Spring 2018 Newsletter

barneshead3.pngWelcome to our Spring Newsletter, our first of the 2018 season.

We’ve had a busy winter building another four of our Brinks Serenades, along with an extensive maintenance programme for the rest of the fleet, the self catering properties & the day boats.

Work has almost finished on Riverside Marina where we have installed new pontoons with water and electricity, and we now have additional car parking which will provide much needed space on busy turnaround days and for boats looking to visit Wroxham during the week.

The first week of the season coincided with the ‘Beast from the East’ making an appearance, but we still had some customers eager to get out and enjoy their time on the Broads.  Thank you to Dave B who provided this photograph from his recent holiday.

Photo from customer Dave B

Photo from customer Dave B

During the winter months we have been making some improvements to our website (more of that below) but one of the features we have now added is ‘Customer Reviews’ to all of our Boats & Holiday Homes.  These are honest reviews which we hope will help you when making a decision prior to your booking.

Easter is early this year, just two weeks away but there is still time to book a cruiser or one of our self catering holiday homes to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend or the school holidays – we do have a couple of ‘Offers’ on during this period.

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet

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Last autumn we acquired the ex Alphacraft boats from Brundall.  Some of these boats are now incorporated into our fleet and others we are selling via our sister company ‘Norfolk Boat Sales’.
If you fancy owning your own boat, take a look at their website to see if there is anything you fancy!

 

2018 LOGODates for your diary!

Saturday 5th May – Horning Boat Show – The village bi-annual boat show where you can view boats on the water and also on the land.  A whole host of stalls & stands will keep you busy and there is entertainment throughout the day.   10.00 – 17.00

Saturday 19th May – Brundall Boat Show – Hosted by Norfolk Boat Sales & Norfolk Yacht Agency on the marinas at Riverside Road in Brundall.  There will be over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, and plenty of the local marine businesses exhibiting with everything you could possibly need for this coming boating season, along with delicious food & drink and entertainment throughout the day.  A water taxi will transport you free of charge between the two sites.  09.00 – 17.00

SpringSpecial Offers

We currently have several ‘Offers’ on our website, for example:-

 

  •     Save 15% on self catering breaks in April & May
  •     An ‘early season saver’ on selected boats in April & May ’18
  •     Book your 2019 holiday at 2018 prices & get an early booking discount of 5%  too

Please visit the website for full details of these & other offers & late availability – remember if you have holidayed with us before & rebook direct you will also receive one of our delicious ‘Loyalty Hampers’

Plan Your Holiday

During the winter months we have been going through the feedback forms that our customers have returned to us after their holidays, and the most repeated request was to have more information about planning their holiday before they arrive.

With this in mind, we have added a new ‘tab’ to our website menu to help you with planning your holiday before you arrive.

In previous years we added an interactive map which is still available to use and which we are constantly adding to and updating.  In addition to this we have also added a ‘distance calculator’ to help you work out how long your trips will take, a suggested route for both a short break and weekly holiday.  We hope that you will find these ‘tools’ useful.

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Brundall Boat Show – May 19th 2018

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The Brundall Boat Show will be held again this year on May 19th, from 10.00am – 5.00pm

The show will held across the 3 largest marinas in Brundall, Norfolk Boat Sales, Norfolk Yacht Agency and Broom Boats.  You can expect to see over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, the show affords a unique opportunity to compare many different types of craft.

Alongside boats on the water, some of the local marine businesses will also be represented alongside other boating focused exhibitors. There will be key events scheduled throughout the day across the three main marinas, alongside food and entertainment.

A full list of exhibitors will be published shortly – please watch our news page or Facebook for more information.

If you would like to exhibit at this event, please contact Kerry on 07801 589627 or email for more information.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times – 2017

MONDAY 18TH TO FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER  -  8AM TO 5PM

SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER CLOSED
SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER CLOSED
MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER CLOSED
TUESDAY 26TH DECEMBER CLOSED
WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER CLOSED

THURSDAY 28TH DECEMBER  -  10AM TO 4PM
FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER  -  10AM TO 2PM
SATURDAY 30TH DECEMBER  -  10AM TO 2PM

SUNDAY 31ST DECEMBER CLOSED
MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2018 CLOSED

TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY  -  10AM TO 2PM
WEDNESDAY 3RD JANUARY  -  10AM TO 2PM

THURSDAY 4TH JANUARY – NORMAL WORKING HOURS 8AM TO 5PM

Christmas Jumper Day – 15th December ’17

xmas juThis year we are taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December to raise money for Save The Children.

The team at Barnes will be wearing their Christmas woollies and we’d love you to take part too!

We are asking if you would make a donation via our fund raising page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/barnesbrinkcraft and then post your Christmas Jumper photo on our Facebook page – at the end of the day we will pick a winning jumper and the person wearing it will receive a voucher for £50 off their next holiday with us.

Our target is £100 – we really hope you will help us hit it!  target-image

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

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Here we are at the end of another season which seems to have  passed in a flash, no time at all since we were preparing the fleet for Easter.

It’s been a busy season, with four new Elite boats being added to the fleet, 2 of the 28’6 Brinks Encores and 2 of the 39′ Brinks Serenades and of course the 9 additional boats we bought from Royalls boatyard. In September we added 3 new self catering properties ‘The River Views‘, which are situated in our marina opposite the boatyard and ideal if you want a really quiet holiday.

In the Spring we bought neighbouring ‘Riverside Marina’ which was looking very run down and neglected.  During the summer we have invested considerable time and money installing new quay heading and pontoons, water, electricity and additional car parking. Improving the marina will provide extra space for our growing fleet and provide
some much needed additional moorings for private boats too.

If you would like information on our private moorings in Wroxham, please contact Kerry who will be happy to help.

In September we said ‘goodbye’ to Margaret our Office Manager who had worked in the office for many years, she has now retired and is looking forward to spending time in her caravan on the coast – we all wish her a Happy Retirement.

SheilaSheila Scott who was our Senior Administrator has   now   taken the position on Office Manager, working   with   Karen who many of you will already know and our new bookings assistant Donna.

 

 

 

 

SaraWe are also joined by Sara who has taken on the   role of   Customer Services Manager.  Sara has a wealth of experience in the hire boat industry previously working at  Blakes Boating.  Sara takes   a keen interest in customers holiday experiences &
is your point of contact if you have any suggestions on how we can improve your Norfolk Broads holiday.

To meet the rest of our team – please visit the website


Self Catering Winter Breaks

New exteriorWe are offering a 15% discount on all self catering holidays taken from now until the 21st December ’17.

Why not come to Wroxham to do your Christmas shopping at Roys – everything you need in one place with no hassle parking!

You could do a spot of fishing, the Pike are biting with fishermen reporting some good catches already this year.  All of our properties have direct access to the river, so you can fish without having to go anywhere.

Or of course you could choose to do absolutely nothing, just relax and put your feet up and enjoy the Norfolk Broads during the quietest time.

All of our properties are available for weekly or short breaks and a Day Boat included in the cost of your booking for the duration of your stay.

Christmas & New Year On The Norfolk Broads

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Christmas Opening Hours

Are you thinking of doing something different this year for Christmas or  New Year?

When you book your seasonal self catering break with us, we will have a delicious Hamper of locally sourced food & treats, a bottle of Bubbly and decorated Christmas Tree ready for you on arrival.

We have properties for families and groups of all sizes, from cosy 2 bed to our interlinking Daisy Broad Lodges which will sleep up to 20 people in total.

Included in the price of your holiday or short break is a FREE DAY BOAT for the duration of your stay!

2018 Brochure

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in this years photography competition, we had some beautiful entries and it was so hard to choose but we had to, and the winning entries can be seen in our new 2018 brochure.  The winners all received vouchers for £150 to put towards their next holiday – we look forward to seeing you again soon.

You can view all entries in this years photography competition in our Online Customer Album.

To request a copy of next years brochure, either give us a call on 01603 782625 or complete our online form – either way, we’ll soon have one on it’s way to you.

2018 Offers On Norfolk Broads Boating & Self Catering Holidays   

offersSave 5% on our brochure price for all 2018 bookings made before 28th February ’18.

Save 20% On Midweek Short Breaks On Boating Holidays. Book a midweek break and get a 20% discount on breaks from from 16th April until 22nd May 2018.

2 Week Holiday – ‘Super Saver’ – Book a 2 week holiday and save 15% on the lowest priced week.  Applies to both boating holidays & self catering.

For holidays booked and paid for direct on our website, you will enjoy an additional £10 discount over telephone bookings.

Customer Loyalty Scheme

Customer Loyalty Hampers

Customer Loyalty Hampers

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.

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.

And Finally …….

A few weeks ago we purchased the ex Alpha Craft fleet from Brundall.  If you are interested in purchasing an ex-hire boat, please take a look at our sister company website Norfolk Boat Sales.

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Tim & Pru on the Norfolk Broads

Great Canal Journeys – well, not quite a canal journey but Tim & Pru explore the waterways of the Norfolk Broads, discovering the area’s unique way of life, its ruins, fens, marshes and woodlands.

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Tim & Pru explore the Norfolk Broads

Click Here to watch the Channel 4 programme which is centered around the northern Broads and Breydon Water at Great Yarmouth.

Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies

We are looking people to join our team at Barnes Brinkcraft in Wroxham.  Applicants should be interested in boats, fit and active, reliable, prepared to work weekends and like working with the public.

Boatyard Operative
Duties will include washing boats, ‘trial runs’, and attending to boat yard services.  This is a full time, permanent position with immediate start.

For more information please email daniel@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Receptionist
Working in the front office, duties will include checking in Customers as they arrive for their holidays, taking telephone bookings, and general administration.  This is a part time seasonal job with immediate start.

For more information please email margaret@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Cleaners & Linen Staff
We require staff to join our friendly Housekeeping team, cleaning both our fleet of hire Cruisers and self catering Lodges & Apartments.  Experience not necessary as training will be given.  This is a seasonal job with immediate start.

For more information please contact Sharon on 07867 980137 

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales sponsor young Kart star

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales are pleased to be sponsoring up and coming young Kart star Liam Hurrell.

Liam, at the age of 12 has now moved onto Junior TKM National Super One series. After three years in Honda Cadet achieving double Club Champion last year, he now wants to raise the bar and push for success at the top level of Karting.

See our Facebook page for updates.

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Day Boats re-opening for Mothers Day, Sunday 26th March

Our Day Boat site is re-opening on Sunday 26th March just in time for Mothers Day.

Treat your mum to a relaxing day out on the Norfolk Broads with a picnic or lunch at one of the lovely riverside Pubs – we’ll even help towards the cost of your day out with a money saving voucher (download here)

Booking is recommended as this is always a busy day!   01603 782625

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