Christmas & New Year Opening Times – 2017







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 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

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

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 or add them to our Facebook & Twitter pages.

Press Release – Royalls Boatyard

10th January 2017

Barnes Brinkcraft (Barnes Marine Units Ltd) of Wroxham have today announced that they have bought neighbouring boatyard Royalls and 9 hire craft, after the retirement of Nigel and Sara Royall at the end of last season.

Director Daniel Thwaites said “buying Royalls means that we will have more room to increase our fleet and servicing facilities, and with the trend towards more UK tourists opting to holiday in this country and overseas tourists being lured by the favourable exchange rates, this is the right time for us to expand.”

Barnes Brinkcraft will then operate a fleet of 86 boats from their base at Wroxham including the 9 acquired from Royalls.  Plans for the 2017 season include adding 5 new built boats to the fleet and 3, new three bedroomed holidays homes overlooking their private marina.

Daniel, Jill & Matthew Thwaites

Daniel, Jill & Matthew Thwaites


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.

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!