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.

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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 

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

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.

2014 Offers on Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays

Everyone loves a discount, take a look at our ‘Offers‘ page for some great early booking discounts throughout 2014

REMEMBER  if you book direct you may qualify for our ‘Customer Loyalty Scheme’

Customer Loyalty Scheme
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.

There are two tiers to the scheme:

Hamper A – For hire terms up to £800
Hamper includes:- Small loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon, ham, seasonal fruit and chocolate brownies.

Hamper B – For Hire Terms from £801
Hamper includes:- Large loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon, chipolata sausages, ham, mushrooms, vine tomatoes, salad leaves, salad dressing, seasonal fruit, local apple juice and chocolate brownies.

Customer Loyalty Hamper

If you have any queries regarding the new Loyalty Scheme, please contact Mags on 01603 782625 who will be happy to help.

Ex-Hire Boats For Sale

Do you take regular holidays on the Norfolk Broads and dream of owning your own boat?

Each year we sell a few of our hire fleet off to make way for the new ones that we build each winter.  Ex-hire boats are an excellent choice for first time boat owners as they are easy to drive, are well fitted out, will usually pass under most Broads bridges and have been regularly serviced and well cared for.

If this is something you have been considering, have a chat with one of our staff at Norfolk Boat Sales on 01603 781178 who will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have about owning your own boat.

Supreme – Alpha 35′ c.c fitted with Nanni 50hp diesel engine.  £49,950

Brinks Supreme

A spacious well appointed boat with good specification.  An extremely comfortable family cruiser with the added benefit of a sliding centre cockpit roof. New Nanni engine this year!

Prelude – Barnes Ocean 37′ fitted with Nanni 50hp diesel engine.  £45,000

Brinks Prelude

Brinks Prelude

Prelude is a superb Broads boat offering spacious accommodation with en-suite facilities in the forward cabin. The saloon is very spacious and close to the galley making it very sociable boat, ideal for families or when entertaining guests!

Supreme Star – Moores Sheerline 1070 fitted with Nanni 38hp diesel engine.  £54,950

Moores Sheerline 1070 - Supreme Light

A lovely example of these popular Broads cruisers, offering spacious accommodation for 6 in 3 cabins.  It has a fully electric sliding canopy and folding front screens allowing to pass under all Broadland bridges. Viewing recommended.

Norfolk Broads Moorings Available

We have moorings available to rent in Brundall & Wroxham.

Moorings available at Brundall & Wroxham







Water, electricity, rubbish collection, toilet & shower facilities, live webcam with remote access control & FREE wifi.  http://www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk/webcam/

£62.00 per foot including VAT

Water, electricity, rubbish collection, launderette, toilet & shower facilities & wifi.

£60.00 per foot including VAT

For information, call Harry at Norfolk Boat Sales on 01603 781178

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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