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Oh Buoy! Boating Holidays For All!

It’s summer and it’s sunny, so make the most of it by getting out onto the water.

There’s plenty of lovely waterways in Norfolk, with the Broads remaining a hugely popular destination for visitors – you can charter your own boat as you navigate the water (not forgetting plenty of stop-offs for further exploration, attractions, market towns as well as food and drink at the waterside pubs along the way, of course!). There’s also the option of taking your own bikes (space permitting) so you can get into the countryside on two wheels (and check out our blog post about cycling, too)!  

Here’s our pick of the best boating holiday providers who’ll sort you out with a vessel to be proud of!



Norfolk Broads Direct 13

Offering a variety of boats from their boatyard in Wroxham (only 8 miles outside of Norwich and one of the main hubs in the Broads), Norfolk Broads Direct offer well-equipped cruisers for groups ranging between 2 people if you fancy a relaxing couples holiday, and 11 people if you’re going for a bigger group vibe!

Pick from a variety of luxury levels – their Faircraft Loynes cruisers are all rated 4 or 5 star, or go for the posh Premier Cruisers which are all rated 5 star and are equipped to the very highest specifications – we’re talking top of the range here! Plus, they’re all easy to operate if you haven’t had much experience in this field.



Barnes Brinkcraft

Also operating out of delightful Wroxham, Barnes Brinkcraft is a family-run company with a wide range of boats to choose from; whether you’re after a motor cruiser, sailing boat or a day cruiser, you’ll find it easy – and if you want to spend the whole holiday on the water then you’ll find there are plenty of options to suit all pockets. Browse and compare 2 to 12 berth cruisers which are all listed on their website, plus staff will be more than happy to help you decide if you’re suffering from a bout of indecision!

Want an added touch of luxury? Their Elite Fleet are ideal for they’re kitted out with all the mod-cons you wouldn’t usually associate with boating (Wi-Fi and complimentary toiletries, anyone?).



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 With over 90 years of experience in boating holidays, Herbert Woods have just been awarded a second TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, so you know you can trust them to provide a great boating experience, however long you fancy being out on the water for. Their base is in Potter Heigham north of Wroxham, closer to Hickling and in a much quieter area of the Broads.

There’s a range of options depending on price, with luxury cruisers such as the Elite range (definitely the model to plump for) – with power showers, electric ovens and microwaves, TV & DVD players and much more, you’d hardly know you were on a boat if it weren’t for the beautiful views out of the window!

PLUS - you can save 20% on 2 & 3 berth cruiser holidays starting between 22nd July 2016 and 1st September 2016! Use the code SUM20 to apply the offer on their website. 



Ferry Marina Platinum wherry

Whether you’re envisioning a romantic couple’s holiday or a large family affair, Ferry Marina’s has the boat for you. They’ve added a range of modern, stylish boats to their fleet with updated facilities (depending on the type of boat) including cookers, electric toilets, and a rear camera to stop you crashing into anything behind you when you’re pushing grandma / brother / significant other out of the way to take the wheel (it happens!).

Ferry Marina operates from the picturesque village of Horning, too, so we’d recommend enjoying coffee or lunch there before setting off – start your holiday right!


Psst… if you’d rather keep your feet firmly on solid ground, these companies all offer beautiful waterside cottages for rent, too!

Check out another of our blog posts for more fun on the water! 

To plan a trip check out our website