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What to do this Father’s Day?

River Trips

Treat Dad to a relaxing River Trip; sit back and enjoy the fantastic views of the every changing River Bure as you listen to the live commentary on board one of our Double Decker Passenger Trip Boats. With a licenced bar, hot and cold drinks and a selection of light snacks available. There really is no better way to spend a few hours this weekend.

Broads Tours River Trips

Sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary, as you discover the Norfolk Broads

For full details please see our full timetable, all of our boats have access for wheel chair users (advance booking is advisable) you are more than welcome to bring your pet and under 5’s travel for FREE, all of our River Trips depart from Wroxham,

Be the Captain of your very own boat!

If you prefer to explore at your own pace and relax with a picnic, then why not take to the water on one of our easy to drive Dayboats, with comfortable seating for up to 8 people these are the perfect way to get up close to some of the magical wildlife the Norfolk Broads is famous for.

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Our fleet of day boats uncovered and ready for Father’s day Weekend.

 

Our Dayboats are available by the hour, half day or a full 8 hour day, are staff are on hand to offer handling skills and will be more than happy to recommend a route for you to have that perfect family day out.

No previous experience required, life jackets are available for all ages and onsite parking is available. For full details on all of our various dayboats, visit our website or any of our staff will be more than happy to help you plan your day out.

 

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Enjoy a Free Day Boat in June
Come and stay in one of our modern and comfortable Waterside Holiday Homes in Wroxham, the heart of the Norfolk Broads. With fishing season well underway there really is no better way to enjoy this relaxing past time.

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Be the Captain for the day of your very own boat.

 

If you book to stay with us for a holiday starting the 29th of June you will enjoy the use of one of our standard day boats FREE of charge. Enjoy a 7 day break and enjoy the FREE use of a Day Boat for 2 days, stay for a short break 3 or 4 nights and enjoy the boat for 1 day. Short breaks can start on either Saturday 29th or Tuesday 2nd July. Click for further details on any of our properties. 

This offer is for new holiday bookings whilst staying in either one of our Cottages, Penthouse’s or Apartments. Only valid for the week the 29th June and please be aware that Fair View Lodge has its own current offer.

For full details on this offer please do not hesitate to contact us direct on 01603 782207.

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As May comes to an end, it has been a month scattered with inclement weather, more bank holidays than you can shake a stick at and an encouraging increase in trade for the company.

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Our fleet of day boats uncovered and ready for a busy Whitsun Weekend.

After a slow start to the season, with the coldest spring in decades affecting both day trade and weekly hire bookings, the weather gods finally decided to shine on Wroxham, with rising temperatures and sunshine married with the May Day Bank Holiday starting the month off on the right foot.

Self-drive day launches were flying off the quay heading like nobody’s business and passenger trip boats were leaving their stations full of happy customers, trying to make the most of the sunshine while it lasted.With the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month also being blessed with nice weather, the Friday and Saturday hire fleet turnaround days supplied us with 40 holidays for the half term week.

With Hire Fleet bookings on the up, aided by a successful ‘On the Water’ Open Weekend at the company at the back end of April, the projection for the rest of the summer is positive as we move into June.

Our happy group of boat builders are also being kept on their toes, with the arrival of two new mouldings to start work on a new 2-4 Berth cruiser called the Fair Executive and another Luxury Day Cruiser for day hire. Both of these projects will be documented on this blog in the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled for developments!

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Wilson the life jacket wearing teddy bear, modelling his new life jacket for the start of the Summer season.

Norfolk Broads Bear

Wilson wearing his life jacket

Here is the latest addition to our day boat staff, affectionately known as Wilson. Come rain or shine, he can always be found outside the day boat shed on the quay heading down by the bridge, and he is a constant reminder for people to enjoy boating safely. Apart from a slight mishap with a black Labrador a few weeks back, which took a particular liking to his big fluffy ears, Wilson seems to have gone down well with adults and children alike. Why not pop down to Broads Tours and say hello!

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Welcome to Broads Tours

Everyone should see the Norfolk Broads! And the way to appreciate the Broads at their very best is from the water with Award Winning Visitor Attraction, Broads Tours of Wroxham.

Broads Tours River Trips

Sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary, as you discover the Norfolk Broads

Choose a Broads Tours river trip, sit back and do it in style with entertaining live commentary, light refreshments and licensed bar. Or pack a picnic, hire one of our day boats and enjoy the freedom of doing your own thing. Either way, we are sure it will leave you wanting to do it all over again! (for full details of all of our River Trips visit www.broadstours.co.uk)

Enjoy the Broads … Britain’s magical waterland

Day boat hire on the Norfolk Broads

If you have only got a day or even just a few hours to spend on the Broads, why not hire one of our day boats? Pack up a picnic and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the Broads at your own pace. Whichever boat you choose, we know you will feel you have had a special day and will want to do it all over again … that’s the magic of the Broads.

We have 3 different styles of self-drive day boats to choose from;

Our Standard day boats seat up to eight people, are simple to operate and have a canvas cabriolet style cover to protect you from the elements. Available to hire by the hour, part or full day on a first come, first served basis from (09.00 -17.30).

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Be the captain of your very own boat for an hour, half a day or a full 8 hour day.

Our Large electric boats are both quiet and Eco Friendly seating up to eleven people. For a full days hire only from (09.00 – 17.00) Pre-booking is essential for large electric boats during peak season.

Our Day cruisers seat up to eight people and are equipped with a two ring hob, grill, refrigerator, sink and WC. Split sliding canopy over the seating area allows alfresco dining on those sunny days. Available for full days hire only (10:00 – 17:00) Pre-booking is essential for large electric boats during peak season.

We also are able to offer one of our standard day boats with a wheelchair lift. For further details please do not hesitate to contact a member of our friendly reception team.

Let us help you plan the perfect day out whether it be a family day out or catching up will old friends or simply a romantic afternoon on the river we have something to suit everyone and all occasions.

For further details please do not hesitate to contact a member of our reception team on 01603 782207 or visit http://www.broadstours.co.uk/index.php

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A new experience….

If you are considering your first Broads Boating Holiday please be assured that there is absolutely no need for previous experience in boat handling. Before you leave our boatyard a member of our friendly team will explain all the controls and the safety equipment on board your boat. He will then take you down the river to show you how to manoeuvre and to moor up.

relaxing cruising

A lovely summers afternoon

Whilst on your holiday we are always at the end of the telephone if you need further advice. Often the phone call is all that it takes to reassure you, but we are always happy to arrange to meet you wherever you are on the Broads waterways at your convenience.

Throughout our brochure (you can request a brochure by clicking the following link) you will see that we have over 25 different styles of cruiser. These vary from boats all on one level, ideal for customers who are less mobile, to boats with the option of driving from both inside and out.

With you our customers in mind we have carefully fitted out and equipped our cruisers with all the comforts of home.  (Please see pages 10-11 within our holiday brochure for further details)

Whichever cruiser you choose you can be assured that it will offer fantastic views of the waterways and the surrounding beautiful countryside, allowing you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Choosing the right boat is the very start of your adventure…

If you are still not sure which cruiser would suit your individual needs? Then please call a member of our friendly reception team who will be only too happy to help steer you towards your perfect holiday on 01603 782207.

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Invitation
All of us at Norfolk Broads Direct would be delighted if you would join us at our boatyard in Wroxham for our’ On the Water Open Weekend Event’.

27th & 28th April, 2013
 10am – 4pm

Norfolk bRoads Direct on The Water Open Weekend

ō Norfolk Broads Direct on The Water Open Weekend.

What can you expect? For further details  http://www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk/nbd-on-water-event-new

Faircraft Loynes  fleet
Have you ever fancied a holiday afloat on the Broads?
Why not come along for our Open Weekend and try a cruiser ‘On the Water’?
Our enthusiastic team will be on hand to show you the different styles of cruisers in our fleet and to give you tips and friendly advice in the skills of boat handling.

Broads Tours River Trips
Sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary on a Broads Tours river trip. All trips half normal price
Adults: £4.00 Children £3.25, under 5’s go free

Broads Tours Dayboat Hire
Take to the helm of a self-drive dayboat and enjoy two hours for the price of one!
£16 for 2 hours.

Wherry Yacht Norada
Compare our modern Faircraft Loynes fleet to this Grand Old Lady, courtesy of the Wherry Yacht Charter Trust

RSPB
A member of the RSPB will be on hand to explain the fabulous water birds that live on the Broads

The Little Blue Boat
The illustrator, Paul Jackson,  of this exciting new children’s book will be giving book readings.  Children can enjoy the adventures of the Able Sea Bear on board the Little Blue Boat on the Broads.

Broads Authority Launch
Meet the Broads Authority Navigation Ranger for some tips on safe boat handling.

Catering
The Vintage Broadsman will be on her moorings with a fully licensed bar and light refreshments.
Other catering will include a hog roast and the locally produced Ronaldo’s Ice Cream.

For further details please visit  http://www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk/nbd-on-water-event-new or alternatively call and speak to a member of our team.

We hope that you will be able to join us, please RSVP to info@broads.co.uk or telephone 01603 782207

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Norfolk Broads Direct Open Weekend

All of us at Norfolk Broads Direct would be delighted if you would join us at our boatyard in Wroxham for our’ On the Water Open Weekend Event’

Invitation
All of us at Norfolk Broads Direct would be delighted if you would join us at our boatyard in Wroxham for our’ On the Water Open Weekend Event’.
27th & 28th April, 2013
 10am – 4pm

What can you expect?

Faircraft Loynes fleet
Have you ever fancied a holiday afloat on the Broads?
Why not come along for our Open Weekend and try a cruiser ‘On the Water’?
Our enthusiastic team will be on hand to show you the different styles of cruisers in our fleet and to give you tips and friendly advice in the skills of boat handling.

Broads Tours River Trips
Sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary on a Broads Tours river trip. All trips half normal price
Adults: £4.00 Children £3.25, under 5’s go free

Broads Tours Dayboat Hire
Take to the helm of a self-drive dayboat and enjoy two hours for the price of one!
£16 for 2 hours.

Wherry Yacht Norada
Compare our modern Faircraft Loynes fleet to this Grand Old Lady, courtesy of the Wherry Yacht Charter Trust

RSPB
A member of the RSPB will be on hand to explain the fabulous water birds that live on the Broads

The Little Blue Boat
The illustrator, Paul Jackson,  of this exciting new children’s book will be giving book readings.  Children can enjoy the adventures of the Able Sea Bear on board the Little Blue Boat on the Broads.

Broads Authority Launch
Meet the Broads Authority Navigation Ranger for some tips on safe boat handling.

Catering
The Vintage Broadsman will be on her moorings with a fully licensed bar and light refreshments.
Other catering will include a hog roast and the locally produced Ronaldo’s Ice Cream.

We hope that you will be able to join us, please RSVP to info@broads.co.uk or telephone 01603 782207

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Norfolk Broads Direct Open Weekend: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April 2013

The British Marine Federation is launching a nationwide campaign to get people ‘On the Water’ during the weekend of the 27th & 28th April 2013.  The marine industry will be coming together to provide boating information and activities at venues all around the country.

There will be events, taster trips and briefings at open days at training centres, boatyards and marinas. Whether people are experienced boaters or complete novices this weekend will be a great opportunity for people to learn more about the joys and excitement of boating.  There will be a wealth of opportunities to get ‘On the Water’ either on the UK’s 7760 miles of coastline or on the nation’s network of inland rivers, canals and of course here in the Broads, Britain’s magical waterland.

Here at Norfolk Broads Direct in Wroxham we will be opening our boatyard for both days to showcase a selection of the hire cruisers from our premier Faircraft Loynes fleet. Our enthusiastic team will be on hand to show potential hirers around the different styles of boats available including all of the onboard facilities. Potential hirers will even have the opportunity to try the boat out ‘On the Water’, our experienced staff will give them tips and friendly advice in the skills of boat handling to ensure that they can get the maximum out of their chosen craft.

Norfolk Broads Direct Fair Admiral

A real head turner with outside dining area and sun-deck.

During the days we will be running a timetable of river trips to Salhouse Broad on the Queen of the Broads and the Belle of the Broads.  Visitors to the open day will be able to enjoy a trip at half of our normal published rate.  Visitors will also be able to hire a dayboat for two hours for the price of one. The ever popular Vintage Broadsman will be on her moorings providing a licensed bar with teas and coffees and light refreshments.  There is ample parking, and customer toilets on site.  Hoveton and Wroxham railway station is only a 10 minute walk way.

Other on site attractions during the weekend will include a Hog Roast and ice cream, all from local producers. We also hope to be joined by other attractions close to the Broads, to give people a flavour of what our magical waterland has to offer.

We have just received the exciting news that the Pleasure Wherry Norada will be joining us for the 2 days. We are very pleased to see this lovely traditional craft back on the water after her extensive refit during 2011 and 2012.

Watch this space for further details or alternatively contact a member of our team on 01603 782207

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Educational Discovery River Trips

Broads Tours offers educational trips on the Norfolk Broads.

These fun trips can be tailored to suit the curriculum being studied by the individual schools, but all trips will include a river trip followed by time ashore either at Salhouse Broad, Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail or even both.

swallow.tail butterfly

Topics that can be covered on the journey include:

  • Wildlife / waterbirds
  • National Parks / Broads Authority
  • Land use around the Broads, house construction , thatching /reed cutting
  • The origins of the Broads, peat digging, transportation- Norfolk Wherries
  • The evolution of the tourism industry
  • How Tourism conflicts with other Broads users
  • Bank erosion / causes and preventative measures
  • Eutrophication
  • Succession

At Salhouse Broad we disembark and have a walk around led by the Countryside Ranger.  Here we can discuss the different wildlife habitats.  The Ranger will explain the conservation work being undertaken and the impact of tourism on the broad.  For younger children there is a small play area where they can let off steam.

At Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail the Natural England Warden will lead a walk around the boardwalk and the younger children can take part in a pond dipping activity.  The Biodiversity of the Broads area will be covered during these activities.

On the return journey to Wroxham we can either organise a quiz to recap everything covered or we can just allow the children to sit back, chill and enjoy the scenery.

Groups of up to 40 can be accommodated on our dedicated single decker passenger trip boat the Discoverer.  Larger groups of up to 60 can be accommodated on the lower deck of the Belle of the Broads passenger boat.

Trips can be arranged at a time to suit.  Allow 2 hours for trips to Salhouse Broad, 3 hours for Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail if pond dipping is required and 4 hours if both locations are being visited.

Please note that Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail will only be available April – June and 1st – 19th September 2013, Mondays to Thursdays.  Salhouse Broad is available any week day during term times.

Cost:

2 hours £6.50 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children
3 hours £7.50 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children
4 hours £9.00 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children

Please telephone 01603 782207 if you require any further information or to discuss your individual requirements.

Booking is essential for Discovery Trips.

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