Autumn/Winter Newsletter


Autumn/Winter Newsletter

It doesn’t seem possible that we have come to end of another season, but with a real ‘nip’ in the air in the mornings now and the nights getting longer, all the boats will be heading back to the yard for the winter at the end of half term week.

Remember our riverside self catering accommodation is available to rent all year round, so you need not wait until Spring for your next Norfolk Broads ‘fix’.

It was a really busy season for us and the lovely weather lasted well into the late summer.  In July Brinks Rhapsody 3   was launched, which with it’s sleek good looks and electric hybrid propulsion making cruising super quiet, proved really popular with our customers. Work is underway for next year with new boats being added to the fleet, Brinks Serenade, a 4+2 berth and
Brinks Encore  a 2+2 berth.  We will be taking photographs throughout the build and posting them on our Facebook
page, so do keep an eye on how we are getting on.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our 2017 Brochure photo competition this year, we had some fantastic entries and some of these can be seen in our new brochure.  To see all of the entries, please go to our online Album.  The winners will receive a voucher for £150 off their next holiday.

Christmas & New Year 

We have got just one property left for Christmas week, ‘Grebe
one of the Daisy Broad Lodges which can sleep up to 10 people.  We will take care of the Christmas tree for you, and there will be a hamper full of delicious local, seasonal foods for you to enjoy.  On top of all that, you have the use of a Day Launch for the duration of your stay*.

* Subject to weather conditions.

We do still have availability for New Year in the Daisy Broad Lodges, from the 28th December to the 4th of January.  ‘Coot’ and ‘Grebe’ have an inter-connecting door and can sleep up to 20 people – why not get all of your friends and family together for a really big celebration!

To book, call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email the office

3 Really Good Reasons To Book Your 2017 Holiday NOW!

1 .  Early Booking Discount
Save 5% on our brochure price if you book before 28th February ’17. If you book your holiday on-line via our website, you will also get a further £10 discount.

2.   Make Sure You Get Your Favourite Boat
The longer you leave it to book, the less likely you are to get your first choice of boat on your preferred dates. Booking early means you can put your mind at rest that your summer holiday is taken care of.

3.  Spread The Cost – Pay In Instalments To Suit You!
Take advantage of the early booking discounts and then spread the cost of your holiday by paying it off in installments that suit you.

Remember, if you have holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and rebook with us direct with us you will also receive one of our
‘Welcome Back Loyalty Hampers’ which are delivered to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

To book, call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email the office.

For Sale

This winter we will be selling two boats from our fleet ‘Brink of Joy’ & ‘Brinks Sonata’.  Both will be sold from our sister company Norfolk Boat Sales  and will be available from early November.  For more details please check their website  or call 01603 781178 – option 1.

Web Site Updates

Over the next few weeks you will notice changes being made to our website.  We are adding interactive floor plans to all of our self catering properties and updating photographs which we hope will help you when making your choice to book.

For boating holidays we are updating each boat listed with new
photographs and clearly showing which boats have extras such as bow thrusters fitted.

Remember, if you need any help at all when deciding which property or boat to book, our friendly staff are available to offer help and assistance.

Childrens Activity Book Competitions

All children who came on holiday with us this summer will have received one of our childrens activity books. The last date to send competition entries in is 31st October ’16.

Any photo entries should be sent to with the name & age of the child ‘Spot The Boat’ entries should be posted to Mags at the Barnes Brinkcraft address.

There are some lovely prizes to be won, a voucher for £150 to help towards your next holiday, a £50 Amazon voucher and a delicious Sponge  cake which will be posted direct to you.

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 in our online Album, email them to or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

2016 Brochure Photographic Competition

After the success of last year we are pleased to announce that we will be running our Photography Competition again this year.  The winning entries will win a voucher for £150 and will be featured in our 2017 Holiday Brochure.

The competition will begin on the 1st of July and will end at midnight on the 31st  August ’16.  All entries should be emailed to – there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, we just ask that photographs are from your Norfolk Broads holidays, they can be pictures of boats, landscapes, families, even selfies  – take a look at last years entries!


One of last years winning entries sent into us from Lance Wardle

We love to see your holiday pictures, so get snapping and be in with a chance of winning £150 off your next holiday with us!


‘Broadscapes’ Photography Holidays

New for the 2015 season, we are introducing ‘Broadscapes’, a Norfolk Broads landscape photography holiday offering the perfect blend of expert photographic tuition and doing your own thing.  You can take part if you are holidaying in one of our self catering properties or onboard a cruiser, everyone is welcome.

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Based around pre-arranged meeting points at different locations, local professional commercial photographer Paul Studd will share with you his expert advice and tuition.  It will be relaxed, informal and fun. Above all, it’s a chance to point your camera at some of the iconic windmills & wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

Our first photography holiday is arranged for Monday 20th April for 4 nights – a full itinerary is available on request.  If this date is not convenient, please see our website for other options.

The price is just £95 per person + the normal cost of your holiday accommodation or cruiser hire. 

For more information please email or call 07801 589627

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Late Availability For February Half Term

We have just one of our ‘Sail Loft’ riverside self catering properties left for February Half Term.  If you haven’t made plans yet but would like to get away you could bag yourself a bargain with a 20% discount on our normal brochure price.

Spinnaker has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people in comfort with  spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.  This three storey development offers fantastic views from its furnished balconies of the ever changing River Bure and the famously low Wroxham bridge.

fleet002smallfileIncluded in the price of your holiday or short break is the use of a Day Boat for the duration of your stay!!

Your week can start on either Friday 14th or Saturday 15th February – discounted weekly price £618.40

or for a short break £441.60

TO BOOK, CALL 01603 782625

Gold Award for ‘The Boathouse’

We are very proud to announce a ‘Gold Award’ for our self catering properties in ‘The Boathouse‘.


The award from ‘Cottages for You’ is for consistently achieving an overall rating of 9.5 out of 10 or above for customers reviews on the review site ‘Reevoo’.

goldThe Boathouse properties can sleep up to 8 people and have lovely views over the river in the centre of Wroxham.  Available for weekly or short breaks, with a complimentary wifi and a free Day Boat* for use for the duration of your stay.

For more details contact Barnes Brinkcraft on 01603 782625

wifi*Day Boat not included for stays during the school summer holidays.



Christmas Newsletter

It seems hard to believe we are coming to the end of another year, with
Christmas just around the corner.  As you can imagine the shops in
Wroxham are full of festive fayre, but as much as we love Christmas &
all the glitter and sparkle, we’re looking forward to the new boating
season even more.

Happy Christmas

If you are thinking of booking your 2014 holiday during the Christmas
& New Year break, take a look at our ‘early booking offers‘.  For
bookings made before the end of February we are giving a 5% discount
on brochure prices.  Tel: 01603 782625

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Customer Loyalty Scheme

Don’t forget that all customers who have previously holidayed with us in
the past 4 years, and who rebook with us direct, will receive a delicious
local food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.  This will be delivered direct
to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

Call our booking office on 01603 782625

Christmas & New Year Office Opening Hours

Saturday 21st December    10am to 2pm

Monday 23rd December    10am – 2pm

Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th December    CLOSED

Saturday 28th December    10am – 2pm

Monday 30th December    10am – 2pm

Tuesday 31st December   CLOSED
Wednesday 1st January    CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January    8am – 5pm

Please note our normal working hours during the Winter Season

Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm
Saturday – 9am to 4pm
Sunday – Closed

All e-mails will be answered on the next working day (as above)

January Self Catering Offer

Take advantage of a 20% discount on our self catering Lodges &
Apartments in January ’14.

Ladies you can hit the sales in Norwich and gentlemen you could enjoy
a spot of quiet fishing or, just relax after the madness of Christmas &
enjoy the beautiful riverside views from your window.

The discount applies to short breaks and weekly bookings between
4th January and 1st February ’14.

To book at the discounted rate call 01603 782625

Wintery views

We have wifi


We have free wifi available in our self catering Apartments & Lodges,
and it’s available on the yard too if you are holidaying on a boat.  Just
ask at Reception for the code.

Remember to ‘check in’ on Facebook or #barnesbrinkcraft on Twitter.

Hen & Stag Parties Welcome!

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Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we welcome Hen & Stag parties.*  If you are getting married or if you are the person organising the Hen or Stag party, take a look at our ideas of how to get the most out of your Norfolk Broads celebration.

Whether you choose a Cruiser break or one of our Self Catering properties, you can be sure that you will have a celebration to remember for all the right reasons.

* A security deposit is payable

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.

Julie Phelps 60th B'day

Thank you to Julie Phelps who sent in this photograph of her 60th
birthday celebrations.  Looks like you all had a great time celebrating
in 60’s style.  Next time you take a holiday with us, there will be a bottle
of Bubbly waiting for you to enjoy.

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Christmas Shopping Short Breaks


Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?

The stress of finding that perfect present along with all the pushing, shoving and horn blowing that goes with city centre shopping, it’s not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  Our waterside self catering properties are perfect for couples, families or for friends to share, and from just £232* for up to four people for short break, it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

Roys of Wroxham said to be the ‘largest village store in the world’ has everything you could need from present ideas, decorations, festive food and lots, lots more.  What’s more it is just a five minute walk from Barnes Brinkcraft so no need to queue for a car parking space either.

Roys of Wroxham

If you do want to go into Norwich city centre, you can take the train from Wroxham station.  Norwich is listed as one of the Top 10 places to shop in the UK.  Shopping in Norwich is a unique experience with high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer.  Outside of London’s Oxford Street, Norwich is the only place in the UK to have 4 national department stores as well as a local independent department store, Jarrolds, within its city centre.

There is still lots going on in Wroxham outside of the main holiday season, so while those who want to can go shopping, there’s the option for fishing from outside your door, the local pubs and restaurants are still open and the Bure Valley Railway offers their ‘Santa Special’ trips from the 23rd November until the 24th of December, so a chance for the little ones to see Santa with their wish lists.

Bure Valley Railway

A little further afield the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is on from the 9th of November until the 23rd of December, “the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain.”



Booking is essential, see website for details.  By phone on 01603 782625 or email – we’d be happy to help, and don’t forget that you will have the use of a Day Boat for the duration of your stay – FREE!!

Offer applies on bookings from 5th November until 21st December ’13. *20% Discount applied

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