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Boating on the Norfolk Broads With Your Children

Choosing the right holiday for you and your family can be rather stressful. You need something that will keep everyone happy and if you choose to stay in the UK it needs to be something that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Nowadays you also need something with some action and adventure.

So, OK, obviously a Norfolk broads boating holiday is better if the sun is shining and the rain isn't falling, but anyone with kids will be able to tell you they do not care about the weather. In fact, they like nothing more than jumping in muddy puddles and refusing to put their coat on when the wind is blowing!

The thing to remember is that driving a boat is easy and that full tuition is given. Plus boats are well equipped with toilets, showers, cooker, fridge, microwave, and comfortable living and sleeping quarters. Some boats also allow you to bring your dog which saves on the pain of leaving your best friend behind and is also a lot cheaper than boarding kennels.

Life Jackets

So, what's in it for you? Well, the Norfolk Broads has some of the best wildlife and scenery you can see. History and heritage are also abundant with numerous churches, stately homes and windmills to be enjoyed. You can holiday at the pace you want and plan your own adventure. What's in it for the kids? Adventure sums it all up. Travelling on a boat is in itself an exciting thing. Driving the boat with mummy or daddy is even better. This along with the fact that the Norfolk Broads is packed with family attractions such as theme parks, tree-top adventures, animal attractions and the famous Great Yarmouth and its bright lights, is bound to keep your little treasures amused. Fancy dress as pirates in something else that usually entertains - especially if travelling on a pirate ship! The fine city of Norwich is also along the way with some of the best shopping, restaurants and pubs in England.

If the weather is good then why not get out your fishing rod or binoculars and see what great wildlife you can spot. The Broads is a haven for unusual wildlife and a great range of fish. However, always be aware of the fishing season and licences. If it is a rainy day then you can have some traditional quality family fun with board and card games. In fact, we asked our Facebook Followers to help us compile a list of favourite games to take on a boating holiday and these were the results:

   1. Scrabble

   2. Crib

   3. Rummikub

   4. Trivial Pursuit

   5. Uno

   6. Dominoes

   7. Monopoly

Other popular games were: Cranium, Yahtzee, Connect 4, Guess Who, Battleships, Chinese Checkers and Pontoon.

For those families who like an adventure holiday the Broads has sailing schools and you can also hire sailing or rowing dinghies with your boat. If you are a fan of canoeing visit the Broads Canoe Hire Association website and you can find out where to hire canoes from. Cycling is another favourite with boaters and there are many great cycle routes and places where you can cheaply hire bikes for the day.

When it is time to relax, boats are now equipped with most mod-cons so there is nothing wrong with enjoying some TV or a DVD together. Sitting with your children and discussing what you are watching is extremely educational.


If any parents are concerned whether they can drive a boat as we have already said don't be. It really is very straightforward and a full trial run is given to ensure you are confident with handling and mooring the boat as well as all the safety aspects of being on a boat. Life jackets are fitted and supplied too. What's more, there are no locks to navigate!

Each boat is equipped for cooking on board with fridge, cooker and some have microwaves. This means you can enjoy some home cooked meals as well as treating yourself to some meals out at the abundance of restaurants, pubs, fish and chip shops and specialist eateries.

Once the little ones are in bed evenings can be enjoyed on board by mum and dad. Watching the sunset over the water really is very romantic (if you are into that sort of thing!). You can also enjoy a drink together but never drink and drive a boat.


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