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Boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads

Published date: February 2020

Boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads

A boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads allows you to see the beautiful county from a unique and picturesque angle. Norfolk has a rich mix of attractions and activities suitable for all tastes and ages, with pretty towns and villages, fine pubs, restaurants and tearooms, endless scenic walks, water sports, stunning coastline and the city of Norwich, all within close proximity. The Norfolk Broads have a large choice of convenient moorings, with plenty of areas to explore on foot that are easily accessible from your hire boat.

The ideal holiday for those seeking peace and serenity, explore the Norfolk Broads and its rich network of rivers and lakes for an unforgettable getaway. Find your perfect floating home and explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, with over 125 miles of waterways and an abundance of diverse flora and fauna. A holiday the whole family will enjoy, wake up to the calm of the Norfolk Broads and then decide where to explore and at what pace.

From sailing a wooden yacht for two, traditional and luxury cruisers for groups of between 2 and 12, to larger yachts; there is something for all budgets and requirements in Norfolk. Boats generally come equipped with bed linen, cooking facilities, pots and pans, cutlery and crockery. There will be at least one toilet, usually a shower and guests normally just have to bring their own towels. Tuition is provided for all boats and safety advice is given.

Pets are welcome on a good number of boats, and the Norfolk Broads have plenty of dog friendly trails and walks suitable for your four-legged companion. Finding a pub on the Norfolk Broads that accepts dogs is easy, making this type of holiday popular amongst pet lovers.

There is a good choice of reputable companies offering boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads. Many of these are family-owned and have been in the boat business for years. Here is a selection of some of the best Norfolk companies offering boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads:

Herbert Woods – Potter Heigham

A local company offering private boat hire on the Norfolk Broads, Herbert Woods have over 120 cruisers from which to choose, suitable for all budgets and party sizes of between 2-12.  Expect first class service from start to finish and quality cruisers with the latest features and technology. Pet friendly boats are available to hire from Herbert Woods, situated in the Norfolk riverside village of Potter Heigham.

For more information at Herbert Woods, please go to their website.

Herbert Woods, Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5JF

Tel: 01692 670711 or 0800 1444472

Richardson’s Boating Holidays – Stalham

With over 70 years in the boat business, Richardson’s offers a wide selection of boats and has over 290 in its fleet.  Maintained to the highest standard, no experience is necessary as a full demonstration on how to drive and work all the facilities on board is given. Pet friendly boats are available to hire at Richardson’s Boating Holidays.

To find out more about Richardson’s, please visit their website.

Richardson’s Boating Holidays, The Staithe, Stalham, Norfolk, NR12 9BX

Tel: 01692 668981


Barnes Brinkcraft – Wroxham

A family run business, Barnes Brinkcraft offers boating holidays as well as self-catering accommodation on the Norfolk Broads. They have a mixed fleet of over 90 boats, catering for all tastes and budgets, ranging in size from 2 to 12 berth. Choose from luxury cruisers to more traditional vessels. Their 15 riverside self-catering properties sleep between 4 and 16 people and at certain times of the year come with their own dayboat to help you explore the Norfolk Broads. Barnes Brinkcraft have dog friendly boats and even provide dog life jackets.

To find out more about Barnes Brinkcraft, please go to their website.

Barnes Brinkcraft, Riverside Road, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8UD

Tel:  01603 782625


Norfolk Broads Direct – Wroxham

The owners, Len and Hazel Funnell, both have many years of experience in boating holidays on the Broads and pride themselves in providing high quality boating and cottage holidays.  With a range of boats from 2-11 berth and waterside holiday cottages and apartments, Norfolk Broads Direct also cater for those wanting to bring their dog on holiday.

To find out more about Norfolk Broads Direct, please visit their website.

Norfolk Broads Direct, The Bridge, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8RX

Tel: 01603 782207


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