Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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2019 sailings are now open for booking. Each season we offer a variety of sailings, some with extras such as wildlife walks or afternoon tea. We believe that the best way to see the Broads is from the deck of an iconic wherry, but if you can't be on board then try to catch a glimpse of us sailing by. Our sailing season is May to September.

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 some 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.

Sailings

Our sailing schedule is currently available as a PDF. We are working on a new-style online listing which will show current availability as well as dates and other details, and this should be available soon. In the meantime, please see the PDF list - also ideal for printing and sharing.

Highlights this year include joint sailings with steam launch Falcon from Stalham's own Museum of the Broads, a sailing including a talk and demonstration at Thurne Mill, and catered day trips on Hathor from How Hill. We also have plenty of old favourites including our wildlife trips to Hoveton Great Broad, and the St Benet's Annual Service trip (although this year just one wherry, and leaving from South Walsham). Due to continued problems with finding suitable mooring at Ranworth, we are not offering short sailings there this year, but do have one day of three 2-hour sailings from How Hill. All details are in the schedule.

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.

A reminder that our members benefit from exclusive early booking on our scheduled sailings each year: become a Friend from just £15. Once the early booking period expires, we advertise sailings more widely and announce them via our mailing list.

Viewings

If you simply want to look around a wherry rather than sail, Pleasure Wherry Hathor is in residence at How Hill for the summer, with staffed viewings whenever we have volunteers available. Please do contact us to confirm availability if making a special trip. Other viewings, of Hathor and our other wherries, are listed on our schedule, including Hoveton's village charity day, county-wide Norfolk Day, and the national Heritage Open Days. These events are free of charge but donations are always appreciated. No booking is required.

Other events

We offer other events, some of which are exclusive to our Friends, but we list them here so you can see a flavour of what's on offer if you join. All events must be booked in advance unless otherwise specified. Contact the Friends to find out more, or if you are a member but don't have the details to hand (see the Gaff Line or our email updates).

Saturday 9th March - local author Phyllida Scrivens talks about her 2018 book on the Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich, including a connection to our own Hathor. Wroxham Church Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5, including tea or coffee, from Marlene Corke: 01603 781012 or mpc@cassis.eclipse.co.uk. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the door, but places are limited so please do book.

Saturday 6th April - Our successful quiz and supper night returns! Wroxham Church Hall, 7.30pm. Teams of up to six, £7.50 per person including home made sausage casserole (meat or vegetarian), BYO drinks and snacks. To book, contact Marlene Corke: 01603 781012 or mpc@cassis.eclipse.co.uk.

Saturday 11th May - season-opening gathering and sailing for current and prospective volunteers, meeting at the wherry base. Any remaining places will be offered to other Friends. BYO lunch tea and coffee provided, cakes to share will be appreciated!

Saturday 3rd August - Friends' bring and share supper aboard a wherry yacht at South Walsham.

Saturday 17th August - Friends' afternoon tea at How Hill House.

Saturday 5th October - Friends' annual dinner at How Hill House.

 

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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