Richardson’s Boating Holidays
The Richardson’s Boatyard is ideally situated in the very heart of the Norfolk Broads with easy access to the main cruising areas of all of the major Broads.
Richardson's is based at Stalham, just 14 miles from both Norwich and Great Yarmouth, this site covers some 20 acres and is the largest Norfolk Broads base.
Explore at your own pace
There are five rivers which flow through the Broads - the Bure, the Yare, the Ant, the Thurne and the Waveney.
The Broads are basically 40 or so shallow lakes which are the result of flooding the remains of medieval peat diggings. Altogether there are some 125 miles or 200 kilometres of lock-free navigable waterways to explore.
What to look out for
Some of the most famous landmarks on the Broads are the numerous windmills which were once used for drainage purposes in the nineteenth century. Four of these restored mills are now open to the public during the summer season. Berney Arms Mill is situated on the west bank of the river Yare about half a mile south-east of the railway station and Stracey Arms Mill is on the river Bure between Stokesby and Great Yarmouth.
Horsey Mill can be found between Horsey Mill Staithe and the coast road and is maintained now by the National Trust. Thurne Mill is the fourth of the restored open mills and is situated alongside the river Thurne in the village of Thurne about one mile west of the B1152 Acle - Martham road. However it is only open on Sundays during the summer.
Wroxham, Potter Heigham and Beccles all have low bridges through which some boats will not pass at any time. These are clearly marked on plaques on board to remind you. The pilots at Potter Heigham are the final judges of whether your boat may safely pass under the bridge. Water and tidal conditions may make bridges impassable to ALL boats at certain times. However this will not prevent you enjoying these places as there are plenty of moorings close-by and you may moor free of charge at any boatyard in the area.
If your idea of enjoyment is the peace and tranquillity that a quality fishing spot can offer, then the Broads is an Aladdin’s cave of treasure just waiting to be discovered. As well as the two main tidal rivers that are fished, the Broads themselves present a huge variety of challenges to the ambitious angler, and with numerous tackle shops throughout the area, you will never be short of advice and help. The Norfolk Broads are one of England’s most unique areas and offer attractions to all who visit.
Dog Friendly Holidays
Treat your pet to a Richardson’s Boating Holiday There’s nothing more heartbreaking than booking your holiday - but knowing that your beloved pet won’t be able to come with you. Happily, Richardson’s Boating knows that families want to holiday together, so they’re pleased to announce that your dog can hop aboard with you!
Not only does this reduce stress levels for everyone, including your pet, but it’s also much easier on your finances. The average price* of housing your dog in a kennel for a week is £90; you can reduce your costs to just £35 per week/short break if you’re bringing your pet on a Richardson’s Boating holiday. That’s a huge saving before you’ve even left the house!
So, forget all about expensive kennels and separation anxiety, and start packing your pet’s favourite toys! We hope to see you and your four-legged friends having a great time on our boats this summer.
Day Boat Hire
Guide Dogs Accepted
On Site Fishing
Open - All Year
Open - Easter
Pay & Display Parking
Tea & Coffee Making