February 2017 Newsletter

barnesheadFebruary Half Term Offers

We have some great offers on our self catering accommodation over the February half term week, with 3 or 4 night short breaks from just £404 or a week from just £560.  Each property has the use of a Dayboat free of charge for the duration of your stay, and remember if you have booked with us before you will receive a delicious Hamper full of locally produced treats!

We can be flexible with start days, just get in touch with our friendly booking office team and they will be pleased to help – you can call on 01603 782625, email or contact us via our new ‘online chat’

whats onThere’s lots going on in the area during half term, take a look at our Blog for some ideas on how to keep the whole family happy.

 

 

New Boats – Brinks Serenade & Brinks Encore

Brinks Serenade is one of our our new cruisers for the 2017 season.  39′ Long, with 4+2 berths, modern & stylish lines combined with a very comfortable interior and the the latest technology, we are sure this boat will be prove to be very popular with families and couples alike.

Brinks Encore is a smaller 28′ cruiser with 2+2 berths, a classic design single level cruiser wth a light, modern interior.  Forward drive, twin sliding sunroof, wide side decks and easy access from the bow and stern make this boat extremely easy to handle and ideal for couples or first timers on
the water.

Both boats are now available to book via our website.

Barnes Brinkcraft now incorporating Royalls Boatyard

During January, we were pleased to announce that we had bought neighbouring boatyard ‘Royalls’ after the retirement of Nigel & Sara Royall at the end of last season.  The nine cruisers will be incorporated into our fleet and we are pleased to be honouring all holidays that have been pre-booked by Royalls.

If you were a Royalls customer previously and have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

We all wish Nigel & Sara a happy retirement which I am sure you will agree is well earnt after more than 50 years providing holidays on the Norfolk Broads.

Read our full press release here

2017 Offers On Norfolk Broads Boating & Self Catering Holidays 

  • Save 5% on our brochure price for 2016 bookings made before 29th February ’17.
  • Save 20% On Midweek Short Breaks On Boating Holidays
  •   Book a midweek break and get a 20% discount on breaks from from 11th April until  24th May 2017.
  • 2 Week Boating Holiday – ‘Super Saver’ – Book a 2 week holiday and save 15% on the lowest priced week.
  • For holidays booked and paid for direct on our website, you will enjoy an additional £10 discount over telephone bookings.

Special-OfferPlease see our ‘Offers’ page on the website for all currents offers & late availability.

 

 

 

 

Customer Loyalty Scheme

Our Customer Loyalty Scheme is really popular with our returning guests.  If you have previously holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and rebook with us direct, you will receive a delicious local food Hamper supplied by Tavern Tasty.  This will be delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

Customer Loyalty Hampers

Customer Loyalty Hampers

When booking, if you have moved house or your previous booking was with family and friends under a different name, please advise us so that we can make sure you get the Hamper you are entitled to on arrival.

 

 

 

 


Share Your Holiday Photos

We love to see your holiday photographs, if you’ve had a great time and would like to share your pictures with us, email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Wednesday 23rd December          8am – 5pm
Thursday 24th, Christmas Eve       CLOSED
Friday 25th, Christmas Day           CLOSED
Saturday 26th, Boxing Day            CLOSED
Sunday 27th December                 CLOSED

Monday 28th December                 CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December                10am – 2pm
Wednesday 30th December           10am – 2pm
Thursday 31st, New Years Eve        10am – 2pm
Friday 1st January, New Years Day  CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January                   CLOSED
Sunday 3rd January                      CLOSED

Monday 4th January                      CLOSED
Tuesday 5th January                     8am – 5pm
Normal working hours resume

All e-mails will be answered on the next working day (as above)

June Newsletter

JUNE NEWSLETTER
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As we are writing this newsletter we are lucky enough to have wall to wall
blue sky and sunshine – and what’s more it is set to continue over the
weekend and well into next week!

With a weather forecast like this, we wanted to offer you something special
to tempt you out onto the water, so we have taken a whopping 25% OFF
our brochure prices for Cruiser hire on all short breaks and weekly holidays
starting between now and the 11th of June.

book now

To take advanted of these discounted rates and check availability,
call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email
bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Customer Loyalty Scheme

Last month we were pleased to announce our new
Customer Loyalty Scheme.  All customers who have previously
holidayed with us in the past 4 years, & who rebook with us direct,
will receive a delicious local food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.
This will be delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival
for the start of your holiday. 

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There are two tiers to the scheme:

Thank You HamperFor hire terms up to £600
Hamper includes:- Small loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon, ham,
seasonal fruit and chocolate brownies.

Welcome Back Hamper – For Hire Terms from £601
Hamper includes:- Large loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon,
chipolata sausages, ham, mushrooms, vine tomatoes, salad leaves,
salad dressing, seasonal fruit, local apple juice and chocolate
brownies.

If you have any queries regarding the new Loyalty Scheme, please
contact Mags on 01603 782625 who will be happy to help.

Day Boat & Canoe Hire

Our day boats are now very busy at weekends so if you are planning
a special day out with friends or family, please call ahead and
pre-book to avoid disappointment. 01603 782625 – option 2.

Don’t forget you can enjoy a quiet 2 hour early morning cruise from
8.30am-10.30am or an early evening cruise from 6pm-8pm for just
£20.   Local deli ‘Bouchon’ can put together a delicious picnic for
you and even provide the wine if you like – just give them a call
on 01603 784990.

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Bosuns Locker

Have you taken a look inside our ‘Bosuns Locker‘?  With the help of
local suppliers we have put together some delicious treats which can
be delivered free of charge to the boatyard prior to your arrival.
These are hampers full of locally sourced foods, carefully selected
wines and celebration items including mouth watering Sponge cakes
from our friends at ‘Sponge’.

Barnes Brinkcraft supporting MNDA

On the 28th August, Daniels wife Sara will be cycling 300 miles in 4
days (London – Brussels) to raise money for MNDA
(Motor Neurone Disease Association).

This is a very worthy cause and we are pleased to be supporting the
charity.  If you are able to help by sponsoring Sara, please visit her
fundraising page where you can make an online donation.

Ironman Triathlon ‘Joe Skipper’

Local man Joe Skipper competes in Ironman Triathlons at professional
level- take a look at his blog for more information.

 
Share Your Holiday Photos

We love to see your holiday photographs, if you’ve had a great time
and would like to share your pictures with us, email them to
kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our Facebook & Twitter
pages.

 Carl Wilson and family 

This photograph is from Carl Wilson & his family who holidayed on
‘Brinks Superstar’ – looks like they had fun (even the lady with the
cast is smiling!) 

Thanks for sending this in Carl, there will be a bottle of Bubbly
with your name on it next time you take a holiday with us.

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May Newsletter

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At last, Spring has arrived on the Broads and as we are writing our newsletter the sun is out and the sky is clear, it’s a really beautiful day.  The Bank Holiday is just around the corner and it looks as if the good weather is going to continue so we can all enjoy the sunshine.

We do have lots to tell you this month, so grab a coffee and sit back for a good read!

May Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s not too late to get away, so if you haven’t yet made plans for the weekend, we do still have limited availability on our Cruiser Hire.  We have discounted our few remaining boats by 25% on normal tariff prices – so make the most of the long weekend and get out on the water.

To take advanted of these discounted rates, call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email  bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Customer Loyalty Scheme

We are pleased to announce our new Customer Loyalty Scheme which will start on the weekend of 3rd May.  All customers who have previously holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and who rebook with us direct, will receive a delicious local food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.  This will be delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

There are two tiers to the scheme:

Thank You HamperFor hire terms up to £600
Hamper includes:- Small loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon, ham, seasonal fruit and chocolate brownies.

Welcome Back Hamper – For Hire Terms from £601
Hamper includes:- Large loaf, butter, free range eggs, bacon, chipolata sausages, ham, mushrooms, vine tomatoes, salad leaves, salad dressing, seasonal fruit, local apple juice and chocolate brownies.

If you have any queries regarding the new Loyalty Scheme, please contact Mags on 01603 782625 who will be happy to help.

May Booking Offer

Up until the 21st May we are offering a ’3 level discount’ on holidays booked:

  • Book 15-21 days before departure – receive 10% discount on brochure prices
  • Book 8 – 14 days before departure – receive 20% discount on brochure prices
  • Book 0-7 days before departure – receive 25% discount on brochure prices

These discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and of course are subject to availability.  We know it’s tempting to leave it until the last minute but with the good weather forecast to continue – don’t leave it too late and miss out!

Call our booking office on 01603 782625 to make your booking, these discounts cannot be applied online.

Horning Boat Show

This coming Saturday (4th May) the first Horning Boat Show will be will be held in the village.  Barnes Brinkcraft will be exhibiting so please do pop along and see us at our stand on the village green.  There is lots going on throughout the day for the whole family, parking and entry is free and we are holding a free prize draw.  Open 10.00am – 5.00pm

Norfolk Boat Sales Open Day

On Sunday 5th May Norfolk Boat Sales are holding an Open Day at their Brundall & Wroxham offices.  If you have have ever fancied owning your own boat, this is an ideal chance to have a look around the wide range of new and used boats for sale, they even sell some of our ex-hire craft which are always popular.  If you are already own a boat and are thinking of selling or changing, they do offer a full brokerage service.  Open 10.00am – 5.00pm

Bosuns Locker

Have you taken a look inside our ‘Bosuns Locker‘?  With the help of local suppliers we have put together some delicious treats which can be delivered free of charge to the boatyard prior to your arrival.  Hampers are full of locally sourced foods, carefully selected wines and celebration items including mouth watering Sponge cakes from our friends at ‘Sponge’ who are offering Barnes Brinkcraft customers 10% discount on orders until the end of May.

Day Boat & Canoe Hire

Our day boat office will open all over the Bank Holiday weekend and because of the weather forecast we are expecting to be really busy.  Don’t be disappointed, give Ian a call and reserve your boat  01603 782625 – option 2.

Don’t forget you can enjoy a quiet 2 hour early morning cruise from 8.30am-10.30am or an early evening cruise from 6pm-8pm for just £20.  Local business ‘Bouchon’ can put together a delicious picnic for you from their deli, even providing the wine if you like – just give them a call on 01603 784990.

Sara’s 3 City Cycle Ride, London – Brussels

On the 28th August Sarah Thwaites will be cycling 300 miles in 4 days (London – Brussels) to raise money for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

This is a very worthy cause and Barnes Brinkcraft will be supporting her, if you are able to help by sponsoring Sara, please visit her fundraising page where you can make an online donation.

Share Your Holiday Photos

We love to see your holiday photographs, if you’ve had a great time and would like to share your pictures with us, email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

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Help Raise Money for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association)

Sara Thwaites is raising money for MNDA (motor neurone disease association) by cycling 110 miles from London to Brussells – via the North Sea ferry.

Also to raise money for the charity a Quiz Night is being held in Neatishead Village Hall on Saturday 8th June at 7.00pm.  Tickets are £8 each and include chilli con carne/veggie chilli. Come along individually or make up a table of 6.

Raffle prizes are also needed!

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Sara on 01692 535238 or 07920 841045.  Online donations/sponsorship can be made via www.doitforcharity.com/SThwaites

An Early Christmas Present !

As an early Christmas present we have decided to take £75 off our weekly holiday prices and £35 off our short break prices for holidays on the following three boats:-

The discounts apply to holidays taken between the 27th July and 31st August 2013.  Simply book your summer holiday by the 28th February 2013 to take advantage of these discounts.

Brinks Omega Sleeps 2+2, stylish cruiser with large aft cockpit which is perfect for al fresco dining or fishing.

Brinks Prelude Sleeps 5+3, spacious family boat with lots of room

Brinks Aries Sleeps 2+2, a traditional aft cockpit cruiser which will pass under all Broads bridges (subject to tide)

Please call our booking line on 01603 782625 to get this discount applied to your holiday booking!

Discounts apply to new bookings only. 

Winter & Christmas Opening Hours

Please note our normal working hours during the Winter Season

Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm

Saturday – 9am to 4pm

Sunday – Closed

All e-mails will be answered on the next working day (as above)

OUR OPENING HOURS OVER CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Saturday 22nd December    9am to 4pm

Sunday 23rd December    CLOSED
Monday 24th December    CLOSED
Tuesday 25th December    CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December    CLOSED
Thursday 27th December    CLOSED

Friday 28th December    10am to 2pm    
Saturday 29th December    9am to 4pm

Sunday 30th December    CLOSED

Monday 31st December    CLOSED
Tuesday 1st January    CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January    10am to 2pm
Thursday 3rd January    8am to 5pm    Normal Opening Hours

Christmas Accommodation – 8 Nights for the price of 7

This is the last of our availability for Christmas, Rivers View is available from Friday 21st until Saturday 29th December.  Our normal hire terms are £675 but we have discounted this to just £472.50

Waterside Property for Christmas

Rivers View  is a self catering apartment within our Boathouse which has been built to a nautical theme and equipped to the highest standard.  Rivers View can sleep up to four people in two bedrooms, each with their own en-suite and their own private access out onto the lower sun-deck.  This property is perfect for families or for two couples sharing.
Designed in an’ upside down’ style, the open plan living area is on the first floor, with patio doors leading to a furnished glass-sided balcony, providing lovely views out over the water. Perfect for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.

The Boathouse

 

During your stay you will have the use of a free day launch (subject the weather conditions)

For further details on these properties please contact a member of our reception team on 01603 782625.

Barnes Brinkcraft win Hoseasons Awards

We are delighted to have won the award for ‘Exceptional Quality & Outstanding Customer Service’ at this weeks Blakes & Hoseasons AGM. Barnes Brinkcraft were also presented with an award for 40 years of Partnership Excellence.

Daniel & Jill Thwaites with their Hosesons Awards presented this week

Director, Daniel Thwaites said “this is a great achievement and we are very proud to have won this award.  The whole team here at Barnes Brinkcraft works hard throughout the year to ensure that our Customers have the very best Norfolk Broads holiday experience.”

The Norfolk Broads offer a relaxing holiday like no other

Since the time the when railways arrived in Norfolk, the Norfolk Broads have been the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday unlike no other.

The first holiday makers took their holidays on pleasure wherries which were an adaption of the old trading wherry which sailed over the whole lengths of the Broads carrying cargo.
Pleasure wherries were fitted out luxuriously for the enjoyment of Edwardian families – and some even had a grand piano in front of the mast.  Today you won’t find many pianos, but you will find the same genteel atmosphere as you drift along at your own pace, with grassy banks and bird calls adding to the tranquility.

Beautiful and tranquil - the Norfolk Broads

The secret to appreciating this is not to try to see the whole of the Broads a set time, or be too rigid about getting from A to B in a day.  If you can’t get to a town or village, just throw out the mud weight and spend the night in the middle of the Broad, watching the beautiful sunsets, enjoying the huge Norfolk starry night skies and drifting off to sleep to the sound of lapping water.  Waking up on the river is a wonderful experience too – if you’ve never eaten a fried breakfast on the water, you’ve haven’t lived. We guarantee the smell of frying bacon will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Fishing at sunset

And, don’t worry about the kids having nothing to do, they will enjoy the sense of adventure of being isolated and having to fend for themselves. The Broads is a great place for youngsters to learn to fish, it is one of the great angling centres of the country.  Even adults can imagine they’re in Swallow and Amazons territory.

Our boatyard staff live on the Norfolk Broads and know all secrets to an away from it all holiday, so ask them for advice on where to go, locals walks, what to see and where to find a quiet mooring.

The main villages of Wroxham and Horning can be quite busy but just an hour or so on the river and you’re in another world.

We have small cruisers for just two, or larger cruisers for families or group of friends that will sleep up to twelve people.  Take a look at our range of cruisers to find one that would suit your needs or give our experienced booking staff a call who can help ensure that this is one holiday that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Call 01603 782625   Email bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk