christine, or even longer?  Did you get engaged or even married on the Broads? We’d love to hear your stories and see your old holiday photographs – please email to

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads with a trip on Brinks Omega from Barnes Brinkcraft

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine with Daniel from Barnes Brinkcraft

Norfolk Day 2018 One Day Flash Sale

Norfolk Day - July 27th 2018 - Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018 – Barnes Brinkcraft 25% Off Flash Sale – Call 01603 782625

Norfolk Day has finally arrived, the day we celebrate all that this beautiful County has to offer.

Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we are very excited to share with you a 25% Off flash sale, this is for all holidays and short breaks booked today and taken before 31st October ’18.  

We are looking forward to sharing with you just how beautiful a Norfolk Broads boating holiday can be.  There is so much to do and see, pretty villages, historic landmarks, wonderful pubs & tearooms, the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth and of course the city of Norwich on the banks of the River Wensum.  How much you choose to do is up to you but there really is something for the whole family.

Please note that this promotion is for telephone bookings only! 01603 782625

  • Blenheim – 4 Berth, super airy & spacious with 2 double cabins and a split sliding sunroof over the saloon
  • Brinks Ultima 1 – 8+4 Berth, a great boat for two familes sharing or groups of friends
  • Brinks Ultima 2 – 11 Berth, a great boat for two familes sharing or groups of friends
  • Brinks Royale – 2+2 Berth, a sporty looking cruiser with a large cockpit area for enjoying the sunshine
  • Brinks Benmore – 4+2 Berth, spacious open plan living area with two double en-suite cabins.
  • Brinks Romany 1 – 6+3 Berth, a very spacious boat with onboard facilities including a generator for 240v electricity & 2 fridges
  • Brinks Romany 2 – 9 Berth, with the helm position in the saloon area this is a great boat for families with young children
  • Brinks Sonata – 2 Berth, sporty looking cruiser with a good sizes cockpit to enjoy the sunshine – best suited to short breaks.
  • Brinks Symphony – 10 Berth with a raised steering position, great for large groups sharing.
  • Royall Stuart – 4+1 Berth, a great boat for 2 couples sharing with a very sociable cockpit area

Please mention the Norfolk Day Promotion when booking  01603 782625

10% Discount For Armed Forces

0% Discount for members of the Armed Forces

10% Discount for members of the Armed Forces

Are you a member of the Armed Forces or a retired Veteran?  If so, we are delighted to be able to offer you a 10% discount on our Boating & Self Catering holiday homes Norfolk Broads holidays.

This discount is not just on our brochure price, it is a 10% discount that is applicable on top of any other offers that we have running at the time.

All we need is for you to call us with your Forces I.D number and this discount will then be applied to your holiday.  If you are viewing holidays online outside of normal office hours, you can book on the website and then either call or email us with your I.D number which can then added along with the extra discount.

Call 01603 782625 or Email 

Boating Holidays – Why not consider hiring one of our larger boats (for up to 12 people) such as Brinks Ultima, Brinks Emperor or Brinks Symphony – all ideal for groups of friends sharing and of course you all share the cost and the chance to be Captain!

Self Catering Holiday Homes – Our holidays homes are all waterside, have beautiful views and lovely gardens or balconies.  From two bedroom to five bedroom, they are modern and spacious, the perfect place to relax, unwind and maybe do some fishing.  Each property can enjoy the benefit of a Day Boat (except during school holidays), so you can get out and about exploring the waterways and visiting local towns & villages.




World Cup 2018 – Where to watch on the Broads

World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018

So, the World Cup 2018 Tournament has kicked off, and football is at fever pitch. 

With a full month of fixtures between June 14th and July 15th 2018, we know there will be lots of people that won’t want to miss the matches during their holiday

We have listed below some of the places that you can watch the football over the next month – and course if sport is not your ‘thing’ we have listed alternative pubs & restaurants you may wish to visit in the same town/village.

Acle Bridge Inn – showing games in their Riverside Room.
Pedro’s Restaurant – not showing football

The Kings Head, Wetherspoons – showing all England matches
The Wine Vaults Bar & Restaurant – not showing football

The Beauchamp Arms – sorry unable to contact to confirm showings of the World Cup 2018

Burgh Castle
The Fishermans Inn – not showing football

Burgh St Peter (Waveney River Centre)
The Waveney Inn – showing games during opening hours, please check

The Waters Edge Restaurant (Woods End) showing most matches, please check

The Ram Inn – showing England matches only
The Yare – showing games during opening hours, please check 

The Reedcutters P.H – showing all matches

The Rising Sun – showing games during opening hours
The Recruiting Sergeant – not showing football
The Red Lion – showing football on special screens, outside Bar & BBQ

Cross Keys P.H – showing football on two screens 

The Locks Inn – not showing football

Great Yarmouth
The Troll Cart (JD Wetherspoon) – showing all football matches (10 minute walk from yacht station)
The Suspension Bridge P.H – not showing football

The Greyhound P.H – showing games during opening hours
Pleasure Boat Inn – showing games during opening hours

The Ferry Inn – showing some matches, please check
The New Inn – showing all matches on two screens – 1 inside, 1 out
Pedro’s Restaurant – not showing football

The Nelsons Head P.H – not showing football

Kings Head – showing all football matches
The Swan – showing all football matches 
Rosy Lee’s Tea Room – now showing football

The Kings Arms (Womack Water) – showing all football matches
The Dog Inn (Ludham Bridge) – not showing football

The White Horse Inn – sorry unable to confirm

The Steam Packet (10 min walk from Yacht Station) – showing football
The Compleat Angler – showing all football matches
Prezzo (Riverside Road) – not showing football

Oulton Broad
The Commodore P.H – showing all football matches
The Waveney – showing all football matches 
The Wherry Hotel – not showing football

Potter Heigham
The Falgate Inn – showing all football matches
BridgeStones Tea Rooms  – not showing football

The Granary Tea Rooms – not showing football
The Malsters – showing football matches

The Ship Inn -showing all football matches
The Lord Nelson – showing all football matches
Reedham Ferry Inn – showing England matches only

Rockland St Mary
The New Inn – showing all football matches

Fur & Feather (Woodbastwick) – showing England matches only
The Bell Inn – sorry unable to confirm

The Dukes Head – showing England matches only

South Walsham
The Ship Inn – not showing football

St Olaves
The Bell Inn – showing most games, please check
Priory Farm Restaurant – not showing football

The Mermaids Purse Restaurant – not showing football
The White Swan P.H – showing all matches

The Ferry Inn – showing football matches
Riverside Tea Rooms – not showing football

The Ferry P. H – showing most matches, please check
Coldham Hall Tavern – showing all matches

Sutton Staithe
Sutton Staithe Hotel – showing England games on big screens in the function room, all other games in the bar.  The restaurant is a ‘football free zone’ for those who do not want to be involved.

Thorpe (Norwich)
The Buck on the Green – showing football matches 
The Rushcutters – not showing football

The Lion Inn – showing all matches in the bar area

The Kings Head Hotel – showing football matches
Hotel Wroxham -showing football matches in bar area
The Bridge Restaurant – not showing football
The Watershed – showing all England games & most others, please check

Please note that there may be other places showing the World Cup 2018, our list is just a guide.

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018

Norfolk’s inaugural Norfolk Day will take place on Friday 27th July, with it’s aim to be a day where we celebrate all that we love about our county.

Norfolk Day - July 27th 2018 - Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018 – Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Orgnaised by local newspaper the Eastern Daily Press – Archant, there will be a host of special offers, events, things to do and places to be in Norfolk and Norwich on Friday 27th July.

We be having our own promotion on that day, so please watch this page and our ‘Offers’ page for details which will not be available until the day!

A list of events that have been planned so far can be viewed on the website of the Eastern Daily Press, with more being added daily.  We’ll also keep you updated on our Blog & Facebook page

Ranworth Staithe on the Norfolk Broads - Norfolk Day 27th July 2018

Ranworth Staithe on the Norfolk Broads – Norfolk Day 27th July 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

barneshead3.pngWelcome to our Spring Newsletter, our first of the 2018 season.

We’ve had a busy winter building another four of our Brinks Serenades, along with an extensive maintenance programme for the rest of the fleet, the self catering properties & the day boats.

Work has almost finished on Riverside Marina where we have installed new pontoons with water and electricity, and we now have additional car parking which will provide much needed space on busy turnaround days and for boats looking to visit Wroxham during the week.

The first week of the season coincided with the ‘Beast from the East’ making an appearance, but we still had some customers eager to get out and enjoy their time on the Broads.  Thank you to Dave B who provided this photograph from his recent holiday.

Photo from customer Dave B

Photo from customer Dave B

During the winter months we have been making some improvements to our website (more of that below) but one of the features we have now added is ‘Customer Reviews’ to all of our Boats & Holiday Homes.  These are honest reviews which we hope will help you when making a decision prior to your booking.

Easter is early this year, just two weeks away but there is still time to book a cruiser or one of our self catering holiday homes to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend or the school holidays – we do have a couple of ‘Offers’ on during this period.

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet


Last autumn we acquired the ex Alphacraft boats from Brundall.  Some of these boats are now incorporated into our fleet and others we are selling via our sister company ‘Norfolk Boat Sales’.
If you fancy owning your own boat, take a look at their website to see if there is anything you fancy!


2018 LOGODates for your diary!

Saturday 5th May – Horning Boat Show – The village bi-annual boat show where you can view boats on the water and also on the land.  A whole host of stalls & stands will keep you busy and there is entertainment throughout the day.   10.00 – 17.00

Saturday 19th May – Brundall Boat Show – Hosted by Norfolk Boat Sales & Norfolk Yacht Agency on the marinas at Riverside Road in Brundall.  There will be over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, and plenty of the local marine businesses exhibiting with everything you could possibly need for this coming boating season, along with delicious food & drink and entertainment throughout the day.  A water taxi will transport you free of charge between the two sites.  09.00 – 17.00

SpringSpecial Offers

We currently have several ‘Offers’ on our website, for example:-


  •     Save 15% on self catering breaks in April & May
  •     An ‘early season saver’ on selected boats in April & May ’18
  •     Book your 2019 holiday at 2018 prices & get an early booking discount of 5%  too

Please visit the website for full details of these & other offers & late availability – remember if you have holidayed with us before & rebook direct you will also receive one of our delicious ‘Loyalty Hampers’

Plan Your Holiday

During the winter months we have been going through the feedback forms that our customers have returned to us after their holidays, and the most repeated request was to have more information about planning their holiday before they arrive.

With this in mind, we have added a new ‘tab’ to our website menu to help you with planning your holiday before you arrive.

In previous years we added an interactive map which is still available to use and which we are constantly adding to and updating.  In addition to this we have also added a ‘distance calculator’ to help you work out how long your trips will take, a suggested route for both a short break and weekly holiday.  We hope that you will find these ‘tools’ useful.

New Data Protection Rules (GDPR)

On the 25th of May this year new rules come into effect which will change the way we are allowed to contact you.

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Brundall Boat Show – May 19th 2018


The Brundall Boat Show will be held again this year on May 19th, from 10.00am – 5.00pm

The show will held across the 3 largest marinas in Brundall, Norfolk Boat Sales, Norfolk Yacht Agency and Broom Boats.  You can expect to see over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, the show affords a unique opportunity to compare many different types of craft.

Alongside boats on the water, some of the local marine businesses will also be represented alongside other boating focused exhibitors. There will be key events scheduled throughout the day across the three main marinas, alongside food and entertainment.

A full list of exhibitors will be published shortly – please watch our news page or Facebook for more information.

If you would like to exhibit at this event, please contact Kerry on 07801 589627 or email for more information.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times – 2017







Christmas Jumper Day – 15th December ’17

xmas juThis year we are taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December to raise money for Save The Children.

The team at Barnes will be wearing their Christmas woollies and we’d love you to take part too!

We are asking if you would make a donation via our fund raising page and then post your Christmas Jumper photo on our Facebook page – at the end of the day we will pick a winning jumper and the person wearing it will receive a voucher for £50 off their next holiday with us.

Our target is £100 – we really hope you will help us hit it!  target-image

Autumn 2017 Newsletter


Here we are at the end of another season which seems to have  passed in a flash, no time at all since we were preparing the fleet for Easter.

It’s been a busy season, with four new Elite boats being added to the fleet, 2 of the 28’6 Brinks Encores and 2 of the 39′ Brinks Serenades and of course the 9 additional boats we bought from Royalls boatyard. In September we added 3 new self catering properties ‘The River Views‘, which are situated in our marina opposite the boatyard and ideal if you want a really quiet holiday.

In the Spring we bought neighbouring ‘Riverside Marina’ which was looking very run down and neglected.  During the summer we have invested considerable time and money installing new quay heading and pontoons, water, electricity and additional car parking. Improving the marina will provide extra space for our growing fleet and provide
some much needed additional moorings for private boats too.

If you would like information on our private moorings in Wroxham, please contact Kerry who will be happy to help.

In September we said ‘goodbye’ to Margaret our Office Manager who had worked in the office for many years, she has now retired and is looking forward to spending time in her caravan on the coast – we all wish her a Happy Retirement.

SheilaSheila Scott who was our Senior Administrator has   now   taken the position on Office Manager, working   with   Karen who many of you will already know and our new bookings assistant Donna.





SaraWe are also joined by Sara who has taken on the   role of   Customer Services Manager.  Sara has a wealth of experience in the hire boat industry previously working at  Blakes Boating.  Sara takes   a keen interest in customers holiday experiences &
is your point of contact if you have any suggestions on how we can improve your Norfolk Broads holiday.

To meet the rest of our team – please visit the website

Self Catering Winter Breaks

New exteriorWe are offering a 15% discount on all self catering holidays taken from now until the 21st December ’17.

Why not come to Wroxham to do your Christmas shopping at Roys – everything you need in one place with no hassle parking!

You could do a spot of fishing, the Pike are biting with fishermen reporting some good catches already this year.  All of our properties have direct access to the river, so you can fish without having to go anywhere.

Or of course you could choose to do absolutely nothing, just relax and put your feet up and enjoy the Norfolk Broads during the quietest time.

All of our properties are available for weekly or short breaks and a Day Boat included in the cost of your booking for the duration of your stay.

Christmas & New Year On The Norfolk Broads

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

Are you thinking of doing something different this year for Christmas or  New Year?

When you book your seasonal self catering break with us, we will have a delicious Hamper of locally sourced food & treats, a bottle of Bubbly and decorated Christmas Tree ready for you on arrival.

We have properties for families and groups of all sizes, from cosy 2 bed to our interlinking Daisy Broad Lodges which will sleep up to 20 people in total.

Included in the price of your holiday or short break is a FREE DAY BOAT for the duration of your stay!

2018 Brochure

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in this years photography competition, we had some beautiful entries and it was so hard to choose but we had to, and the winning entries can be seen in our new 2018 brochure.  The winners all received vouchers for £150 to put towards their next holiday – we look forward to seeing you again soon.

You can view all entries in this years photography competition in our Online Customer Album.

To request a copy of next years brochure, either give us a call on 01603 782625 or complete our online form – either way, we’ll soon have one on it’s way to you.

2018 Offers On Norfolk Broads Boating & Self Catering Holidays   

offersSave 5% on our brochure price for all 2018 bookings made before 28th February ’18.

Save 20% On Midweek Short Breaks On Boating Holidays. Book a midweek break and get a 20% discount on breaks from from 16th April until 22nd May 2018.

2 Week Holiday – ‘Super Saver’ – Book a 2 week holiday and save 15% on the lowest priced week.  Applies to both boating holidays & self catering.

For holidays booked and paid for direct on our website, you will enjoy an additional £10 discount over telephone bookings.

Customer Loyalty Scheme

Customer Loyalty Hampers

Customer Loyalty Hampers

Our Customer Loyalty Scheme is really popular with our returning guests.  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 Tavern Tasty.  This will be delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

When booking, if you have moved house or your previous booking was with family and friends under a different name, please advise us so that we can make sure you get the Hamper you are entitled to on arrival.


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 or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

And Finally …….

A few weeks ago we purchased the ex Alpha Craft fleet from Brundall.  If you are interested in purchasing an ex-hire boat, please take a look at our sister company website Norfolk Boat Sales.

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