Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Our Christmas opening times for 2016 are as follows:

Thursday 22nd December – 8am to 5pm

Friday 23rd December -  CLOSED
Saturday 24th December – CLOSED
Monday 26th December – CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December – CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December – 9am to 4pm
Thursday 29th December – 10am to 2pm
Friday 30th December – 10am to 4pm
Saturday 31st December – CLOSED
Monday 2nd January 2017 – CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January – 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 4th January – Normal winter opening hours.

If you wish to contact us during the Christmas & New Year holiday, please email us and we will reply on the next working day.

Ex Hire Boats For Sale

Have you been holidaying on the Norfolk Broads for years and dreamt of owning your own boat?

This winter we are selling two boats from our fleet ‘Brink of Joy’ & ‘Brinks Sonata’ – both boats are ideal first time boats as they are easy to handle and maintain.

We have moorings available in our marina in the centre of Wroxham from just £2040 per year.


For Sale, Alpha 29 – ex Brink of Joy

Alpha 29′ – Ex ‘Brink of Joy’

This is a very practical cruiser all on one level, offering easy boarding access via both the front and back wells. The saloon and galley provide a great open plan space that is light and airy and benefits from a split opening sunroof. This is a very spacious two berth cruiser (+2 berths) with the added bonus of the large wash-room and bath, which is great if you have small children.

Sale Price  £39,950


For sale, Sumatra 755 ex Brinks Sonata

Sumatra 755 – Ex ‘Brinks Sonata’

A chic, sporty and fun cruiser offering great outside space. Fitted with an economical 28hp diesel engine, this boat is perfect for weekends and short breaks.

Good specification including heating, invertor. Electric arch bringing air draft down to 7.2ft allowing passage under most bridges. Clean and tidy ready to cruise.

Sale Price  £19,950

If you would like more information on either of these boats, please contact our sales office on 01603 781178 who will be happy to help.

Autumn/Winter Newsletter


Autumn/Winter Newsletter

It doesn’t seem possible that we have come to end of another season, but with a real ‘nip’ in the air in the mornings now and the nights getting longer, all the boats will be heading back to the yard for the winter at the end of half term week.

Remember our riverside self catering accommodation is available to rent all year round, so you need not wait until Spring for your next Norfolk Broads ‘fix’.

It was a really busy season for us and the lovely weather lasted well into the late summer.  In July Brinks Rhapsody 3   was launched, which with it’s sleek good looks and electric hybrid propulsion making cruising super quiet, proved really popular with our customers. Work is underway for next year with new boats being added to the fleet, Brinks Serenade, a 4+2 berth and
Brinks Encore  a 2+2 berth.  We will be taking photographs throughout the build and posting them on our Facebook
page, so do keep an eye on how we are getting on.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our 2017 Brochure photo competition this year, we had some fantastic entries and some of these can be seen in our new brochure.  To see all of the entries, please go to our online Album.  The winners will receive a voucher for £150 off their next holiday.

Christmas & New Year 

We have got just one property left for Christmas week, ‘Grebe
one of the Daisy Broad Lodges which can sleep up to 10 people.  We will take care of the Christmas tree for you, and there will be a hamper full of delicious local, seasonal foods for you to enjoy.  On top of all that, you have the use of a Day Launch for the duration of your stay*.

* Subject to weather conditions.

We do still have availability for New Year in the Daisy Broad Lodges, from the 28th December to the 4th of January.  ‘Coot’ and ‘Grebe’ have an inter-connecting door and can sleep up to 20 people – why not get all of your friends and family together for a really big celebration!

To book, call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email the office

3 Really Good Reasons To Book Your 2017 Holiday NOW!

1 .  Early Booking Discount
Save 5% on our brochure price if you book before 28th February ’17. If you book your holiday on-line via our website, you will also get a further £10 discount.

2.   Make Sure You Get Your Favourite Boat
The longer you leave it to book, the less likely you are to get your first choice of boat on your preferred dates. Booking early means you can put your mind at rest that your summer holiday is taken care of.

3.  Spread The Cost – Pay In Instalments To Suit You!
Take advantage of the early booking discounts and then spread the cost of your holiday by paying it off in installments that suit you.

Remember, if you have holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and rebook with us direct with us you will also receive one of our
‘Welcome Back Loyalty Hampers’ which are delivered to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

To book, call our booking office on 01603 782625 or email the office.

For Sale

This winter we will be selling two boats from our fleet ‘Brink of Joy’ & ‘Brinks Sonata’.  Both will be sold from our sister company Norfolk Boat Sales  and will be available from early November.  For more details please check their website  or call 01603 781178 – option 1.

Web Site Updates

Over the next few weeks you will notice changes being made to our website.  We are adding interactive floor plans to all of our self catering properties and updating photographs which we hope will help you when making your choice to book.

For boating holidays we are updating each boat listed with new
photographs and clearly showing which boats have extras such as bow thrusters fitted.

Remember, if you need any help at all when deciding which property or boat to book, our friendly staff are available to offer help and assistance.

Childrens Activity Book Competitions

All children who came on holiday with us this summer will have received one of our childrens activity books. The last date to send competition entries in is 31st October ’16.

Any photo entries should be sent to with the name & age of the child ‘Spot The Boat’ entries should be posted to Mags at the Barnes Brinkcraft address.

There are some lovely prizes to be won, a voucher for £150 to help towards your next holiday, a £50 Amazon voucher and a delicious Sponge  cake which will be posted direct to you.

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 in our online Album, email them to or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

New Boats For 2017 Season

We are pleased to introduce Brinks Serenade for the 2017 season, available to hire from Good Friday, 14th April ’17

Brinks Serenade

Brinks Serenade – new for 2017 season. Call our booking office for information – 01603 782625

This new boat is 39′ long (almost 12 metres), 4+2 berths, has twin sliding sunroofs, easy access from the stern and will have all the mod-cons you have come to expect from our Elite Fleet boats.

The boat is still ‘in build’ at the moment but we will keep you updated as the build progresses.  If you would like to book this boat for the 2017 season, please call our Booking Office on 01603 782625 as it is not currently available on our on-line booking system.

Also available for the 2017 season will be our new Brinks Encore – as yet we do not have a confirmed date for this to be available for hire, but we will keep you updated throughout the next few months.

Brinks Encore

Brinks Encore – new for 2017 season. Call our booking office for information – 01603 782625

This new boat is 28′.6 long (approx 8.5 metres), 2+2 berths, has twin sliding sunroofs, have nice wide side decks and is single level throughout.  Brinks Enfore will also be part of Elite Fleet range.

Again, this boat is not currently available on our on-line booking system but if you would more information, please call our Booking Office on 01603 782625 who will be happy to help..

2016 Brochure Photographic Competition

After the success of last year we are pleased to announce that we will be running our Photography Competition again this year.  The winning entries will win a voucher for £150 and will be featured in our 2017 Holiday Brochure.

The competition will begin on the 1st of July and will end at midnight on the 31st  August ’16.  All entries should be emailed to - there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, we just ask that photographs are from your Norfolk Broads holidays, they can be pictures of boats, landscapes, families, even selfies  – take a look at last years entries!


One of last years winning entries sent into us from Lance Wardle

We love to see your holiday pictures, so get snapping and be in with a chance of winning £150 off your next holiday with us!


‘Broadscapes’ Photography Holidays

New for the 2015 season, we are introducing ‘Broadscapes’, a Norfolk Broads landscape photography holiday offering the perfect blend of expert photographic tuition and doing your own thing.  You can take part if you are holidaying in one of our self catering properties or onboard a cruiser, everyone is welcome.

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Based around pre-arranged meeting points at different locations, local professional commercial photographer Paul Studd will share with you his expert advice and tuition.  It will be relaxed, informal and fun. Above all, it’s a chance to point your camera at some of the iconic windmills & wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

Our first photography holiday is arranged for Monday 20th April for 4 nights – a full itinerary is available on request.  If this date is not convenient, please see our website for other options.

The price is just £95 per person + the normal cost of your holiday accommodation or cruiser hire. 

For more information please email or call 07801 589627

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Tour De Broads – Sunday 23rd August

The Tour de Broads Festival is a cycle challenge which takes place around The Broads National Park area on Sunday 23rd August 2015.  Last year the event completely sold out and this year organisers are expecting over 2000 riders – the  event is open to everyone, whatever your cycling abilities.

Held at Strumpshaw Hall near Norwich, three routes are available for riders of different abilities to challenge themselves, 3 miles, 40 miles and 70 miles. The Epic Ride takes in 70 miles of the Broadland and North Norfolk area, giving you the chance to ride the tranquil and beautiful settings of the Norfolk Broads.

Tickets cost from only £10. As a social enterprise, all profits from the rides are used to engage, inspire and enable local people into cycling and enjoy the immediate benefits of an active lifestyle. Fund raising is used to provide coaching sessions and grow the loan bike fleet.  Click here for more information on the Tour De Broads 2015

Tour de Broads 2015 in The Broads National Park

Tour de Broads 2015 in The Broads National Park

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads to be renamed ‘national park’

The lakes and waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk are to be renamed the Broads National Park.  Although it will be known as a national park, it will not face the legal restrictions associated with the protected status.

Read the full story on the BBC News Website

Broads Authority members voted by an overwhelming majority to brand the area as a National Park after 79% of consultees approved the proposal.

Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman led the three-month consultation and said he was “absolutely delighted” that the area would benefit from being clearly identified as a National Park.

Press Release from the Broads Authority