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Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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© Katy Walters

2015 is a very special year for us as we celebrate Hathor's return to sailing after restoration, in her 110th year no less, which means our fleet is reunited at last. It also sees White Moth's centenary. Celebrations are planned for both vessels.

Our sailings and events

Sit back and relax on a beautiful 100-year old wherry yacht as our experienced skipper and crew transport you down the river in style, or step aboard for a taster when we're moored. You can also find our information stall and friendly volunteers at local events too. We offer a combination of public sailings, viewings and on-shore events to give as many people as possible access to the wherries and an opportunity to find out about our work.

For all sailings (highlighted in grey): Please book in advance unless stated otherwise - see our contact page for details. Complimentary hot & cold drinks are served, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Return land transport is included where necessary. Full details of parking, meeting points, transport etc. will be given on booking. We are unable to accept dogs on board for public sailings, except registered assistance dogs. Unfortunately the wherries are not suitable for wheelchairs, but please contact us with any other accessibility queries.

For all viewings: these events are free of charge but donations are appreciated. No booking is required. Please see individual dates for opening times.

May - events around Hathor's relaunch celebrations at How Hill

Wednesday 6th May - Special interest sailing: Wherries and Wildlife
Hoveton Great Broad

© K Walters

Sail on a historic Edwardian wherry yacht along the river Bure from Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail (only accessible by boat) and enjoy a guided one and a half hour walk around the boardwalk, led by the Natural England warden, including a stop at the bird hides. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board the wherry (not provided) before sailing back to Wroxham via Wroxham Broad. Full-day sailing.

Cost £35 per person.

Sunday 17th May - guided walk, Loddon

This 4.5 mile walk will take in parts of the Wherryman's Way footpath, including a wayside bench made from Hathor's old mast, and Hardley Flood bird hide. Guided by two Wherry Yacht Charter volunteers who collectively have extensive knowledge of the Broads, wherries and wildlife, the walk has both on- and off-road sections and will take around 2.5 hours. Space is limited so please book with WYC to secure your place. The walk is free but donations to WYC's work are invited.

Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th May - Hathor on view at How Hill

Hathor on view

© D Edleston

Hathor will be at How Hill ahead of her official relaunch on 30th May. On some days we are also offering sailings on one of our wherry yachts as we bring them from Wroxham to How Hill for the celebrations (see separate listing). Viewings are 10am-5pm daily.

Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th May - Sailings from Wroxham to How Hill

Enjoy a day sailing on a wherry yacht, ending at How Hill where Hathor awaits her official relaunch celebrations. Monday: Norada will sail. Wednesday: Olive. Friday: White Moth. Each is a full-day sailing.

Cost £35 per person.

Tues 26th May - Hathor: The History (dinner and talk)

A three course dinner at How Hill House followed by talks given by Faye Kalloniatis from Norwich Castle Museum and Peter Bower from Wherry Yacht Charter. Event starts at 7pm. Book via How Hill on 01692 678555.

Cost £25 per person. Proceeds benefit both HHT and WYC.

Wednesday 27th May - Afternoon tea and wherry viewing

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in How Hill's beautiful house or gardens, and visit our Hathor display with items not usually available for public veiwing. 2-5pm. Book via How Hill on 01692 678555.

Cost £10 per person. Proceeds benefit both HHT and WYC.

Friday 29th May - Hathor's Restoration (dinner and talk)

Hathor before and after restoration

© J Parker

A three course dinner followed by a talk given by Peter Bower about the restoration and relaunch of Hathor. A similar talk given at our 2014 Annual Friends' Dinner, before restoration was complete, was extremely well received and contained much new material. Event starts at 7pm. Book via How Hill on 01692 678555.

Cost £25 per person. Proceeds benefit both HHT and WYC.

Saturday 30th May - Four wherries arriving, and on view, How Hill

All of our wherries will depart (under power and without passengers) in the morning, for a ceremonial arrival under sail at 12.30pm. From 1pm-5pm, you have a chance to view and compare all of our wherries, moored at the staithe at How Hill.

Sunday 31st May - Four wherries sailing together from How Hill

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

For the first time in several years, Our pleasure wherry Hathor and our three wherry yachts will sail together on the Ant on two round trips from How Hill (approx. 2 hours each). Be part of this historic event by securing your place on board now.

Cost £12 per person per trip.

Sunday 31st May - Watch the Wherries go by...

Hathor passing Turf Fen windpump, from How Hill House

© B Smith

With stunning views over the River Ant join us for a unique opportunity to view four wherries in all their glory under sail as they sail to and from How Hill House. Ticket includes traditional afternoon tea in How Hill's beautiful house or gardens. 12.30-4.30pm. Book via How Hill on 01692 678555.

Cost £10 per person. Proceeds benefit both HHT and WYC.

June - Hathor in residence at How Hill, and miscellaneous sailings

Monday 1st June - Three wherries sailing together from How Hill to Wroxham

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

Our three wherry yachts will sail together along the Ant and Bure as they return from How Hill to Wroxham. Be part of this historic event by securing your place on board now.

Cost £35 per person.

1st June to 4th July - Hathor on view at How Hill

Hathor will be available to view at How Hill staithe, when not in use for educational groups or other purposes, 10am-5pm daily. If you are making a special trip we suggest you contact us nearer the time to confirm availability.

Sunday 14th June - Special interest sailing: Wherries and Wildlife
Hoveton Great Broad

© K Walters

Sail on a historic Edwardian wherry yacht along the river Bure from Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail (only accessible by boat) and enjoy a guided one and a half hour walk around the boardwalk, led by the Natural England warden, including a stop at the bird hides. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board the wherry (not provided) before sailing back to Wroxham via Wroxham Broad. Full-day sailing.

Cost £35 per person.

Friday 19th June - sailing How Hill to Womack

Subject to confirmation, Hathor will sail from How Hill to Womack Water, ahead of the Ludham Open Gardens event on Sunday 21st. The return to your start point will be on foot (2 miles, as opposed to the 6 miles by river!). Full-day sailing.

Cost £30 per person.

Sunday 21st June - wherry on view, Wroxham Bridge, and wherry base open at Barton House

Olive will be on view adjacent to Wroxham Bridge, at the recently-revamped Granary Staithe. This viewing coincides with a Barton House Railway running day, and so we will have our wherry base at Barton House open for viewing and for you to find out more about our restoration work - you can take BHR's ferry from Granary Staithe to see both the railway and the base. BHR runs 2.30pm-5.30pm (usual admission applies), and our wherry viewing (free) runs 10am-5pm.

Sunday 21st June - wherry on view, Ludham

Subject to confirmation, Hathor will be on view at Womack Water as part of Ludham village's Open Gardens event.

Monday 22nd June - sailing Womack Water to How Hill

Subject to confirmation, Hathor will sail from How Hill to Womack Water, following the Ludham Open Gardens event on Sunday 21st. The return to your start point will be on foot (2 miles, as opposed to the 6 miles by river!). Full-day sailing.

Cost £30 per person.

July - events around White Moth's centenary at Ranworth

Saturday 4th July - sailing How Hill to Wroxham

Hathor will sail back to our base at Wroxham following her month in residence at How Hill. Full-day sailing.

Cost £35 per person.

Friday 10th July - Four wherries sailing together from Wroxham to Ranworth

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

Pleasure Wherry Hathor and our three wherry yachts will return to Ranworth in preparation for White Moth's centenary celebrations. Be part of this historic event by securing your place on board now.

Cost £30 per person.

Saturday 11th July - White Moth on view at Ranworth

White Moth will be on view at Ranworth staithe for her centenary celebrations. Step aboard the last-built wherry yacht to find out more about her and about WYC's work. Exact opening times TBC.

Saturday 11th July - Concert with Patrick Hawes at Ranworth church

Ranworth church

© A Dace

Join us at 7.30pm for a musical event to celebrate White Moth’s centenary, including a specially commissioned piece. Details including ticketing TBC.

Sunday 12th July - Short sailings at Ranworth (three wherry yachts) plus Hathor on view

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

Our three wherry yachts will offer short sailings on Malthouse Broad, from Ranworth Staithe. Hathor will be moored and on view during this time. 10am-6pm.

Cost £10 per adult, £5 for under-16s. Under-5s free. No booking required.

Monday 13th July - Four wherries sailing together from Ranworth to Wroxham

Pleasure wherry Hathor and our three wherry yachts will return to Wroxham following White Moth's centenary celebrations. Be part of our historic fleet as we sail along the tree-lined Bure.

Cost £30 per person.

Sunday 19th July - wherry on view, Wroxham Bridge, and wherry base open at Barton House

White Moth will be on view adjacent to Wroxham Bridge, at the recently-revamped Granary Staithe. This viewing coincides with a Barton House Railway running day, and so we will have our wherry base at Barton House open for viewing and for you to find out more about our restoration work - you can take BHR's ferry from Granary Staithe to see both the railway and the base. BHR runs 2.30pm-5.30pm (usual admission applies), and our wherry viewing (free) runs 10am-5pm.

Friday 31st July - Sailing from Wroxham to Ranworth

Hathor and White Moth will sail to Ranworth in preparation for the St Benet's service weekend.

Cost £30 per person.

August - St Benet's Abbey service and Ranworth events

Saturday 1st August - Short sailings at Ranworth, and Hathor on view

Olive on Malthouse

© K Walters

White Moth will offer short sailings on Malthouse Broad, from Ranworth Staithe, with no booking required. Pleasure Wherry Hathor will also be on view at the staithe.

Short sailings: £10 per adult, £5 for under-16s, under-5s free. Viewings free. 10am-6pm.

Saturday 1st August - Friends' bring and share supper

Following the success of last year's supper, we hope for equally good weather to complement the good company and food! Attendees should plan to bring a sharing dish and we will enjoy a meal aboard a wherry moored in Malthouse Broad. This event is exclusive to Friends and their guests, and booking is essential via the usual Friends contact routes.

Sunday 2nd August - St Benet's service sailing with afternoon tea

The Bishop on Olive

© D Edleston

Each year the Bishop of Norwich takes a service at St Benet's Abbey, arriving by wherry. Join us aboard White Moth as part of the Bishop's flotilla en route to the service, then enjoy afternoon tea served on board before returning to Ranworth. Afternoon/early evening sail.

Cost: £40. This is a popular sailing so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Monday 3rd August - Sailing from Ranworth to Wroxham

Hathor and White Moth will return to Wroxham following the St Benet's service weekend.

Cost £30 per person.

Sunday 16th August - wherry on view, Wroxham Bridge, and wherry base open at Barton House

One of our wherry yachts will be on view adjacent to Wroxham Bridge, at the recently-revamped Granary Staithe. This viewing coincides with a Barton House Railway running day, and so we will have our wherry base at Barton House open for viewing and for you to find out more about our restoration work - you can take BHR's ferry from Granary Staithe to see both the railway and the base. BHR runs 2.30pm-5.30pm (usual admission applies), and our wherry viewing (free) runs 10am-5pm.

September - Hathor sails to Norwich, plus a wherry course at How Hill

Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th September - Sailing from Wroxham to Norwich in five parts

Hathor will be in Norwich for the Heritage Open Days weekend - join us as we sail her there over several days. Friday: Wroxham to Ranworth (£30, day). Saturday: Ranworth to Acle Bridge (£20, morning). Sunday: Acle Bridge to Cantley, crossing Breydon Water (£40, day). Monday: Cantley to Brundall (£25, afternoon). Tuesday: Brundall to Norwich (£25, afternoon/evening).

Cost: above amounts per person (each day individually bookable and priced according to sailing length.).

Wednesday 9th to Monday 14th September

Hathor on view

© D Edleston

Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view at Pull's Ferry, Norwich. 10am-5pm daily, except Monday 14th 10am-3pm. Part of the Heritage Open Days event.

Wednesday 9th September - Sailing from Wroxham to How Hill

Norada will sail to How Hill for the residential Wherry Course (see below).

Cost: £35 per person.

Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September - Wherry course at How Hill

Hathor in the distance, from How Hill

© B Smith

Norada will be in attendance on this residential course, where you will combine learning about the history of wherries with several wherry yacht sailings, including a rare chance to pass under Potter Heigham bridge and visit Hickling Broad. Accommodation is at How Hill House and the course is limited to just 12 people

£395 per person, full board. Booking is via How Hill Trust and proceeds benefit both HHT and WYC.

Sunday 13th September - Sailing from How Hill to Wroxham

Norada will sail back to our base from How Hill following the residential Wherry Course (above).

Cost: £35 per person.

Monday 14th to Thursday 17th September - Sailing from Norwich to Wroxham in four parts

Join us for our last sailings of the season as we sail Hathor home from her time at Pull's Ferry, Norwich. Monday: Norwich to Brundall (£25, afternoon/evening). Tuesday: Brundall to Great Yarmouth, crossing Breydon Water (£40, afternoon/evening). Wednesday: Great Yarmouth to Ranworth (£40, full day). Friday: Ranworth to Wroxham (£30, day).

Cost: above amounts per person (each day individually bookable and priced according to sailing length).

Saturday 19th September - Friends' Annual Dinner

We will return to Wroxham Barns Restaurant following our very successful 2014 dinner there. This event is open to Friends and their guests only, and menu and booking details will appear in the Gaff Line newsletter. The after dinner speaker and topic are to be confirmed. We hope to once again offer sailings in the afternoon before the dinner, and again will advise our Friends via the newsletter.

Sunday 20th September - wherry on view, Wroxham Bridge, and wherry base open at Barton House

Norada will be on view adjacent to Wroxham Bridge, at the recently-revamped Granary Staithe. This viewing coincides with a Barton House Railway running day, and so we will have our wherry base at Barton House open for viewing and for you to find out more about our restoration work - you can take BHR's ferry from Granary Staithe to see both the railway and the base. BHR runs 2.30pm-5.30pm (usual admission applies), and our wherry viewing (free) runs 10am-5pm.

 

Wherry Yacht Charter is a registered charity (as Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust), number 1096073

WYC is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, RDPE, Geoffrey Watling Trust, Town Close Estate Charity and others.

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