Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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Charter a wherry for your special occasion, or for a relaxing family holiday.

Two girls and a crew member looking at the sail.

Education is a core aim as we raise awareness of wherries and their importance in local history and culture. From schools activities to private talks and public viewings, we can cater to a range of audiences.

Our education offering for 2018

We are pleased to be working with the education team at the How Hill Trust, a beautiful and fascinating location that provides an ideal venue for school visits. The wherry Hathor is moored at How Hill staithe for the summer months and can be a visit can be organised as part of a day or residential visit.

A visit to Hathor can be part of a standard day visit, which comprises of three activities and a short lunch break, or we can offer a more in depth look at Hathor where half of the visit is spent at the wherry and the other half on another of How Hill Trust's activities. A typical day visit will run from 10am-2pm.

The wherry activity will involve a talk from the skipper about the history of the boat, an impressive demonstration of the mast being lowered and raised followed by a chance to go on board as well as some onshore activities. When aboard there will be a chance to learn about the unique Egyptian style interior and what it might have been like to holiday and work on a pleasure wherry. The onshore activities include knot tying, raising a sail, and learning the science behind the balance of the mast.

The other activities that How Hill have to offer can be seen on their website. For more information about organising an educational visit for your group please contact Lizzy Ames: lizzy@howhilltrust.org.uk.

Adult residential courses

For 2018 How Hill are also offering, as part of their wide-ranging programme of educational events, two residential wherry courses. On one of these courses you will enjoy accommodation at historic How Hill house plus exclusive daily wherry sailings on our 1927 Pleasure Wherry Ardea, the last and most luxurious wherry ever built. On the first course, 25th August to 1st September, Ardea will sail, day by day, from Wroxham to Norwich, while on the second, 10th-15th September, she will make the return journey. Each course includes the necessary transport to and from the wherry each day, full board accommodation, and evening talks on the history of wherries and WYC's work to preserve them. All enquiries should be directed to How Hill using the above links.

Learn more about our wherries

For full details of our fleet of historic wherries and their history, please visit the About WYC section of this website. We welcome enquiries from any groups who are interested in a guided visit or an illustrated talk on any aspect of our boats or our work - please contact us. Our public viewings, always free of charge, are advertised on our events page.

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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