Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

Wherry Yacht Charter sailings and events

We try to have several opportunities each year for guests to join us on public sailings, as well as running fundraising events and taking our information stall to relevant local fairs and shows. To get early notice of events, become a Friend or join our mailing list.

On-shore events

3rd May - Horning Boat Show
HBS logo
We'll have a stall at this growing event, marking the start of our public season. For full details please see the Horning Boat Show website.
Sun 4th May - Wherries on view at Barton House Railway
BHR train
BHR
You might be aware that our base at Barton House is surrounded by a narrow gauge railway - those Friends who joined us on our successful joint social afternoon have seen the facilities, but now is the opportunity to see them in action. At least one of our wherry yachts will be fully on view at an extra bank holiday weekend running day for Barton House Railway, and Hathor will be externally viewable in whatever state she is at the time. Open 2.30pm-5.30pm, boat from Wroxham Bridge and one train ride included in entry fee of £1.50 for children and £3 for adults. Donations to WYC are separate and appreciated.
Sun 11th May - Go Wild at Barton
NWT logo
We'll have our usual stall at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Go Wild At Barton event, 11am-4pm. We're also offering sailings, see below for details.
Sat 7th & Sun 8th June - Wherry on view
Granary Quay
K Evans/Geograph
Look around a beautiful 100-year old wherry yacht, moored at Wroxham Bridge. Come and enjoy the newly-revamped Granary Quay area, recently purchased by the parish council and improved for the benefit of all. Talk to our volunteers about sailing and preserving these historic vessels, and find out about their role in Broads history. Open 10am-7pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday. See the wherry depart (not under sail, sorry) at 5pm on Sunday.
Sat 12th July - Friends' tour of Rosary Cemetery
Rosary Cemetery
E Simak/Geograph
We've had enjoyable and successful Friends socials taking in local history before, and this year we have secured a private tour (open to Friends and their guests) of the Rosary Cemetery in Norwich. This was the first non-denominational cemetery in England and is the resting place of several of the Colman family (Hathor's original owners). Edward Boardman designed the chapel there as well as both How Hill house and Hathor's interior. For more information on the cemetery, see the Norwich HEART page on the Rosary. To receive details of the tour (£5) and optional pub lunch afterwards, members can contact the Friends by phone or email.
Sat 2nd August - Wherry on view
Olive at Mathouse Broad
In between sailings (see below), look around a beautiful 100-year old wherry yacht, moored at Ranworth Staithe. Talk to our volunteers about sailing and preserving these historic vessels, and find out about their role in Broads history. Open 10am-11pm and 3pm-5pm.
Sat 2nd August - Friends' bring and share supper
Three wherry yachts at Mathouse Broad
For Friends only, a chance to enjoy a shared meal aboard a wherry yacht moored in Malthouse Broad at Ranworth. To register for this free event, members can contact the Friends by phone or email. Food arrangements will be made nearer the time.
Sat 13th & Sun 14th Sept - Wherry on view
Norada at MotB
This excellent museum is open free of charge for the Heritage Open Days, with a wherry yacht on view (also free). Features heritage crafts, a Sunday BBQ, and river trips on their steam boat, Falcon (cost applies). Museum hours are 10.30am-4pm, and our wherry will depart at 3pm on Sunday for How Hill. Museum of the Broads website.
Mon 15th to Sun 28th September - Wherry on view
How Hill moorings
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Exact days and times TBC. Our wherry yacht will be moored at How Hill over this fortnight to offer schools' and other educational activities. When not otherwise engaged, she will be on view to the public as much as possible. More details nearer the time.
Sat 20th September - Friends' exclusive sailings and Annual Dinner
River Ant, evening
P Buckingham/Gg
We are pleased to offer Friends-only sailings on the afternoon of 20th September between How Hill and Ludham for just £8. In the evening we will have our Annual Friends' Dinner at the excellent Wroxham Barns Restaurant, a private venue offering us a two-course meal and space for a review of the year's achievements. The cost is £15. Full details including a menu and booking form will be included in the May edition of our "Gaff Line" Friends' newsletter.

Sailings

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. Learn a little about the history of wherries and their importance for the Broads, and about the work of WYC. Complimentary hot & cold drinks served, own refreshments welcome. We are sorry but we are unable to accept dogs on board. Return land transport included where necessary. Full details will be given on booking.

For all sailings, please book in advance unless stated otherwise. See our contact page for details.

Sat 10th & Mon 12th May, also Sun 22nd & Mon 23rd June
Wherries on Malthouse
The sailings between Wroxham and Barton Turf (for the Go Wild event) are training sailings for our volunteers, as are two other round trips from Wroxham in June. These days are not publicly bookable, but do look out for us on the river!
Sun 11th May - Barton Turf
Short (approx. 75 min) sailings, £10 per person. First sailing 10am (advance booking essential); later sailings are book on day only.
Fri 1st August - Wroxham-Ranworth
Wherries on Malthouse
Day sailing, £25 per person. Low price for this year only, a real bargain!
Sat 2nd August - Ranworth
Short (approx. 30 min) sailings, £5 per person. Sailings 11am-3pm, book on day only.
Sun 3rd August - Ranworth-St Benet's-Ranworth
St Benet's
Afternoon/evening sailing to the St Benet's Abbey Annual Service, £55 per person. Includes afternoon tea served on board.
Mon 4th August - Ranworth-Wroxham
Day sailing, £25 per person. Low price for this year only, a real bargain!
Fri 12th Sept - Wroxham-Stalham
Wherries on Malthouse
Day sailing, £45 per person.
Sun 14th Sept - Stalham-How Hill
Afternoon sailing, £25 per person. Transport arrangements allow for time at the Heritage Open Day event (see above).
Sun 29th Sept - How Hill-Wroxham
Wherries on Malthouse
Day sailing, £35 per person. Our last public sailing of the year.

 

 

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