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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, as well as our usual programme.
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.
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). The sailing into Norwich, with arrival scheduled for 8pm, promises to be fascinating as Hathor passes under the city's many bridges to reach Pull's Ferry.
Cost: above amounts per person (each day individually bookable and priced according to sailing length.).
Hathor will also be on view (free) at Acle Bridge, Saturday 5th Sept, 12.30pm-5pm.
- Wednesday 9th to Monday 14th September
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Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view at Pull's Ferry, Norwich. 10am-5pm daily, except Monday 14th which is 10am-3pm. Refreshments will be on sale adjacent to the wherry, by and in aid of Girlguiding Norfolk. Part of the Heritage Open Days event.
- Sunday 13th September
As part of the Heritage Open Days events, we are delighted to welcome local author Steve Silk ("Wherryman's Way") for a talk on Riverside Norwich - How the Wensum has defended and defined Norwich through the ages. This will take place in the unique Watergate Room, upstairs in the iconic Pull's Ferry building. Something of a taster of Steve's upcoming book on Riverside Norwich, the talk promises to be a fascinating evening, and of course Hathor will be open for viewing adjacent to the venue. Attendance is free, but must be booked via Heritage Open Days. Donations to WYC on the night will be appreciated. We are grateful to Steve Silk and to Girlguiding Norfolk for their support of this 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
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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 talk will be on Ardea, kindly provided by Peter Bower. 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.
- Friday 7th November - Friends' Annual Quiz & Supper
Our autumn quiz night comes around again in November. For £7 per person, and teams of up to 6, we provide a quiz and a hot supper of home made sausage casserole. You bring the drinks, snacks and brain power! Friends will receive booking details in the Gaff Line newsletter, but others are welcome - contact the Friends to book.