Visiting the Norfolk Broads in May or June?

Given the choice (which never happens) I’d visit the Norfolk Broads in May or June.

The longest day of the year is on the 20th of June. Loads of daylight hours to enjoy a riverside walk, take in the spectacular wildlife and eat that bbq on the bank.

 

 

The Fishing Season Pike - can you catch one in the Norfolk Broadsstarts on the 16th of June. Catch your pike, perch or roach here (if you can)
licences are available via the post office or online and cost £12 for the week

 

 

Swallowtail Butterfly and Fen OrchidYou can spot the iconic swallowtail butterfly at this time of year. And, if you are really lucky, you might hit top nature trumps and spot one on the rather rare Fen Orchids.

You can see both of these species in this off-peak season at Ranworth Broad. The nature reserve at Ranworth, run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust is well worth a visit.

Or, take a trip with the Broads Authority (the people who run the Broads National Park) on, their boat. Electric Eel. The Eel, a silent run boat with electric engine, runs from How Hill on the River Ant, just upstream from Ludham. Tickets cost £7pp or £19.50 for a family and inc the cost of a very well informed guide.

Visit one of the TICs – where you might sign up for one of the many guided talks or walks available – most unusual one I’ve come across is a talk about Ludham Airfield

Open Studios

Open Studios Norfolk Broads

Norfolk has won awards for its amazing open studio’s programme. Last year over 40 Broads based artists opened their studios to the public. Go online or pick up a leaflet and you are bound to find something to interest you at every stop. This year it runs from 23rd May and 7th June.

 

Fathers day

Stuck for a present this year, why not stretch it into a fathers weekend away on the broads.

or even better, book a mid-week break. Did you know you can book a 4-night break mid-week at the same cost as a 3-night break will cost over the weekend

Do you find it romantic watching yachts glide across the water? then grab your chance.
Europes toughest inland sailing race, “The Three Rivers Race” starts from Horning sailing club on the 30th May. Competitors have 24 hours to complete the course.

The best spectator spot is at Potter Heigham where you can see some brave sailors attempt to “shoot the bridge”  The pros have nightmares about the manoeuvre. It involves dropping the sail onto the hull of the boat millimetres before they collide with the bridge

Moorings

Watching the racing from the New Inn HorningIf you are visiting the Norfolk Broads in May or June, its usually a good time of year to find moorings, but finding your overnight stay in honey spots such as Horning still need planning.

My favourite is to moor on the opposite side of the bank and catch the foot ferry across to Horning for food and supplies.

For a guaranteed spot, book space a the New Inn – they have great food there and Gus is often on hand to help moor up.

There is often space for 2 or 3 boats on the staith by the Church, a peaceful mooring at the end of the village. It will take a good 20 mins to walk into the centre from there

Find a spot in Ferry Marina. Moorings are free for Barnes Brinkcrafts boats

Which boats would we recommend for this time of year

Brinks Serenade on the River Ant For a bit of luxury, we suggest couples try our new Encore Plus (it’s so new we’ve only got pictures in build). Got a few more people with you? Try  Brinks Serenade for 4 + 2 people

Alternatively, have a look at Royall Satin one of of our older boats. She’s equally as comfortable but priced to reflect her age.

If you have any queries about boating on the Norfolk Broads, please do give us a ring

We hope to see you in the Broads National Park soon