Things to do in Norfolk in February Half Term

Looking for a day out in Norfolk this February Half term with fun for the family, friends and even pets?

Avoid the crowds this half term and do something a little different!

Get out and up close to nature, take a day and explore the Norfolk Broads at your leisure, aboard a Herbert Woods picnic boat. Hiring a picnic boat on the Norfolk Broads this time of year (whilst that sounds like an unusual choice), you’ll get up close to wildlife and birds that have migrated here for the winter months and the Broads will be quieter with lots of places to moor up at if you want to stop off somewhere.

Hire a Herbert Woods Picnic Boat

Herbert Woods picnic boats are something quite special and with 5 brand new picnic boats being added to the fleet shortly, there’s no shortage! Made from fibre glass, with a twin sliding top canopies (there’s no canvass coverings to be found here), there’s on board heating and with full views out front and back, no-one will miss a thing. Got a dog? – bring them along too! They seat a maximum of 10 people and include a single gas hob, fridge, sink and toilet and are equipped with mugs, glasses, plates, bowls, cutlery, kettle, tin opener, corkscrew, chopping board and kitchen knife.You don’t need any experience, the engine is quiet, it’s easy to steer & comes with a forward decking area to sit out on if you’re blessed with a sunny day.

You’ll be given a privilege card with exclusive offers and discounts at local pubs, restaurants and attractions.
For the children, every child will be given a Broads Explorer Log Book to spot wildlife, learn fun facts, a Broad’s word search, a captain’s log to log where you started and what you saw along the way, colour in a cruiser and learn to tie knots like a real sailor! At the end of the trip, hand into reception and they’ll be given a Broads Explore Gift Certificate and their completed log book back.


Herbert Woods boat hire is perfectly located on the River Thurne in the village of Potter Heigham with easy access to many popular spots.

Prior to departing everyone on board will be provided with a tutorial and safety briefing by one of the Herbert Woods team, life jackets for all passengers, a full tank of fuel and a map of the Norfolk Broads.

There are many different places to visit;

Head up to Ranworth Broad & go up the church tower’s spiral staircase with 89 steps and two ladders and see the amazing views. Check out 

You could go to the Maltsters pub for lunch, there are free moorings on the Staithe about 75 yards from the pub. Family run and dog friendly. Or tuck into a picnic on board instead!

Wroxham is a popular place to visit, with shops, plenty of places to eat & not forgetting a visit to Wroxham Miniature World.

How about a visit to How Hill, with secret gardens, woodlands and and great views over the River Ant with historic windmills?

The list is endless, but you’re at the helm to enjoy the broads at your own pace!


How to Book

Call us on 0800 144 4472

During February 2018 picnic boats can be booked in advance for hire 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday for £162 including a 10% discount
Half Day bookings for picnic boats from 12-4pm can also be made on the day subject to availability for £90 including a 10% discount


Terms and conditions

Please check the website for year-round costs and terms and conditions
Advanced Bookings can only be made for a full day (9am – 4pm). Subject to availability and weather conditions at time of hire. Advanced bookings cannot be made for half day hire.
A £50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book. (max 2 transfers)
Herbert Woods reserves the right to charge a £100 damage deposit in addition to the hire charge, this will be refunded on your return, provided that the boat is left in clean condition and without damage or loss of equipment.


Did you find this article useful? Why not visit our Norfolk Broads boating holiday page or browse our fantastic boats for hire for more information on our services?