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A week on a boat in the Broads makes for the perfect family holiday.

Herbert Woods

Bridge Rd Potter Heigham Norfolk NR29 5JF 01692 670 711

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The Broads National Park is not only Britain's largest wetland, it's also by far the best and safest place in the country to take a boating holiday, and Herbert Woods have been offering just that for close to a century. Based in the thoroughly nautical village of Potter Heigham in the northern part of the Broads, you couldn't be in better hands than with this venerable outfit. You also couldn't be better placed to explore this magical waterland of rivers and creeks, lakes and inlets, with the busiest stretches of the Broads in one direction – towards Ludham, the pretty riverside village of Horning and Wroxham, the capital of the Broads – and the reedy wildernesses of Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere in the other. 

There's a wide selection of luxury cruisers to choose from, around 100 in all, with ample space for between 2 and 8 people. They come in various shapes and sizes, but all the boats have between 1 and 4 cabins, 1–2 bathrooms, cooking facilities, TVs and heating. And, what's more, they're remarkably easy to drive: you're given a full briefing on the workings of the boat, and a brief tutorial on how to control it before you set out, and after that it's up to you! There's something very special about setting off under your own steam, planning your route and deciding where to have a picnic or moor up for the night, whatever age you are – though kids especially love it, and in some ways it can be the perfect family holiday.

If you're unsure about spending the whole of your time on the water, Herbert Woods also offer shore-based accommodation in Potter Heigham, and also rent day boats by the hour and day if you want to dabble in a spot of boating. It is, without doubt, the best way to see this beautiful part of the country.

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The best-equipped 'Elite' cruisers start at £800–£1,200 a week, depending on the size of craft; others range from £500 to £700 a week. Short breaks are available from £400 to £800. Day boats cost £17–£19 an hour, or around £100 a day.


  • Dogs Welcome
  • DVD Players
  • Music System
  • Parking
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wifi

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  • Activities
  • Countryside
  • Family-Friendly
  • Getting Away from it All
  • Groups Welcome
  • Sensational Views
  • Something Different
  • Waterside


Boats and shore-based accommodation are available all year round.

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