Classic Boat Charter on the Norfolk Broads

Cruise the Broads in style on board our classic boat Spark of Light

Travel back in time as you step aboard this traditional wooden Norfolk Broads cruiser, designed and built by Herbert Woods himself, Spark of Light’s striking good looks mean that she commands attention as she glides majestically around the Broads and rivers.

Available to hire for a full day, Spark of Light is the perfect way to explore the Broads National Park. This classic cruiser is the oldest Herbert Woods hire boat afloat, originally built in 1927 she has been gradually restored over the past 5 years. Every effort has been made to preserve or replicate the interior in its original style. Discover Spark of Light's history.

You can charter this classic day boat and sit back and relax whilst our skipper navigates the tranquil waters of the Rivers Thurne, Ant and Bure. How you spend the day is up to you, Spark of Light has a fully equipped kitchen and toilet facilities onboard so you can comfortably spend the day afloat. Bring a picnic or let us organise one ready for your arrival, choose from a selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Alternatively, stop and enjoy a meal at one of the pretty riverside villages along the way.

This Norfolk Broads day boat trip is perfect for a celebration, let our Concierge Service help plan your special day.  We can recommend an itinerary, make restaurant reservations or arrange a cake and decorations just contact us in advance by email or call 0800 144 4472.

Full Day Private Hire with Skipper                                        £300

Up to 6 persons | 10am – 4pm | Sorry no pets

To book call 0800 144 4472 

Spark of Light Saloon  Spark of Light Vintage Crockery

Spark of Light Galley  Spark of Light Bathroom



Spark of Light operates within a 6-hour cruise time of Potter Heigham, the itinerary is flexible so you can choose from any of the following destinations and take your time exploring the Broads. Your skipper will be more than happy to wait if you wish to disembark to stretch your legs or take on refreshments. (Please note it is not possible to visit all of the destinations below in a single trip.)

Ludham & Womack Water

Just a 20 minute cruise from Potter Heigham the thatched village of Ludham sits on the banks of Womack Water. On the way you will pass by Hunters yard and Norfolk Wherry Trust where you may catch a glimpse of Hunters fleet of wooden 1930's sailing yachts and the 'Black Sailed Trader' Wherry Albion. 

At the staithe you will find two shops including a gift shop selling drinks and ice creams. A short walk from the staithe the village is home to the Kings Arms pub, Alfresco Tea Rooms, Throwers convenience store and Ludham butchers. 


Home to one of the most photographed drainage mills on the Broads, Thurne is a popular destination for boaters due to its ample moorings. The mill is open to the public on selected dates throughout the year click here or you can enjoy a meal at the Lion Inn or browse the gift shop.

St Benet’s Abbey

Visit the ruins of this Anglo Saxon monastery, although the only buildings that remain are the gatehouse and wind pump it is still possible to see how the site was laid out and interpretation boards help tell the story of its interesting past.

South Walsham Broad & Fairhaven Gardens

South Walsham Broad is split in to two Broads the outer Broad which is a accessible to the public and the private inner Broad surrounding Fairhaven. From the moorings at fleet dyke it is a 30 minutes walk into the village where will find The Ship Inn serving excellent home cooked food, the church of St Mary and the church of St Lawrence. Explore the footpaths at Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden and stop for coffee and cake at Kingfisher Tea Rooms.

Malthouse Broad & Ranworth

Raworth at the edge of Malthouse Broad is a great place to visit, climb the tower at St Helens Church for panoramic views of the Broads, visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trusts Visitor Centre or enjoy a meal overlooking the water at Granery Stores or the Maltsters.

How Hill

Journey up the River Ant to How Hill, although the Edwardian House is not open to the public you can still enjoy the wonderful views and explore the rest of the estate. Wander the nature trail, explore the secret garden or visit the Toad Hall cottage where you can see how marshmen lived in Victorian times. There is also lovely tea room open from May to October.


The small village of Upton is home to The White Horse a traditional family and dog friendly pub owned by the community. They serve a great selection of home cooked local food and real ales. Next door you will also find the community shop selling deli items, baked goods from the local craft bakery and bottle beers and ciders all produced within a five mile radius. From there moorings there is a lovely circular walk which takes in the countryside surrounding the village.


The small market town of Acle can easily be accessed by footpath from the moorings at Acle Bridge. Here you will find takeaway restaurants and a pub. The Bridge Inn serving home cooked food or if you fancy something a little different why not try Pedros Mexican cuisine. 


Over looking the river Bure, the quiet village of Stokesby is home to The Ferry Inn a lovely country pub with beer garden overlooking the river. You will also find Riverside tea room and stores, serving light lunches and cream teas.

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