Barton Broads Details

Fabulous Welly Weekend at Barton Broads

August Bank Holiday – 25/26/27 August

What’s it all about?     Seeing, and taking part in, the unique Barton Broads  Regatta, camping on a great camp site, eating home cooked food, and socialising.   

Those who went last year had an absolutely brilliant weekend.  New Wellys can get lots of background info and pics by having a look at WINDBAG on , pages 8-12 of Autumn 2010.


There’s a choice of

1.     taking part in the racing organised by the Norfolk Punt Club (see for all the details of last year – still  to be updated)

2.     fun sailing on the vast expanse of Barton Broads

3.     motor-boating round the adjoining staithes and broads

(NB. There is no easy access to the Broad except by boat because it is bordered by marsh)



·       Own tent £5 per head per night (max £12 per tent per night)

·       Barton Turf Activity Centre (BTAC) tents are Black Icelandics – classic “scout” tents on hard standing – 4 proper beds in each with mattresses.  £10 per head per night (bring sleeping bag and pillow)

·       Caravans/campervans £12 per night ADVANCE BOOKING only.




·       Sheila’s fabulous home cooked two-course dinner £10  (They can deal with veggies, gluten-free, dairy-free as a matter of course but need to know how many of each, and any food allergies etc)

·       Breakfast £5



NB.  RYA log books/certificates, or certificates of competence from Stanborough,  must be presented to comply with insurance

·       3 Wayfarers, 6 Coypus, 4 Topaz, 6 Toppers and 5 Oppies are available to hire at £5 per day

·        bring your own boat (daily launch fee of £4.20 applies which is collected by Simon Fishwick).

·       4 powered boats to hire (remember to bring your RYA Powerboat 2 qualification)

·       A Norfolk Oyster 18ft, ballasted, can be hired.  Wow, surely some brave Wellys are up for this?!  Price negotiable!   Suitable evidence of competence must be presented.

·       If you race, a daily race fee is charged by the Norfolk Punt Club - last year was £1.50



·       Take a boat trip from Neatishead on the ‘Ra’ solar-powered boat

·       Explore the BATC nature reserve on site

·       Walk the Barton Broad National Trust Boardwalk for great views (short car ride)

·       For more ideas and a great map see

·       Walk to Alderfen Broad Nature Reserve

·       Visit the churches at Barton Turf and Irstead

·       Explore the Alderfen Broad Nature Reserve

·       Bring a bike and cycle the quiet country lanes

·       Visit the coast for the day



·       A trip to one of the local pubs for a meal on one of the nights is worth considering. 



There is no strict programme.   Last year,  some Wellys arrived early on the Saturday, some came on Saturday afternoon.  Weather is a factor which tends to dictate the sailing.   Come with an idea of what you would like to do and use a bit of initiative!   For example, if you’d like to race then do your homework beforehand and check out the Norfolk Punt web site and talk to Shaun (he struggled to work out which race to enter last year and maybe your brains will help the cause!)  If you want to do some fun sailing then go ahead and hire a boat from Simon and get out there.  If you want to go walking, biking, exploring or just want to laze around then that’s OK too.  Everything’s possible and agreed “on the go”!



From WGCSC the best way to get there is up the A1 to Baldock, then A505 to Royston, then to Duxford, and up the A11 to Norwich. 


After that, the local directions are: 

From Norwich, take the A1151 through Wroxham and Hoveton. About 2 miles after leaving Hoveton, turn right onto an unclassified road signposted Neatishead and Barton Turf.

Go through Neatishead (beware: blind double bends!) over the bridge and take the first turning right (Hall Road), signposted Barton Turf.  On reaching Barton Turf, fork right beside the green, signposted "Staithe", and continue straight on down Staithe Road.

The Barton Turf Adventure Centre Sailing Base is on the left, behind a pair of double farm gates, about 75yds past Bittern Crescent.



You have just been reading lots of information about costs.  Simon Fishwick was more than generous to us last year and when we went to settle up, he tended to jot down some figures then come up with a “fair price” for what we owed him.  Simon and his wife Sheila, work really hard to give us a good time and the cost for an unforgettable weekend, including accommodation, facilities, food, and boat hire, is great value for money.




Download the attached BOOKING FORM and Terms & Conditions (BELOW)

ü     Complete it and return to BTAC at the

address at the top of the form

ü     Give names and contact details

ü     Boat details if bringing your own

ü     Accommodation requirements

ü     Food needed



D Brown,
28 Jun 2012, 04:53