Customers celebrate 50 years on the Broads

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Norfolk Broads

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine have embarked on their 50th holiday on the Norfolk Broads with a trip onboard one of their favourite cruisers ‘Brinks Omega‘.

As a thank you to the couple for their years of continued loyalty, the Directors have gifted them this year’s holiday with a presentation made on their arrival on Tuesday.

Director, Daniel Thwaites said “we are so pleased that Steve & Christine have chosen to return to us each year for their holiday. They know which boats they like, and will often holiday on the same boat for up to 10 years.  They really are customers turned friends, and we look forward to seeing them return to the yard every summer.’

Steve from Essex, first started holidaying on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager after a relative moved to Lammas, near Buxton.  His first trip to the area was with a friend in a wooden boat which they rented from a boatyard in Horning. Since then he has continued to return year on year, firstly with friends and then with his wife Christine who has been holidaying on the Broads almost as long, since 1974.

Christine & Steve had their honeymoon on the Broads and then continued to take holidays after having their son, enjoying many happy holidays throughout his  childhood and beyond.

Have you had a long love affair with the Norfolk Broads? or have you been coming to Norfolk for as long as Steve or Christine, or even longer?  Did you get engaged or even married on the Broads? We’d love to hear your stories and see your old holiday photographs – please email to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads with a trip on Brinks Omega from Barnes Brinkcraft

Barnes Brinkcraft customers Steve & Christine celebrate their 50th year holiday on the Broads

Steve & Christine with Daniel from Barnes Brinkcraft

Norfolk Day 2018 One Day Flash Sale

Norfolk Day - July 27th 2018 - Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018 – Barnes Brinkcraft 25% Off Flash Sale – Call 01603 782625

Norfolk Day has finally arrived, the day we celebrate all that this beautiful County has to offer.

Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we are very excited to share with you a 25% Off flash sale, this is for all holidays and short breaks booked today and taken before 31st October ’18.  

We are looking forward to sharing with you just how beautiful a Norfolk Broads boating holiday can be.  There is so much to do and see, pretty villages, historic landmarks, wonderful pubs & tearooms, the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth and of course the city of Norwich on the banks of the River Wensum.  How much you choose to do is up to you but there really is something for the whole family.

Please note that this promotion is for telephone bookings only! 01603 782625

  • Blenheim – 4 Berth, super airy & spacious with 2 double cabins and a split sliding sunroof over the saloon
  • Brinks Ultima 1 – 8+4 Berth, a great boat for two familes sharing or groups of friends
  • Brinks Ultima 2 – 11 Berth, a great boat for two familes sharing or groups of friends
  • Brinks Royale – 2+2 Berth, a sporty looking cruiser with a large cockpit area for enjoying the sunshine
  • Brinks Benmore – 4+2 Berth, spacious open plan living area with two double en-suite cabins.
  • Brinks Romany 1 – 6+3 Berth, a very spacious boat with onboard facilities including a generator for 240v electricity & 2 fridges
  • Brinks Romany 2 – 9 Berth, with the helm position in the saloon area this is a great boat for families with young children
  • Brinks Sonata – 2 Berth, sporty looking cruiser with a good sizes cockpit to enjoy the sunshine – best suited to short breaks.
  • Brinks Symphony – 10 Berth with a raised steering position, great for large groups sharing.
  • Royall Stuart – 4+1 Berth, a great boat for 2 couples sharing with a very sociable cockpit area

Please mention the Norfolk Day Promotion when booking  01603 782625

10% Discount For Armed Forces

0% Discount for members of the Armed Forces

10% Discount for members of the Armed Forces

Are you a member of the Armed Forces or a retired Veteran?  If so, we are delighted to be able to offer you a 10% discount on our Boating & Self Catering holiday homes Norfolk Broads holidays.

This discount is not just on our brochure price, it is a 10% discount that is applicable on top of any other offers that we have running at the time.

All we need is for you to call us with your Forces I.D number and this discount will then be applied to your holiday.  If you are viewing holidays online outside of normal office hours, you can book on the website and then either call or email us with your I.D number which can then added along with the extra discount.

Call 01603 782625 or Email 

Boating Holidays – Why not consider hiring one of our larger boats (for up to 12 people) such as Brinks Ultima, Brinks Emperor or Brinks Symphony – all ideal for groups of friends sharing and of course you all share the cost and the chance to be Captain!

Self Catering Holiday Homes – Our holidays homes are all waterside, have beautiful views and lovely gardens or balconies.  From two bedroom to five bedroom, they are modern and spacious, the perfect place to relax, unwind and maybe do some fishing.  Each property can enjoy the benefit of a Day Boat (except during school holidays), so you can get out and about exploring the waterways and visiting local towns & villages.

 

 

 

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018

Norfolk’s inaugural Norfolk Day will take place on Friday 27th July, with it’s aim to be a day where we celebrate all that we love about our county.

Norfolk Day - July 27th 2018 - Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Norfolk Day – July 27th 2018 – Barnes Brinkcraft Promotion

Orgnaised by local newspaper the Eastern Daily Press – Archant, there will be a host of special offers, events, things to do and places to be in Norfolk and Norwich on Friday 27th July.

We be having our own promotion on that day, so please watch this page and our ‘Offers’ page for details which will not be available until the day!

A list of events that have been planned so far can be viewed on the website of the Eastern Daily Press, with more being added daily.  We’ll also keep you updated on our Blog & Facebook page

Ranworth Staithe on the Norfolk Broads - Norfolk Day 27th July 2018

Ranworth Staithe on the Norfolk Broads – Norfolk Day 27th July 2018

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

Alphacraft

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.

New Data Protection Rules (GDPR)

On the 25th of May this year new rules come into effect which will change the way we are allowed to contact you.

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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

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

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.