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Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

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Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

I'm on a stag do next month and have hired out a boat for the weekend on the norfolk braods. However I was wondering what routes to take on the boat. We're starting at the River Thurne. We were gonna end up in Great Yarmouth for the friday night and then hoping to go to Norwich for the saturday night.

Does anyone know how long it takes to get from Potter Heigham to Great Yarmoth by cruiser boat and then Great Yarmouth to Norwich by cruiser boat?

Any advices on what routes to take and where to go etc etc etc. Any advices will be much appreciated

Cheers

Rob

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1. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

Rob, I see you are new on TA, and it would seem you are new to boating on English rivers and canals. The one thing to avoid at all costs is to rush from one place to another, and additionally there is very little "night life" as such unless you visit a large town. If you want the delights of Great Yarmouth and Norwich I wonder why on earth you have opted for a cruiser.

From the Thurne, there is only one route you can take if you wish to visit Yarmouth and Norwich. This particular route, especially between Acle and Yarmouth, is possibly the least attractive part of the Broads scenically and has few places to stop.

Speed limits on the Broads vary but you should never create a breaking wave. The Broads are heavily policed in the peak season. I suppose the intinery you propose might be possible depending on your start and finishing time, but highly undesirable, and you do have to return yoyur boat to the starting point at the appointed time, so the return journey could be problematical.

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2. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

I agree with the post above, You really should rethink your plans.

The River Thurne, I guess your starting at Potter Heigham or Wroxham, Sailing to Norwich would take the best part of a day, Sailing to Yarmouth and back just would not be possible in a weekend also pleasure boats are not allowed past the east end of Breydon Water and have to moor on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth, making it a long walk into town, I have been to many pubs along the Broads and you will find that very few of them would welcome a stag do.

Similary Great Yarmouth only has two or three clubs suitable for a stag do

Norwich on the otherhand is a great place for a night out or stag do with loads of bars/clubs to visit.

You have done very well to hire a boat because most of them have signs up saying "No all Male/Female groups"

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3. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

I appreciate the posts above, however I’m assuming your both Norfolk based and do not agree with single sex groups on your broads therefore I can clearly see how you have been not all that informative when giving me info on my post. Thanks anyhow.

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5. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

Then you assume wrong, You probably live nearer to Norfolk than I do, just I have been there a few timea,

As for single sex groups, no problem at all, I myself have been as part of a all male group many times and believe me hiring a boat is extremely difficult and some pubs wont even let you in.

Potter Heigham to Great Yarmouth Then Norwich by cruiser boat is around a 35-40mile trip at 4 mph that is around ten hours each way.

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6. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

Yes your right it was very hard getting a boat for a single sex group, thats why i emailed ONE company and didn't only get ONE boat I managed to get TWO for August peak season and i told them from the beginning that it was a stag do.

Fair play about not getting in every pub though but thats understandable any stag do you go you have trouble with this

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7. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

Take a look at this website It has info on routes times pubs etc www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk/3dayplan.html

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8. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

cheers for that

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9. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

If I recall correctly its very difficult getting under the bridge at Potter Heigham, though it made for a very exhilarating spectator sport - watching hapless folk making foolish attempts when the water was too high and hit the the bridge. I guess you need to be aware of tide times there?

That was about the extent of our excitement during a holiday on the very quiet Norfolk Broads. We did discover the odd nice pub along the way though, so all is not lost. I don't think its fair to say people were trying to discourage you. The norfolk broads are a great place to be, especially if you are good at making your own entertainment.

My tip: wherever possible avoid using the loos on board;-)

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10. Re: Norfolk Broads - Where to go on the boat and night life?

Rooker,

I'm presuming you're not after a raucous, wild stag do?

Because boating on the broads isn't really suited to getting completely trollied and hitting the copious "gentlemans clubs" that exist between Norwich & Yarmouth...

My main worry apart from the fact that you've somewhat underestimated timescales/speeds is the safety factor. I know that you'll probably think that I'm being stupid, but being drunk in charge of a boat is no laughing matter on the Broads, and the possibility of an accident is quite high. Just be careful out there!