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February 2022 Newsletter

From what I can tell, the level of bookings for the summer, is about the same as this time last year. I didn't expect that, as I guessed more people would holiday abroad now that UK testing has been relaxed. It suggest some of the first time visitors to the Broads, have fallen in love with the area, and are ready to revisit at least one more time. The summer school holidays always sell out no matter what's happening elsewhere. Availability is still good, with choices to satisfy most requirements. And as this is the peak period for bookings, I thought it worthwhile to list a few options of what you can still book during the first two weeks of August.
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Exterior of boat

Ruby Gem 4 berths
From Stalham
 4 nights 
2nd August

£645

Boat exterior

Antigua - 6 berths
From Stalham
 4 nights 
1st August
£1202

Boat exterior

Fair Monarch - 6 berths
From Wroxham
 4 nights 
1st August

£1842

Boat exterior

Brinks Jazz 4 berths
From Wroxham
 7 nights
29th July

£989

Boat exterior

Brinks Quartet - 6 berths
From Wroxham
 7 nights 
1st August
£2099

Boat exterior

Supreme 9 berths
From Stalham
 7 nights 
1st August
£841

Boat exterior

Concerto 4 berths
From Stalham
 4 nights 
8th August
£860

Boat exterior

Moon Voyager 8 berths
From Stalham
 4 nights 
8th August
£2031

Boat exterior

Brinks Romany-1  9 berths
From Wroxham
 4 nights 
9th August
£1419

Boat exterior

Gardenia Girl 4 berths
From Wroxham
 7 nights 
6th August
£1633

Boat exterior

Brinks Serenade - 6 berths
From Wroxham
7 nights
5th August

£2355

Boat exterior

Carousel 6 berths
From Stalham
 7 nights
6th August

£2903

Prices shown are the accommodation charges taken from the Hoseasons reservation system, and do not include damage waiver, fuel deposit or personal insurance. Prices are correct at the time of writing but remain subject to change. Full terms and conditions available on the Hoseasons website

Easter, Early May & Platinum Bank Holiday Availability

Bookings are motoring ahead for the first three public holidays of the year - Easter, Early May and especially the Queen's Platinum Jubilee holiday, which includes an additional day) . So rather than search for a boat type first, use the new Bank Holiday search tool instead. Select a public holiday, how many people in your party and for how many nights you want to be away to list what's still available by date instead.

Click here

Wroxham Boatyard still offering 20% Discounts on
May Day 4 night breaks.

boats for hire Early May Bank Holiday

We've spotted up to 20% discounts on boating holidays of 4 nights, starting from Wroxham, on the 2nd or 3rd May 2022. That's a huge saving for breaks over a public holiday.

For example, you can save £145 on Brinks Sonnet, a 5 berth cruiser (first image), and £167 on Rexmore, an 8 berth cruiser (second image). The boatyard has a range of cruisers, from 2 to 12 berths, all of which are discounted.

If you can fit a break in over the Early May Bank Holiday. you could save a substantial sum. Check what's available now, by clicking the following button.

(A full list of available boats, and their discounts, can be found half way down the page you are presented with)

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Norfolk Broads Towns and Villages - Loddon

Oveerlooking Ranworth Broad

The small market town of Loddon lies on the River Chet, a 4 mile long river feeding into the River Yare on the southern Broads and is well worth a visit if you are holidaying on the rivers south of Yarmouth. The junction of the Chet and Yare can be found on the left hand bank a short distance upstream from Reedham Ferry. The Chet is fairly narrow at its junction with the Yare so care needs to be taken here to avoid the posts which guide you away from the shelving bank. Further in it widens a little and should cause no problems when passing oncoming craft. Moorings are available at two locations in the town, the first of which you will come across just at the river reaches its outskirts. These moorings are on a grassed meadow and are very attractive. However the town centre itself is a mile or so walk away and if you are wanting to use its services you would be better of mooring at the basin at the head of the river. You will pass numerous boatyards on your right but do not be tempted to moor as the walk to the centre from here is significantly longer. Continue until you come across the basin where you need to moor stern-on. The rise and fall here is 2ft 6inches so allow enough rope when mooring. Although addressed collectively as Loddon, the town is actually Loddon and Chedgrave. The walk up the hill to your left from the moorings takes you to Loddon. Interestingly, if you had walked in the opposite direction from the mooring basin, you would have been in Chedgrave.

Local Attractions: The fine Holy Trinity Church was built in the 15th century and can be found at the centre of the town just off High Street and past the Co-op Supermarket as you walk up from the moorings. Loddon High Street has many shops and a supermarket and with its fine Georgian and Victorian buildings still intact, it makes for an interesting walk. Around 1 mile downstream from the moorings is Hardley Flood. This area of shallow lagoons and reed beds formed in the 1940s is a pleasant walk mostly alongside the river. This is an excellent spot from which to view the wading birds, but, additionally, Marsh Harriers, Owls, Woodpeckers and the like can also be seen on occasion. A Loddon Farmers market is held every other Saturday. For more information click HERE

Eating and Drinking: Kings Head - Restaurant and bar food. Regular live music at weekends. Swan Inn - Restaurant and bar food. Rosie Lee's Tea Room - opposite the moorings. Turn right when leaving the moorings towards Chedgrave. The White Horse which offers a restaurant and bar food and regular evening entertainment is a 5 minute walk away.

Other Services: Newsagent, general stores and gift shop - opposite the moorings Co-op Stores - small supermarket. Butchers - village centre. Fish and chips and a Chinese takeaway opposite the Co-op Supermarket. Doctor's surgery. Boots Chemist on High Street. Barclays Bank on Church Plain - just past the Co-op Supermarket. Public toilets and waste disposal available at the staithe. TIP: We can recommend Limms fish and chip shop which is situated up the hill to your left from the moorings. An untried Chinese takeaway is located next door to it.

For more information and locations consult our Loddon map

David Hearn

Owner and Proprietor

Tet: 01132 550515 
Website: norfolkbroadsboathire.biz 


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