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

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.

Sun 20 August - Wroxham Bridge

Wherry yacht on view, 10am-5pm, free. Ferry to Barton House Railway departs adjacent to wherry, 2-5pm (separate event, charge applies).

Wed 23 August - Wroxham to How Hill

See Tue 30 May for details. Sailing on Ardea, return transport by coach. 10am-5pm, £45pp. SOLD OUT

26 August - Ardea at How Hill

Ardea will be moored and on view with Hathor at How Hill.

Fri 25 August - Friends' afternoon tea

Exclusive event for Friends and their guests at How Hill House - why not become a Friend to join us for this delicious afternoon? Enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea, including How Hill's renowned home-made cakes, meet other Friends, enjoy wherry tours and talks, and share your experiences and memories of the wherries. Donations welcome. Booking essential.

Mon 28 August - How Hill to Wroxham
Hathor sailing

©C Tate

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. SOLD OUT

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. She departs on 11th September. 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
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.

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.SOLD OUT

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. SOLD OUT

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

©K Walters

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

©S Hines

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

©D Edleston

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 talk from Simon Partridge of How Hill Trust. Draws will be made for any completed 500-ticket Day Charter Raffles. Booking and menu details were sent to Friends with the May edition of the Gaff Line newsletter, but please contact us if you missed them.

Sun 17 September - Wroxham Bridge

No wherry viewing this month - all wherry yachts out on charter.

 

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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