Win £500 towards a Norfolk Broads Direct Boating Holiday to experience the Broads National Park in style.
Visit Norfolk Broads Direct at Hall 11 Stand DO12 (visit East Anglia) at Vakantiebeurs 2017 for your chance to win £500 towards a luxury boating holiday* to experience the Broads National Park in style. Even if you are not a lucky winner you can still benefit from an exclusive 10% show discount on Norfolk Broads Direct boating holidays booked before 31 January 2017.
On board Norfolk Broads Directs’ self-drive luxury cruisers you can explore more than 200km of beautiful interconnected rivers and fresh water lakes, which are home to 25% of Britain’s rarest wildlife, and offer fabulous opportunities for bird watching, cycling, walking, fishing canoeing and much more.
Conveniently located in the Norfolk village of Wroxham in the East of England, Norfolk Broads Direct hires a fleet of 60 self-drive luxury cruisers to explore the Broads National Park at your own pace. We have one of the most modern fleets on the Broads, with something to suit everyone from a couple to large families. All of our boats are a real ‘home from home’, with the same conveniences and luxuries that you would expect in a holiday cottage.
Better still, the Broads National Park’s safe inland waterways mean that no boating experience is required and after a brief lesson from our experienced team, who are only ever a phone call away, you will soon be confident casting off on your own. After a day of exploration it’s up to you whether to moor up in wild places under the stars or choose to stop at a cosy riverside pub or village.
Famous for its tranquil reed lined waterways, huge blue skies, magnificent sunsets and familiar windmills the Broads National Park is rightly known as “Britain’s Magical Waterland”. Home to a quarter of all of Britain’s rarest species, the Broads National Park’s seven rivers and 50 shallow lakes are a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Topping the list for wildlife are playful Otters, soaring Marsh Harriers, the elusive Bittern and Britain’s largest butterfly, the Swallowtail, which is found nowhere else in the country. Click here to read a press release about wildlife on the Broads insert link.
It’s not just above the waterline that abounds with life on the Broads – it’s full of fish too – and if you are a keen angler this is the place for you. Almost 20% of visitors to the Broads National Park come for the fishing, just moor up in a likely spot, cast over the side of your Norfolk Broads Direct Cruiser and try your luck for all types of coarse fish (national fishing licence required). The Broads are particularly famous for large shoals of Bream and, above all else, huge predatory Pike which anglers come from miles around to try to catch.
With many secluded backwaters to explore you can also hire a canoe and glide silently along tranquil waterways. Getting so low to the water in the canoe really is quite magical, as well as giving you a better chance to see our shyer wildlife.
The Broads National Park is also famous for its sailing and one of the great joys while on holiday with us is seeing traditional wooden River Cruisers - many of them more than 100 years old - taking part in sailing regattas or just enjoying a pleasure cruise. There is also a good chance of spotting a unique style of Victorian and Edwardian trading barge, with an enormous single sail, known as a Wherry. There were more than 300 of these impressive boats carrying cargo around the Broads 150 years ago but now only seven remain in existence under the careful management of trusts who sometimes charter the boats for daytrips.
If you fancy sailing a boat yourself we can provide a small lugsail dinghy, which can be towed as a tender behind your Norfolk Broads Direct motor cruiser.
Just because you are staying on a boat, don’t think that your options for holiday activities are limited to the water though.
Cycle hire is available in many Broadland villages. Simply step ashore, hire a bike and explore more of the beautiful Broads National Park on quiet, pretty lanes that are flat and easy to peddle on – a bit like Holland!
Prefer to explore on foot? There are miles of long distance footpaths and shorter circular walks accessible from the riverside, where you can visit everything from wild nature reserves to cosy towns and villages. But perhaps our favourite short walk is from the moorings at Horsey windpump to beautiful Horsey beach – home to an enormous and spellbinding colony of seals, where more than 1,000 pups have already be born this winter!
Fancy shopping, history art and culture? Then make sure you visit the amazing Norman City of Norwich – England’s only UNESCO City of Literature - either by taking your Norfolk Broads Direct Cruiser to moorings in the heart of the city or by catching a train, bus or taxi from Broadland villages. Not only has Norwich got a fantastic castle and cathedral with the second highest spire in the UK, exploring its winding old streets will reveal some of the best and most independent shopping in the UK. There are also theatres, museums galleries and famous ale pubs to visit.
With an exclusive 10% discount on Norfolk Broads Direct 2017 holidays booked before the end of January for Vakantiebeurs 2017 customers – plus a chance to win £500 towards a Norfolk Broads Direct Boating holiday at the show - there really is no excuse not to explore this unique and beautiful corner of England.
For more information, visit us at Vakantiebeurs 2017 in Hall 11 Stand DO12 (visit East Anglia).
Alternatively view our full range of boats and book on broads.co.uk, or call + 44 1603 782 207 and quote VNBD17 for the discount. Competition only available at Vakantiebeurs 2017 stand.
Would you prefer to stay on dry land and take daytrips along the river?
Norfolk Broads Direct offer a great range of waterside holiday cottages in Wroxham, the capital of the Broads National Park, where you can explore the waterways with our sister company, Broads Tours, who are based next to our cottages.
Broads Tours run double deck trip boats, where expert skippers will teach you about the wildlife and history of the Broads National Park. Alternatively you can hire a small day boat and explore on your own for the day – don’t forget to pack a picnic! For more information click here link to Broads Tours Press release, visit www.broadstours.co.uk or see us at Vakantiebeurs 2017 in Hall 11 Stand DO12.
You can view or book our holiday cottages on the Norfolk Broads Direct website wwww.broads.co.uk or just speak to us in Vakantiebeurs 2017 in Hall 11 Stand DO12.
*Prize must be taken in 2017 season and is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.