This year sees the publication of the 25th edition of Broadcaster, the Broads Authority’s free visitor magazine, which has all you need to know about where to go and what to do including a boating basics guide with a useful map, suggestions of where to eat or stay, a full events guide and everything else you need to visit the Broads National Park by land or water.
One very special Broads experience is to step aboard one of the traditional sailing wherries, which are all about 100 years old. Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust, the Norfolk Wherry Trust and Wherry Maud Trust all have lots of events for everyone to enjoy, from now and right through the summer, all listed within the pages of Broadcaster.
There are open days when you are welcome on board the wherries free of charge while they are moored, you can book a half-day or day sailing trip and there are some short sailing trips as well (charges apply for all sailing trips).
The 2018 Broadcaster includes a welcome to the Broads from Peter Bower, who set up Wherry Yacht Charter. In his article he shares his love of the Broads and tells the story of how the wherries first captured his interest.
Pleasure Wherry Hathor will be moored at How Hill Staithe on the River Ant near Ludham from 4 until 7 May, then Sundays and other selected dates until late September. “We look forward to welcoming you on board,” said Peter. “The aim is to keep the wherries afloat for future generations. They are beautiful boats and their story is such an important part of the history of the Broads.”
All three Trusts are very keen to welcome volunteers, so if you’d like to learn to sail a wherry and join the crew, or if you’d like to volunteer in other ways, such as assisting at public open days, they’ll be very pleased to hear from you. Wherry Yacht Charter has drop-in training days at How Hill on 13 and 20 May, for more details go to www.wherryyachtcharter.org
The Broadcaster visitor magazine, with details of wherry events and much more, is available from Broads National Park information centres and yacht stations, the Broads Authority (Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich), The Forum in Norwich and many other outlets across the Broads.
For an online version of Broadcaster and details of all Broads events throughout the year, including the Broads Outdoors Festival (running until 13 May), go to www.VisitTheBroads.co.uk
Friday 4 May 2018