Tim & Pru on the Norfolk Broads

Great Canal Journeys – well, not quite a canal journey but Tim & Pru explore the waterways of the Norfolk Broads, discovering the area’s unique way of life, its ruins, fens, marshes and woodlands.

tim and pru

Tim & Pru explore the Norfolk Broads

Click Here to watch the Channel 4 programme which is centered around the northern Broads and Breydon Water at Great Yarmouth.

Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies

We are looking people to join our team at Barnes Brinkcraft in Wroxham.  Applicants should be interested in boats, fit and active, reliable, prepared to work weekends and like working with the public.

Boatyard Operative
Duties will include washing boats, ‘trial runs’, and attending to boat yard services.  This is a full time, permanent position with immediate start.

For more information please email daniel@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Working in the front office, duties will include checking in Customers as they arrive for their holidays, taking telephone bookings, and general administration.  This is a part time seasonal job with immediate start.

For more information please email margaret@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Cleaners & Linen Staff
We require staff to join our friendly Housekeeping team, cleaning both our fleet of hire Cruisers and self catering Lodges & Apartments.  Experience not necessary as training will be given.  This is a seasonal job with immediate start.

For more information please contact Sharon on 07867 980137 

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales sponsor young Kart star

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales are pleased to be sponsoring up and coming young Kart star Liam Hurrell.

Liam, at the age of 12 has now moved onto Junior TKM National Super One series. After three years in Honda Cadet achieving double Club Champion last year, he now wants to raise the bar and push for success at the top level of Karting.

See our Facebook page for updates.

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Day Boats re-opening for Mothers Day, Sunday 26th March

Our Day Boat site is re-opening on Sunday 26th March just in time for Mothers Day.

Treat your mum to a relaxing day out on the Norfolk Broads with a picnic or lunch at one of the lovely riverside Pubs – we’ll even help towards the cost of your day out with a money saving voucher (download here)

Booking is recommended as this is always a busy day!   01603 782625



Job Vacancy – Boat Yard Operative

Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy, Boat yard operative, Barnes Brinkcraft, Wroxham, Norfolk Broads

We are looking people to join our team in the Boatyard at Wroxham.  Applicants should be interested in boats, fit and active, reliable, prepared to work weekends and like working with the public.

Duties will include washing boats, ‘trial runs’, and attending to boat yard services.

This is a full time, permanent position with immediate start.  For more information please email daniel@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

February 2017 Newsletter

barnesheadFebruary Half Term Offers

We have some great offers on our self catering accommodation over the February half term week, with 3 or 4 night short breaks from just £404 or a week from just £560.  Each property has the use of a Dayboat free of charge for the duration of your stay, and remember if you have booked with us before you will receive a delicious Hamper full of locally produced treats!

We can be flexible with start days, just get in touch with our friendly booking office team and they will be pleased to help – you can call on 01603 782625, email or contact us via our new ‘online chat’

whats onThere’s lots going on in the area during half term, take a look at our Blog for some ideas on how to keep the whole family happy.



New Boats – Brinks Serenade & Brinks Encore

Brinks Serenade is one of our our new cruisers for the 2017 season.  39′ Long, with 4+2 berths, modern & stylish lines combined with a very comfortable interior and the the latest technology, we are sure this boat will be prove to be very popular with families and couples alike.

Brinks Encore is a smaller 28′ cruiser with 2+2 berths, a classic design single level cruiser wth a light, modern interior.  Forward drive, twin sliding sunroof, wide side decks and easy access from the bow and stern make this boat extremely easy to handle and ideal for couples or first timers on
the water.

Both boats are now available to book via our website.

Barnes Brinkcraft now incorporating Royalls Boatyard

During January, we were pleased to announce that we had bought neighbouring boatyard ‘Royalls’ after the retirement of Nigel & Sara Royall at the end of last season.  The nine cruisers will be incorporated into our fleet and we are pleased to be honouring all holidays that have been pre-booked by Royalls.

If you were a Royalls customer previously and have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

We all wish Nigel & Sara a happy retirement which I am sure you will agree is well earnt after more than 50 years providing holidays on the Norfolk Broads.

Read our full press release here

2017 Offers On Norfolk Broads Boating & Self Catering Holidays 

  • Save 5% on our brochure price for 2016 bookings made before 29th February ’17.
  • Save 20% On Midweek Short Breaks On Boating Holidays
  •   Book a midweek break and get a 20% discount on breaks from from 11th April until  24th May 2017.
  • 2 Week Boating Holiday – ‘Super Saver’ – Book a 2 week holiday and save 15% on the lowest priced week.
  • For holidays booked and paid for direct on our website, you will enjoy an additional £10 discount over telephone bookings.

Special-OfferPlease see our ‘Offers’ page on the website for all currents offers & late availability.





Customer Loyalty Scheme

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.

Customer Loyalty Hampers

Customer Loyalty Hampers

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 kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

What’s On February Half Term

Saturday 11th February

BeWILDerwood ‘ Boggle Wish Bonfire’ from Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th February 10.30 – 17.30
A huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food!

Circus Fantasia @ Great Yarmouth Stadium  from Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th February – Shows at 14.00 7 17.00
Come and relax in our theatre style big top and enjoy a live 2 hour show suitable for all the family. It doesn’t matter if you are 2 or 92, you are sure to have an excellent time inside the Circus Fantasia big top.

Greyhound Racing @ Great Yarmouth Stadium 19.30
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.  From a great value general admission to the fantastic luxury of our executive lounges, you are sure to have a great evening lined up.

Sunday 12th February

Norwich Antiques & Collectors Fair @ Holiday Inn, Norwich  09.00 – 17.30
Traditional collectables – such as china, silver, figurines and glassware, others are displayed alongside, some small items of furniture, rugs, lamps, paintings, tools, coins, military, kitchenware, fine ceramics, watches, silver, glassware and vintage fashion and accessories.

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio @ The Puppet Theatre, Norwich  15.30
One of the best loved classics for children comes to life, literally.  Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie.  Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy. Come and join him on his incredible journey, you’ll have awhale of a time!

Norfolk Broads Landscape Photography Workshop – Limited availability (see website for details)  Full day
The Norfolk Broads photography workshop is aimed at all levels including complete beginners.  On this Norfolk Broads landscape photography workshop we will be concentrating on photographing at least two or three different mills, some maybe complete and some maybe derelict. Wind pumps are not the only thing worth shooting on the Broads, we will also look at taking images of local landmarks such as the ruined St Benet’s Abbey along with the opportunity to photography traditional sailing boats such as those from the Historic Hunters Fleet or if we are lucky a traditional Norfolk Wherry. The reed beds and intricate network of rivers and dykes also offer plenty of potential.

Monday 13th February

Teddy Bear Express @ Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham  Departures  11.10  12.40  14.00  15.30  &  16.40
All aboard the Teddy Bear Express this February Half-Term. Trains will operate from both Aylsham and Wroxham Stations each day. A children’s quiz to see how many teddy bears can be spotted on the train journey, colouring activities, a teddy tombola at Buffer Stop Books and a decorated Whilstlestop Café add to this teddy bear themed event. 

The Elusive Jack Valentine @ Tide & Time Museum in Great Yarmouth  10.00 – 16.00
Find out about the Norfolk legend of Jack Valentine, make your loved ones a card to celebrate and enjoy a treat along the way.

Thriller Live @ Theatre Royal, Norwich  19.30
Direct from London’s West End, THRILLER LIVE takes you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion.

Tuesday 14th February

Half Term Fun at the Museum of Norwich @ The Bridewell Museum, Norwich  11.00 – 16.00
Get creative with torn textiles. Have a go at using ripped rags to make your own little rag rug. All crafts included in admission price.

Signs of Spring week at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham  10.00 – 16.00
Family event, it’s (nearly) Spring! Celebrate with us by looking out for signs of Spring in our woodland garden.

Swoon & Croon at the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston  19.30    Booking essential
With the sounds of Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and much more!
£33.95 per person – Includes three course meal, glass of bubbly, entertainment & after party disco.

Wednesday 15th February

A Mermaids Tale @ St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth   13.00
Real Mermaid’s Tale – is an engaging family show that is an adventure, a mystery and visual treat. An original and compelling story carries the show along with one performer, a crew of puppet rats, some magical maps and an underwater shadow sequence set to a specially commissioned musical score by Chris Ashton.  Suitable for Families with Children over 3 years old.

Junior Farm @ Wroxham Barns, Hoveton   11.30  13.30  15.30
Our hugely popular Junior Farm has many daily activities – feeding the rabbits, grooming the ponies, bottle feeding the spring lambs and collecting your own eggs from our henhouses. We have a School Room for school groups and Birthday parties.  Wroxham Barns will start lamb bottle-feeding on the weekend of 11th February 2017 in time for half-term holidays.

Acoustic & Open Mic @ The Brickmakers P.H in Norwich, NR3 4DY   20.00
Come and join us for our Acoustic Open Mic night… Whether it’s Guitar / Piano or just your voice come along and have a go… We will record and video the gig and give you a copy of both before you leave. All free of charge!! Free Entry

Thursday 16th February

Talking Textiles: Brief Encounter @ Norwich Study Centre   11.00
Corsets, crinolines, and combinations: discover the fascinating history of underwear through the centuries and explore the relationship between dress, the shaping of the body to fashionable ideals, and personal garments in our wardrobe.  Booking essential

Slam Night @ The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich  18.30
SLAM is jam-packed with young local artists with all sorts of great talent ranging from singer-songwriters to dancers. From the SLAM producers that make the event happen, to the local 12-21 year olds that perform, SLAM is run for young people by young people –  where the audience become the stars! Whether you are a comedian, singer, or dancer, come and be in SLAM!  If you are interested in getting involved, please email us on youth.forum@thegarage.org.uk   Age: 12-21

Jo Caulfield – The Customer Is Always Wrong  @ The Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich  20.00
Award-winning Stand-Up comedian Jo Caulfield takes a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them. Sharp, witty and insightful, Jo will make you think as much as she makes you laugh.  As seen on The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.

Friday 17th February

Thorpe Marshes Guided Walks @ NWT Thorpe Marshes, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich  10.00
Explore NWT Thorpe Marshes, in the Norfolk Broads, yet on the edge of Norwich in Thorpe St Andrew. It’s a charming mix of grazed and un-grazed marshes, ditches and the open water of St Andrew’s Broad. Join local naturalist, Chris Durdin, for a meander at Thorpe Marshes and discover the reserve’s wildlife. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Wellies are recommended.

Cirque Du Hilarious – Comedy Explosion @ The Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth  14.30 & 18.30
Hilarious by nature. The UK’s No 1 Circus of Laughter at the Hippodrome Great Yarmouth, Cirque Du Hilarious Presents ‘COMEDY EXPLOSION’ starring Clive Webb & Danny Adams “The Superstars of Slapstick.”

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Movie (sing-a-long) @ St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth  14.30
Come along for some half term fun and watch this classic Disney movie on our giant cinema screen. With all the words on the screen, its easy to sing-a-long to the classic songs including ‘Circle of Life’ & ‘I Just can’t wait to be King’.

Saturday 18th February

Star Night at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham   19.00
Telescopes, talks and teas all evening with the friendly astronomers from Norwich Astronomical Society. Please feel welcome to bring your own telescope if you have one. Wrap up warm. No torches please – it destroys your night vision.

Beetle Drive @ Repps Village Hall, Repps with Bastwick  19.00 – 19.30 start
Join us  and help us raise funds to keep our museum and collection running. £5 per person includes a ploughman’s lunch at half time. There will be a raffle and all proceeds are going to the restoration of the windpumps.

Live Music from Trio @ The New Inn, Horning  21.00
Pop band singing ‘covers’ from 70s to present. Songs from Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Shaun Colvin, ELO, Stevie Wonder and Nik Kershaw.

Press Release – Royalls Boatyard

10th January 2017

Barnes Brinkcraft (Barnes Marine Units Ltd) of Wroxham have today announced that they have bought neighbouring boatyard Royalls and 9 hire craft, after the retirement of Nigel and Sara Royall at the end of last season.

Director Daniel Thwaites said “buying Royalls means that we will have more room to increase our fleet and servicing facilities, and with the trend towards more UK tourists opting to holiday in this country and overseas tourists being lured by the favourable exchange rates, this is the right time for us to expand.”

Barnes Brinkcraft will then operate a fleet of 86 boats from their base at Wroxham including the 9 acquired from Royalls.  Plans for the 2017 season include adding 5 new built boats to the fleet and 3, new three bedroomed holidays homes overlooking their private marina.

Daniel, Jill & Matthew Thwaites

Daniel, Jill & Matthew Thwaites


Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Our Christmas opening times for 2016 are as follows:

Thursday 22nd December – 8am to 5pm

Friday 23rd December –  CLOSED
Saturday 24th December – CLOSED
Monday 26th December – CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December – CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December – 9am to 4pm
Thursday 29th December – 10am to 2pm
Friday 30th December – 10am to 4pm
Saturday 31st December – CLOSED
Monday 2nd January 2017 – CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January – 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 4th January – Normal winter opening hours.

If you wish to contact us during the Christmas & New Year holiday, please email us bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk and we will reply on the next working day.

Ex Hire Boats For Sale

Have you been holidaying on the Norfolk Broads for years and dreamt of owning your own boat?

This winter we are selling two boats from our fleet ‘Brink of Joy’ & ‘Brinks Sonata’ – both boats are ideal first time boats as they are easy to handle and maintain.

We have moorings available in our marina in the centre of Wroxham from just £2040 per year.


For Sale, Alpha 29 – ex Brink of Joy

Alpha 29′ – Ex ‘Brink of Joy’

This is a very practical cruiser all on one level, offering easy boarding access via both the front and back wells. The saloon and galley provide a great open plan space that is light and airy and benefits from a split opening sunroof. This is a very spacious two berth cruiser (+2 berths) with the added bonus of the large wash-room and bath, which is great if you have small children.

Sale Price  £39,950


For sale, Sumatra 755 ex Brinks Sonata

Sumatra 755 – Ex ‘Brinks Sonata’

A chic, sporty and fun cruiser offering great outside space. Fitted with an economical 28hp diesel engine, this boat is perfect for weekends and short breaks.

Good specification including heating, invertor. Electric arch bringing air draft down to 7.2ft allowing passage under most bridges. Clean and tidy ready to cruise.

Sale Price  £19,950

If you would like more information on either of these boats, please contact our sales office on 01603 781178 who will be happy to help.