© 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.
- 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. BHR runs 2.30pm-5.30pm (usual admission applies), and our wherry viewing (free) runs 10am-5pm. Please note that we are unable to offer the previously advertised wherry base opening, for operational reasons.
- 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.