Posts Tagged ‘Winter on the Broads’

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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Situated in the village of Wroxham, and enjoying the ever-changing views a marina, the boatyard of Norfolk Broads Direct and the coming and going’s of Broads Tours passenger trip boats. 

Fair View Lodge is an impressive 3 storey holiday property. Offering luxurious living for up to 8 people, making it ideal for a large family, four couples or simply a group of friends wishing to celebrate that special occasion.
Situated on the edge of a private marina opposite the Faircraft Loynes river basin. Wroxham village is just a few minutes walk away with its numerous shops, restaurants and inns.

For most of the year a Day Boat is included in the rental cost, and the very best way to explore the tranquil, lock-free rivers of the Norfolk Broads is definitely by boat. (Excludes 25th May-1st June & 20th July-6th September)

There is also much to explore by car. Norwich with its colourful market, Norman cathedral, castle museum, shops and wide range of restaurants is just 9 miles away. Beaches, gardens, nature trails and reserves, National Trust properties and golfing are all within a 15 mile radius.

Holiday properties in Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads

Comfortable living for up to 8 people.

This four bedroom property is set out over three floors consisting of:
Ground floor, entrance hall, cloakroom and open plan kitchen /lounge/dining room with patio doors leading onto the decked area. The lounge has a large flat screen TV, DVD player, CD player and Xbox 360. The kitchen is fully fitted with integrated appliances including Fridge, Freezer, Double Oven, Ceramic Hob, Microwave and Dishwasher.

First floor, one double bedroom with en-suite WC and shower, one twin bedroom with direct access to the family bathroom with WC, bath and electric shower over.
Second floor one double bedroom with en-suite WC and shower and one twin bedroom.

Fair View offers double glazing, a radiator central heating system throughout, making it perfect for all year round hire, linen (duvet) and towels, travel cot and high chair. Life jackets are supplied free of charge. Fishing is available from property garden. Parking for two cars in front of the lodge. Available for Saturday or Tuesday start dates, weekly or short breaks available all year round.

Holiday homes in Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads

Fantastic living for up to 8 people.

Fair View Lodge 2

The property benefits from a lawned garden and comfortable decked area with seating for all.

Please note: This property is non smoking and unfortunately pets are not allowed.

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Norfolk Broads Direct Launch New Loyalty Scheme

Norfolk Broads Direct Launch Loyalty Scheme

New for 2013, returning customer loyalty scheme

New for Norfolk Broads Direct Holiday Customers, Returning Visitor Loyalty Scheme

We always love welcoming back returning visitors and, to say thank you for your continued support, we have decided to launch a Returning Customer Loyalty Scheme. If you have already had a Norfolk Broads Direct Holiday this year or are joining us later on in the year, you will receive your unique voucher code when you arrive and check-in at reception. This voucher will entitle you to a 5% discount off the hire terms of your 2014 holiday. This saving can be used for both Boating Holidays and Waterside Holiday Home Breaks.  (please see your unique voucher for full terms and conditions).

In addition to this saving, if you book your 2014 holiday before the 31st October 2013, you will also receive our early booking discount of a further 5% off the hire terms.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to the Norfolk Broads and to Norfolk Broads Direct.

For further details please do not hesitate to contact us on 01603 782207 or email us on info@broads.co.uk

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New for Spring 2013 Fair Statesman 1 & 2

We are very pleased to announce the launch of Fair Statesman 1, and with work well underway on Statesman 2, it won’t be long until these two modern and stylish cruisers are out on hire.

The Statesman’s offer first class living for up to 8 people, with dual steering, spacious outside seating complete with sunbathing area, light and airy saloon that can convert into a double bed, a good practical sized galley complete with full size cooker and fridge, large flat screen TV offering satellite television, DVD player and a Playstation 3.

The Statesman’s have all of the creature comforts of home and much more.

For further details please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on 01603 782207 or visit our website on the link below http://www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk/cruiser-detail/broads-boating-holidays-fair-statesman

Fair Statesman

Brand New for Spring 2013

Fair Statesman

Fair Statesman being launched ready for hire.

Fair Statesman

Celebrating the launch of our New Fair Statesman 1

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The first of many inside images of Fair Statesman1

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Fair Statesman

Our New Fair Statesman 1

For further details please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on 01603 782207 or visit our website on the link below http://www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk/cruiser-detail/broads-boating-holidays-fair-statesman

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We are very proud of Carole Young our Head House Keeper. She has just received the House Keeper of the year award, presented by Camplings Laundry.

Carole Young, being presented by Tim Tyler of Camplings award for 2012 House Keeper of the Year.

Carole Young, being presented by Tim Tyler of Camplings award for 2012 House Keeper of the Year.

Recommended by both her team and ourselves, she was presented by Tim Tyler of Camplings, a certificate, bottle of bubbly and gift vouchers.

Well done to Carole and all her team for all their hard work throughout 2012.


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The Norfolk Broads, step into a secret world of big open skies and discover the unrivalled charms of Britain’s Magical Waterland. The beautiful Norfolk Broads were created by man in the medieval times and perfected by nature over centuries of change in the landscape and the very different interests that attract visitors to this popular holiday destination today.

A National Park in all but its name, they are a unique haven for a wonderful diversity of wildlife, tranquil meadows, woodland, reed marshes, rivers and broads, providing a unique habitat for some of Britain’s rarest species and protected as an area of natural beauty, this magical area is waiting to be discovered, what ever the weather and time of year.

During the cooler winter season we have a smaller selection of our Luxury Holiday Cruisers available, the Cruisers we have on offer have been selected to provide a cosy base for the ever changeable British climate.

Fair Princess- Luxury Eco-friendly, single level cruiser perfect for a couple, boasting all the creature comforts of home and much more, prices start from £470 for a mid-week or weekend short break, based on 2 people sharing

Fair  Princess

Fair Jubilee- Offering first class cruising, new for 2012, complete with whirlpool bath, separate shower, bow-thruster for easy manoeuvring and many more luxurious features, prices start from £535 for a mid-week or weekend short break based on 2 people sharing.

Fair Regent- A modern cruiser ideal for a couple or small family, single level throughout, offering a spacious bathroom with a large corner bath, prices start from £410 for a mid-week or weekend short break, based on 2-4 people sharing.

Fair Royale- Prestige cruising for four, offering fantastic views of the every changing Broads, with the option of driving from inside or out, prices start from £600 for a mid-week or weekend short break based on 4-6 people sharing.

Fair President- Prestige, luxurious cruiser with space and comfort in mind. Fitted out to a very high standard our Fair President is a real head turner. prices start from £775 for a mid-week or weekend short break based on 4-6 people sharing.

Fair Sovereign- Fitted out to the same standard as the Fair President, but just a little shorter in length.  prices start from £690 for a mid-week or weekend short break based on 4-6 people sharing.

Fair Commander- A traditional Broads cruiser, ideal for the larger family group or simply a group of friends wanting to relax and enjoy some peaceful fishing. prices start from £510 for a mid-week or weekend short break based on 4-6 people sharing.

For further details on any of our selection of Winter Holiday Cruisers, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our reception team on 01603 782207 or visit our website www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk

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Christmas on the Broads with Broads Tours Santa Cruises.

Experience an hour of family festive fun aboard our double-decker paddle boat the Vintage Broadsman. Santa,s Pixies will serve mince pies and mulled wine to the adults and soft drinks with a large festive cookie to all under 18 year olds.

Children can take part in our Seasonal Quiz and enter our colouring or drawing competition.  The excitement grows as Santa lands his sleigh on the roof with his sack full and overflowing with presents for all the children. He brings  special named presents for all 1 – 15 year olds.

Santa Cruise with Broads Tours

Enjoy a hour of festive fun with Broads Tours


Tickets are only £10.50 and under 1′s travel for FREE, presents are available for under 1’s if required for £4.50.

Our pixies have been very busy over the last few weeks making a winter wonderland on board The Vintage Broadsman and there really is no better way to get you in the festive spirit than enjoying a family fun trip on the Norfolk Broads.

So why not wrap up warm and enjoy an unforgettable experience with us.

Our trips depart Wroxham on Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd December or Sunday 2nd, 9th, 16th or 23rd December and Monday 24th December at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. (please note we are only running 2 trips on the 1st and 24th)  Booking is essential, with Santa Cruise Trips lasting an hour and sailing from Wroxham.

Broads Tours Santa Cruise

See Santa on the Norfolk Broads

For full details contact one of our very own Santa’s little helpers (flown in especially from the North Pole!) on 01603 782207 or visit our website www.broadstours.co.uk

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Our 2013 Holiday Brochure is here!

We have spent the last few months working very hard on our New 2013 Holiday Brochure. We are really pleased with the new look and have spent alot of time putting together a new section on Which Cruiser? aimed at trying to help our visitors make the right choice and have the very best holiday afloat or ashore in one of our popular waterside properties.

New 2013 Brochure

New for 2013; Fair Statesman, offering first class cruising for up to 8 people, dual steering with outside sunbathing area, comfortable high level seating area, spacious open plan saloon and galley with a convertible double berth in the saloon. The Statesman boast a further 3 double cabins and 3 separate toilet/shower compartments. For further details and prices visit www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk  or call a member of our helpful and knowledgeable reception team on 01603 782207

If you haven’t already received a copy and would like us to send you one please visit our website or click on this link and we will get one straight in the post to you. 

New 2013 Holiday Brochure

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Cordon Rouge under goes a winter make-over ready in preparation for the 2013 season

Over the last few months our popular Broad Tours, passenger trip boat The Cordon Rouge has been in our main workshop under going an extensive winter make-over.

Rouge having her winter make-over ready for 2013

Nick Rivett who usually can be seen at the helm as Skipper of  another of our trip boats ” The Queen of the Broads” has been at the fore front of the make-over, carrying out most of the sanding, welding and painting as well as suggested many of the new improvements.

Whilst she is has been in the wet dock, all of the topsides and outside seating areas have been sanded and repainted, the hand rails and boarding steps have all been replaced.

Rouge having her hull painted and awaiting a new bright red anti-foul

Once the top was finished she was ready to be lifted out of the water and sat down, for Nick to start the enormous task of sanding the 7oft hull. With a beam of 13ft 9″you can imagine that we have had to provide him with alot of strong coffee and feed him lots of chocolates and sweets.

The Cordon Rouge was originally built in Wakefield, and then fitted out by Broad Tours in 1987 and since then she has became a local landmark of the Northern Broads. Operating in and out of our Wroxham based boatyard, she is one of our more traditional passenger boats.

This year Nick has really put his mark on the Rouge bringing a new leash of life to her, reinstated the traditional Broads Tours colour scene on both the paint job and with the new design stickers.

The plan is to put her in the water for the end of next week, at this point we can begin the last stage of her make-over, with the inside having an extensive spring clean, new carpets and outside cushions the outside undercover seating areas are both have new roofs and vinyl side covers.

I haven’t mentioned to Nick that we plan to lift “The Queen of the Broads” out of the water after Christmas! I think that i’ll wait till he has enjoyed his well deserved Christmas break.

One of our Trip Boats, awaiting Nick’s magic touch!

We hope that you will be as excited as we are with her transformation? The Cordon Rouge will start her 2013 season from Easter on-wards and is available for private charter, ideal for wedding celebrations, work social events or a family celebration, for further details on helping you plan a special event contact us on 01603 782207

For full details on all our themed music evenings and special events visit www.broadstours.co.uk


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With the second moulding on order for Fair Statesman 2, we are well underway with the build of number 1.

All of the 3 double cabins have been fitted out, saloon and galley are currently being worked on.

Forward Cabin

We are committed to using  and supporting local suppliers and tradesman; Jeckells have been busy with the head linings  Wind-Boats measure and cut the teak and holly flooring, whilst Marine Industrial supply most of the consumables and all things sticky.

The main bulk of the boat building is now finished and we are just waiting to add the finishing touches.

Saloon of Fair Statesman

The Statesman Cruisers will be available from Easter on-wards, with prices starting from £100 per person for either a weekend or mid-week break. We are now taking bookings for 2013 and are very pleased with the interest the Statesman is attracting. For full details check out our website http://www.norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk or follow the link

Fair Statesman, New 2013

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