Come for a half day cruise in one of our motor boats. All have wheelchair lifts and kitchen and toilet facilities.
We have three motor cruisers. Maureen Kenyon (8 passengers). Nancy Bee II (9 passengers) and White Admiral (8 passengers). All of them have a wheelchair lift, galley and toilet facilities, heating for chillier days, and lifejackets and buoyancy aids available on board. White Admiral is a 28 ft. electric powered cabin cruiser. She can carry up to 8 passengers for a quiet eco-friendly trip along the rivers Ant and around Barton Broad, and is ideal for wildlife spotting. Nancy Bee II and Maureen Kenyon are diesel powered motor boats, usually based at Ludham Bridge, a short (10 minute) drive from the Centre. From Ludham you can cruise the Rivers Ant, Bure and Thurne, perhaps cruising up the winding River Ant to How Hill or downstream past the remains of St Benet’s Abbey on to the faster flowing River Bure. The choice is yours.
The volunteer driver will point out wildlife and places of interest as you go along. You can even have a go at driving the boat!
Supported fishing can be arranged from the Ark, our floating pontoon, private dyke or Pioner motor boats.
In winter good bags of roach, perch, bream, cocky ruffes and pike to 20lb are to be found in the dykes and boat basins. Fishing equipment is available at the Centre but visitors are encouraged to bring their own.
Anglers will require their own licences.
Barton Broad is ideally suited for bird watching and the study of plant and animal life which abounds in the area.
The Norfolk Broads comprise a variety of habitats including reed and sedge fen, alder carr swamp, grazing marsh, rivers, estuary, salt marsh and the wide shallow broads themselves.
The Broads lie along the east coast bird migration routes so there is a real chance of a rare sighting, and some great opportunities to see winter wildfowl. Within a short drive there are many RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves. We provide binoculars if you don’t have your own.
For the more inquisitive there are many places where ‘pond dipping’ can be carried out as well as finding out how the Broads were formed, maintained and much more. The Centre is ideally situated for school groups to work on various aspects of the National Curriculum.