© Katy Walters
2016 sees us covering some familiar ground, with trips to How Hill, the St Benet's Abbey Annual Service, and Pull's Ferry in Norwich. For the first time we also offer two late-season public sailings on Pleasure Wherry Ardea.
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 - we meet early at the destination of the sailing and transport you to the wherry. Sailing lengths and arrival times are approximate due to the influence of wind and tide. 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.
- Wed 31 August - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Wroxham to Ranworth. 11am-5pm, £30. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
- Wed 31 August - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth staithe, 5pm-7pm. Free.
- Thu 1 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth staithe, 10am-1pm. Free.
- Thu 1 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth to Stokesby. For the first time this season, Hathor ventures beyond Ranworth as she begins her tour to Norwich and back. 1.30-6.30pm, £25. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
- Fri 2 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stokesby Ferry, 10am-2.30pm. Free.
- Fri 2 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stokesby to Great Yarmouth. 3-7pm, £25. Lovely opportunity for an early evening sailing under the huge Broadland skies of Halvergate Marshes.
- Sat 3 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, 10am-5pm. A rare visit to Great Yarmouth - step aboard to find out more about our wherries' history and the work of Wherry Yacht Charter, icluding how you could get involved. Free.
- Sun 4 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Great Yarmouth to Rockland, crossing Breydon Water. 8am-4pm. SOLD OUT
- Sun 4 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Rockland, 4pm-7pm. Free.
- Mon 5 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Rockland to Surlingham. 10am-12 noon, £25. One of our shorter sailings, ideal as a taster. Why not treat yourself to lunch at the Ferry House on arrival?
- Mon 5 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Surlingham, noon-7pm. Join us at the welcoming Ferry House pub, where you can combine a look around Hathor with a pint and a meal. Free (the viewing, that is, not the beer or food!).
- Tue 6 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Surlingham to Norwich. 11am-5pm, £30. SOLD OUT
- Wed 7 September - Sailings
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Pulls Ferry to Ribs of Beef, out (am) and return (pm). Two separate short sailings within the City of Norwich, passing under several bridges. Hard work for the crew, but a joy to watch! 10-11.30am and 5-6pm, £15 each way.
- Wed 7 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ribs of Beef, 11.30am-5pm, free. Step into the Ribs and downstairs to the Wherry Room to find your way out to Hathor - and why not stay for beer or food while you're at it? Watch us arrive or depart at either end of the viewing, to see how we get a 40-foot mast under the bridge...
- Thu 8 September to Sun 11 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Pulls Ferry, 10am-5pm. Hathor is once again in residence for the Heritage Open Days. We hope to welcome even more visitors than last year! Free. Girlguiding Norfolk will again be selling refreshments in the Watergate Room within the iconic Pull's Ferry building.
- Sun 11 September - Open Garden
Bishop's Garden, Norwich NR3 1SB. Entertainment from Golden Star Morris and the Harmummies, plant stall, book stall, and truly excellent home-made cake, all within this hidden gem of a garden. We are grateful to the Bishop and Mrs Graham for allowing us to benefit from the last open garden of the year. 1-5pm (last admission 4.30pm), £3 entry, children and wheelchair users free. Sorry, no dogs except guide dogs.
- Mon 12 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Norwich to Brundall. 10am-4pm, £30. SOLD OUT
- Tue 13 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Brundall to Cantley. 11am-3pm, £25. One of our shorter sailings, ideal as a taster. Why not treat yourself to a drink at the Reedcutter on arrival?
- Tue 13 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Cantley, 3pm-7pm. Free.
- Wed 14 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Cantley to Stracey Arms, crossing Breydon Water. 12 noon-7pm. SOLD OUT
- Thu 15 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stracey Arms to Upton Dyke. 9am-12 noon, £25. One of our shorter sailings, ideal as a taster. Why not treat yourself to a drink at the White Horse after your arrival?
- Thu 15 September - Viewing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Upton, noon-7pm, Free. We're delighted to spend some time at Upton, where we always receive a warm welcome from our friends at Eastwood Whelpton.
- Fri 16 September - Sailing
Pleasure wherry Hathor, Upton to Wroxham. Join us as we bring Hathor home for the season. 9am-5pm, £30.
- Sun 18 September - Viewing
Wherry yacht, Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge), 10am-5pm. Free. See 21st August for details.
- Fri 21 October - Sailing - including Ardea
Wherry yacht (£35) and a rare chance to sail on pleasure wherry Ardea (£45), Wroxham to How Hill. 10am-6pm. LIMITED SPACES LEFT ON ARDEA
- Sun 23 October - Sailing - including Ardea
Wherry yacht (£35) and a rare chance to sail on pleasure wherry Ardea (£45), How Hill to Wroxham. 10am-6pm.