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.

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

Weds 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.

Cost £35 per person.

Sat 23rd to Fri 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). Exact opening times TBC.

Mon 25th, Weds 27th, Fri 29th May - Sailings from Wroxham to How Hill

Enjoy a day sailing on a wherry yacht, ending at How Hill where you will be able to view Hathor awaiting her official relaunch celebrations. Monday: Norada will sail. Wednesday: Olive. Friday: White Moth.

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.

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

Weds 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

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

Fri 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.

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

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 pass How Hill House. Ticket includes traditional afternoon tea in How Hill's beautiful house or gardens. 12.30-4.30pm

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

June - miscellaneous sailings

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

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

For the first time in several years, 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.

Sun 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.

Cost £35 per person.

July - events around White Moth's centenary at Ranworth

Fri 10th July - Three wherries sailing together from Wroxham to Ranworth

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

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.

Sat 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.

Sat 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.

Sun 12th July - Short sailings at Ranworth (three wherries)

Wherries on Malthouse

© K Walters

Our three wherry yachts will offer short sailings on Malthouse Broad, from Ranworth Staithe.

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

Mon 13th July - Three wherries sailing together from Ranworth to Wroxham

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.

Fri 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

Sat 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. 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. No booking required for either.

Sat 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.

Sun 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.

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

Mon 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.

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

Mon 7th - Wed 9th September - Sailing from Wroxham to Norwich in three parts

Hathor will be in Norwich for the Heritage Open Days weekend - join us as we sail her there over three long days. Monday: Wroxham to Acle Bridge. Tuesday: Acle Bridge to Cantley (crossing Breydon Water). Wednesday: Cantley to Norwich.

Cost £40 per person per trip.

Thurs 10th to Sun 13th September

Hathor on view

© D Edleston

Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view at Pull's Ferry, Norwich. Times TBC.

Weds 9th to Sun 13th September - Wherry course at How Hill

Hathor in the distance, from How Hill

© D Edleston

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.

Mon 14th - Wed 16th September - Sailing from Norwich to Wroxham in three parts

After Hathor's Norwich visit, we will sail her back to Wroxham, again over three days. Monday: Norwich to Cantley. Tuesday: Cantley to Acle Bridge (crossing Breydon Water). Wednesday: Acle Bridge to Wroxham.

Cost £40 per person per trip.

 

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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