As the end of the year is starting to roll around I can’t be the only one that starts to think about what next year will bring in terms of family time and even holidays.
With so many choices available we like to mix up our breaks with something new every now and again and this coming year might just be one of those times.
As a teenager I was very fortunate to be able to spend a fair amount of my spare time out on the water as my Dad had a boat on a local canal and I would regularly canoe for fun, so water played a big part of my life. I even sailed a yacht to Holland at age 14/15!
During my adult years life has got hectic and fast paced and both Ollie and I are now looking for ways to slow the pace and enjoy the family we have created.
One of the holiday options we have considered is a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads, there is something rather peaceful and serene about discovering an area by water and the opportunity to teach my boys new skills and take them on an adventure it sounds super in my book.
For us the idea of visiting unspoiled villages and market towns, along with discovering what 125 miles of navigable waterways has to offer sounds just perfect.
You don’t just have the options of being on the water all day with places like the Bure Valley Railway where you can take a trip on a steam locomotive to add the experience of the holiday too or why not soak up the abundance of historical and cultural sites that the Norfolk Broads have to offer.
We have obviously looked into what other things we would like to do and some of the places on our must visit lists are:
Somerleyton Hall – This estate and hall, located in the village of Somerleyton (which has 14 free mooring spots) looks like they are packed with things to do for the whole family with gardens and even a maze it could be a prime location to walk off some energy and even purchase a memento from the on site gift shop.
Hardley Windmill – Is a restored mill and free visitors centre beside the River Yare this something that I would love to see and show Joshua this wonderful part of history as I know he would find this fascinating.
Wroxham and Hoveton – Are two connected villages that are split by the River Bure. Wroxham is known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads and is packed with restaurants and shops and can be fairly busy in the summer months but if you’re planning a trip off-season, no need to fear as its open all year round.
However with months to go before we could consider a visit I am sure this list will only be getting bigger.
If you do decide to take to the water on a boating holiday next year you don’t have to be a master mariner either as when you hire a cruiser you are given an in-depth lesson before hand too, so no experience is necessary.
Have you ever been on a boating holiday? Well, 2017 might just be our year to try.
*This is a collaborative post*