A warm, friendly welcome

See on board the houseboat, visit the touring shop and relax on the riverside.

We look forward to welcoming visitors in 2018, as we celebrate ninety years since the rebuilding of a truly unique vessel.

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

17 May 2012

Flying colours


Heather will be flying the flag for genuine Broads heritage at the Green Boat & Tourism Show on Sunday. Look out for a display of colourful pennant flags of historic Hoveton & Wroxham boatyards.


The triangular flags were especially redrawn from a period document by nautical science student, Matthew Nicholson, for Celebrate Hoveton ~ Picnic in the Park 2011. The community festivals were staged at the Riverside Park, situated above Wroxham Bridge. They were envisaged as cultural, but at the same time fun 'picnics', in the mould of the original Broads Water Frolics. Some of the Celebrate Hoveton ideas have been so successful, that they have been subsequently copied by a local public organisation.


Two new pennants were used for the occasion. One represented the Broads area (above left), depicting a flock of Whooper swans in flight. Celebrate Hoveton (right) incorporates a roundel with a stylised ale hoof (ground ivy) leaf ~ a marsh loving plant and a possible derivation of the village name of Hoveton. The Celebrate Hoveton flag was designed by Matthew Nicholson and echoes the famed, native Broads fleet pennants of the past. 


The houseboat, in a small way, will continue the mission of the Celebrate Hoveton project, by being a mobile exhibition space......


Andrew

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe