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Sunday 10th July 2016 from 10am to 5pm Summer Fete & Water Frolic


Sunday 10th July 2016 from 10am to 5pm Summer Fete & Water Frolic


Herbert Woods, a long established and respected boating company on the Norfolk Broads, will be celebrating its 90th birthday with a summer fete and celebratory Regatta at Potter Heigham on Sunday 10th July 2016 from 10am to 5pm.

Water frolics and racing of every nature will be the theme of this free entry family fun day out!

From stand up Paddle Boarding, canoe and dingy sailing races, making your own raft and racing it, edible boat racing and a rubber duck race are all on the agenda!
You can also enjoy river trips on board Herbert Woods’ cruiser Spark of Light.

Stalham Brass Band will be providing the music and there will be craft and gardening stalls together with Potter Heigham Church selling tea and cakes. There will also be a hog-roast.

On display will be some of Herbert Woods’ vintage boats including A Countess of Light and Lady sailing boats. Tom Corbett will be bringing the only surviving and original Starlight boat sitting alongside Herbert Woods’ newest day hire boat, Starlight 24 Picnic Boat.
Entry is free and all proceeds will be donated to Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

For more details visit or telephone Tel: 01692 670711.

Herbert Woods joined the family firm of Walter Woods & Sons in 1922, due to his father’s ailing health, and built his first hire cruiser, ‘Speed of Light’, in his own workshop in 1926. In 1930 he undertook the huge project of digging out two acres of marshland by hand to form a marina, ‘Broads Haven’, the very first of its type in the UK.

During the Second World War, Herbert Woods undertook work for The Admiralty and Air Ministry, employing over 300 staff and building more than 200 vessels including Air Sea Rescue Launches, Pinnaces, Motor Torpedo Boats, 72ft Motor Launches, 52ft Harbour Launches and the renowned Airborne Lifeboats. Throughout the war the hire cruiser fleet was moored across Hickling and Wroxham Broads to deter enemy flying boats from landing.

In addition to building up a fleet of 18 ‘Lady’ hire yachts by 1939, the company also contributed significantly to the creation of:

The Norfolk Punt Club in 1926 – Punts were originally used by wildfowlers, but they were then developed for racing under sail. Herbert and his father before him were famous for designing and building ever faster racing craft, many of which are still sailing in the Club.

The ‘Lady’ Yacht Club in 1945 – formed primarily to encourage the younger members of staff to get out on the water and learn to sail, using the ‘Lady’ hire yachts. The Club exists to this day.

14ft Norfolk Dinghy – designed and first built in 1930 by Herbert Woods, these racing dinghies are now much treasured by their owners and have become an iconic class for the Norfolk sailing fraternity - a total of 86 were built.

Herbert Woods is a Partner of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Both organisations will be celebrating their 90th year in 2016.

For more information call 0800 144 4472 or visit

Herbert Woods, Broads Haven, Potter Heigham, Norfolk, NR29 5JF

Tel: 01692 670711

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