Wherry Yacht Charter
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, 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.

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. Booking is now closed for this trip.

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

Hathor may 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. Friends of WYC are invited to make exclusive (moored) use of Hathor for small groups in return for a donation - see the June edition of the Gaff Line (imminent!) for details, or contact the Friends.

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 - Water Music For A Summer's Evening, Ranworth

Ranworth church

© M Day

Join us at 7.30pm for a classical concert to celebrate White Moth’s centenary. The programme for choir and strings includes a brand new piece, inspired by White Moth herself, by internationally renowned composer Patrick Hawes. Taking place in the glorious setting of St Helen's church, Ranworth, described as the Cathedral of the Broads, this is an event not to be missed. Priced at just £15 and with limited seats available, this event is sure to be popular. Tickets sales are through Norwich Theatre Royal, via the bookings page, on 01603 630000, or in person at the box office. Please note that the event is not listed on the Theatre Royal's own programme, and so online booking must be via the direct link above.

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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