Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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© Katy Walters

2017 sailings and events now open for booking. We offer a variety of sailings, some with extras such as wildlife walks or afternoon tea. Pleasure Wherry Ardea features on a few sailings including the St Benet's Annual Service, while Hathor is in residence at How Hill for the summer.

Our sailings and events

Sit back and relax on a beautiful 100-year old pleasure wherry or wherry yacht as our experienced skipper and crew transport you down the river in style, or step aboard for a free taster when we're moored. You can also find our information stall and friendly volunteers at local events. Over the season 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: Please book in advance unless stated otherwise - see our contact page for details. Complimentary hot & cold drinks are served, but please bring your own food as required. 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 and we will do our best to enable you to join us.

For all viewings: these events are free of charge but donations are appreciated. No booking is required. Please see individual dates for opening times.

2017 events

April

Sat 8 April - Quiz & supper
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Wroxham Church Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 6, £7.50 per head, includes meat or vegetable chilli with accompaniments. BYO drinks and snacks. Advance booking essential for catering - contact the Friends.

May

Sat 6 May - Base day
Nails on Hathor

©K Walters

Wherry base open 10am-1pm to current and potential new members. An opportunity to talk to our volunteers about any aspect of our work, and help us make sure the wherries are ready to sail. Please contact the Friends to register interest. Repeated on the first Saturday of the month in June, July, September.

Wed 17 May - Wherries and Wildlife - Hoveton Gt Broad
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Sail on a wherry yacht to Hoveton Great Broad nature trail, accessible only by boat. After a guided tour and time for lunch on board, sail back to Wroxham. £35pp. Repeated Sun 9 July, and further wildlife trips at How Hill on Sun 11 June.

Sun 21 May - Wroxham Bridge

Wherry yacht on view, 10am-5pm, free. Ferry to Barton House Railway departs adjacent to wherry, 2-5pm (separate event, charge applies). Repeated monthly May-Sept on the third Sunday of the month.

Sun 28 May - Concert, Wroxham Broad
Jazz trombone player

Celebrate Pleasure Wherry Ardea's 90th anniversary with an outdoor jazz concert from local band Dixie Mix at Wroxham Broad, in conjunction with the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5 under 16, under 5s free, with family tickets at £20 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Bring your own picnic or place an order with your tickets. Bar available. Entry from 5pm with jazz sets from 6.30pm and through the evening. Tickets must be booked in advance via NBYC on 01603 782808 or manager@nbyc.co.uk.

Mon 29 May - Wroxham Broad Open Day
Wherry mast and flags

©K Walters

Celebrate Pleasure Wherry Ardea's 90th anniversary with us, in conjunction with the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. Wherries on view (free) and offering short sailings (£10 adults, £5 children), plus refreshments, NBYC yacht sailing, and wherry information. Free entry and parking, 10am-4pm.

Tue 30 May - Wroxham to How Hill
Wherry yacht in silhouette

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Enjoy a day trip beginning on the wide reaches of the Bure, passing Horning and then tackling the narrower Ant, including passage under Ludham Bridge before arrival at iconic How Hill. Sailing on Hathor, return transport by coach. 10am-6pm, £35pp. Repeated Sun 20 August on Ardea (£45).

June

June at How Hill

Hathor will be on view, free of charge, at How Hill when not sailing or in use for educational activities with visiting school groups. Opening is also subject to volunteer availability, with weekends prioritised. If you are making a special trip, please contact the Friends a few days in advance to check.

Sat 3 June - Base day

See Sat 6 May for details.

Sat 10 June - How Hill demonstration day

Wherry viewing plus periodic demonstrations including mast lowering and quanting. Find out more about our restoration programme and sailing activities, and how you can get involved. 10am-5pm. Repeated Sat 22 July.

Sun 11 June - Wherries and Wildlife - How Hill

Combine a guided wildlife walk on the How Hill nature trail with a sailing on Hathor, and enjoy How Hill''s gardens and tea room as you wish. Look out for swallowtail butterflies and more! Two options: sail in the morning and walk in the afternoon, and vice versa. 10am-4pm overall, £35pp. See also wildlife trips to Hoveton Great Broad on Wed 17 May and Sun 9 July.

Sat 17 June - How Hill circular
Hathor sailing

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Follow the Ant upstream past postcard-perfect Irstead village and on to Barton Broad before returning to How Hill. Exact itinerary subject to weather conditions on the day. Sailing on Hathor, 10am-5pm, £35pp. Repeated Sun 23 July, Mon 14 August.

Sun 18 June - Wroxham Bridge

Wherry yacht on view. See Sun 21 May for details.

Sat 24 June - How Hill to Womack

A short distance on land, but a day sailing by wherry! Following the Ant downstream and under Ludham Bridge, then the Bure and the Thurne to reach Womack Water. After passing the home of trading wherries Albion and Maud, we will moor at a private garden. Sailing on Hathor, return to How Hill on foot (2 miles, guided). 10am-5pm, £35pp. See also return sailing on Mon 26 June.

Sun 25 June - Womack (Ludham Open Gardens)
Garden

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Hathor will be on view at a private garden within the Ludham Open Gardens event. Wherry viewing is free, but there is a charge for the overall event with proceeds going to the parish church.

Mon 26 June - Womack to How Hill

The reverse of Sat 24 June! Sailing on Hathor, return to Womack Water on foot (2 miles, guided). 10am-5pm, £35pp.

July

July at How Hill

Hathor will be on view, free of charge, at How Hill when not sailing or in use for educational activities with visiting school groups. Opening is also subject to volunteer availability, with weekends prioritised. If you are making a special trip, please contact the Friends a few days in advance to check.

Sat 1 July - Base day

See Sat 6 May for details.

Sun 9 July - Wherries and Wildlife - Hoveton Gt Broad

See Wed 17 May for details.

Sun 16 July

Although this is the third Sunday of the month there will be no wherry yacht on view at Wroxham Bridge due to a full complement of charter bookings.

Sat 22 July - How Hill demonstration day

See Sat 10 June for details.

Sun 23 July - How Hill circular

See Sat 17 June for details.

Mon 24 July - Egyptian event at How Hill
Hathor's hawk emblem

As part of a three-day conference for members of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE), a private view of Hathor's unique Egyptian-themed interior has been arranged. The inlaid motifs were created in memory of Alan Colman, who died in Egypt. This event is available only to ASTENE members as part of the conference, which also includes lectures at the University of East Anglia and a visit to the Colman collection of Egyptian artifacts at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. For full details of the conference and ASTENE, please visit ASTENE's website. Our volunteer viewing guides will be pleased to explain Hathor's Egyptian links to visitors at other times, but cannot claim the expertise of ASTENE!

August

August at How Hill

Hathor will be on view, free of charge, at How Hill when not sailing or in use for educational activities with visiting school groups. Opening is also subject to volunteer availability, with weekends prioritised. If you are making a special trip, please contact the Friends a few days in advance to check.

Fri 4 August - Wroxham to Ranworth
Ardea sailing

©K Walters

Enjoy a day trip beginning on the wide reaches of the Bure, passing Horning and then turning south to arrive at Ranworth Staithe on picturesque Malthouse Broad. Sailing on Ardea (£40) or a wherry yacht (£30), return transport by coach. 11am-5pm. See also return trip on Mon 7 August.

Sat 5 August - Ranworth
White Moth sailing

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Wherry viewings (free) and short sailings (£10 adult, £5 child). No need to book, just turn up - several sailings thorough the day 10am-5pm (viewing until 6pm). In the evening we have a supper event on board exclusively for Friends and their guests.

Sun 6 August - St Benet's Annual Service
Bishop aboard a wherry

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Sailing on Ardea (£50) or a wherry yacht (£40), with the opportunity to attend the unique annual St Benet's Service led by the Bishop of Norwich. Price includes afternoon tea served on board. 1.30pm-7.30pm.Please note: Ardea is now fully booked but we have wherry yacht spaces remaining.

Mon 7 to Fri 11 August - How Hill Wherry Course
Wherry at How Hill

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Residential course at beautiful How Hill, including wherry sailings, talks and other activities. £415 pp. For full details and to book see here

Mon 7 August - Ranworth to Wroxham

The reverse of Fri 4 August. Departing Malthouse Broad on to the Bure, passing Ant Mouth and Horning, and if time allows perhaps a jaunt through Wroxham Broad before arriving at Barton House. Sailing on Ardea (£40) or a wherry yacht (£30), return transport by coach. 10am-4pm.

Mon 14 August - How Hill circular

See Sat 17 June for details.

Wed 23 August - Wroxham to How Hill

See Tue 30 May for details. Sailing on Ardea, return transport by coach. 10am-5pm, £45pp. This date is a change to that originally advertised.

Sun 20 August - Wroxham Bridge

See Sun 21 May for details.

21-26 August - Ardea at How Hill

Ardea will be moored with Hathor at How Hill. Opening plans are still to be confirmed.

Sat 26 August - Friends' afternoon tea

Further details to be provided in due course.

Sun 27 August - New members' event

Further details to be provided in due course.

Mon 28 August - How Hill to Wroxham
Hathor sailing

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Witness the exacting task of taking a large wherry under Ludham Bridge, and then enjoy the wider spaces of the Bure as we pass Horning and return to our wherry base at Wroxham. Sailing on Ardea, return transport by coach. 10am-5pm, £45pp.

September

September at How Hill

Hathor will be on view, free of charge, at How Hill when not sailing or in use for educational activities with visiting school groups. Opening is also subject to volunteer availability, with weekends prioritised. If you are making a special trip, please contact the Friends a few days in advance to check.

Sat 2 September - Base day

See Sat 6 May for details.

Thu 7 September - Wroxham to South Walsham
Dog asleep on wherry

©K Walters

Enjoy a day trip beginning on the wide, tree-lined reaches of the Bure, passing Horning and then following Fleet Dyke to arrive at South Walsham Staithe. Sailing on a wherry yacht, return transport by coach. 10am-5pm, £35pp.

Fri 8 September - South Walsham to Museum of the Broads

From South Walsham we sail to Ant Mouth then north up the Ant to cross Barton Broad and reach Stalham. Sailing on a wherry yacht, return transport by coach. 10am-4pm, £30pp.

Sat 9 September - How Hill

Part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days. As well as Hathor on view with periodic demonstrations of mast lowering and quanting, you can enjoy special access to How Hill with guided tours of the house. Tea room and gardens also open. House and wherry entry free of charge. 10am-4pm.

Sat 9 and Sun 10 September - Museum of the Broads
Wherry yacht at Stalham

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Part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days. As well as a wherry yacht on view, you can enjoy free access to the museum, and trips on steam launch Falcon (charge applies). 10am-4pm.

Mon 11 September - How Hill to Wroxham
Hathor sailing

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See Mon 28 August. Although Hathor is a little smaller than Ardea, her passage under Ludham Bridge is still a sight to behold as the crew must quant her through. Sailing on Hathor, return transport by coach. 10am-4pm, £35pp.

Mon 11 September - Museum of the Broads to How Hill

On a tranquil autumnal morning, the quieter upper reaches of the Ant are a beautiful place to be. Look out for kingfishers! Sailing on a wherry yacht, return transport by coach. 10am-4pm, £30pp.

Tue 12 September - How Hill to Wroxham
Hathor moored at sunset

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Our last sailing of the year, passing through Ludham Bridge and along the Bure to our wherry base at Wroxham. Sailing on a wherry yacht, return transport by coach. 10am-4pm, £35pp.

Sat 16 September - Friends' Annual Dinner

A chance for our Friends and their guests to come together and celebrate a successful season with a 2-course meal at Wroxham Barns Restaurant, plus an after-dinner speaker. Draws will be made for any completed 500-ticket Day Charter Raffles. Full details of the event to be provided in due course.

Sun 17 September - Wroxham Bridge

Wherry yacht on view. See Sun 21 May for details.

 

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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