A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

30 May 2012

Waterborne Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Hoveton

To commemorate the Queen's Accession to the throne, Hoveton is staging a special extended weekend of festivities in the Bure side village. The celebrations will culminate on Monday 4th June, with a parade of boats on the river. 

This historic event will evoke the water pageant staged for the Coronation in 1953, when Mrs Joan Newey (present Hoveton Parish Council Member) was conveyed in an open motor launch from Wroxham Broad to the Riverside Park (formerly Broads Tours), immediately downstream of the railway girder bridge. Joan was dressed in a regal costume as Elizabeth the First, accompanied by Ladies in Waiting, Page Boys and even Yeoman of the Guard. The occasion was heralded with much pomp and magnificence.

The 2012 spectacle will also reflect the large Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, involving some historic East Anglian craft. It is hoped that the Hoveton Water Procession will have a variety of boats, representing the history of the Broads waterways.

To round off the day, a picnic luncheon and barbecue for all the family, will take place at the green oasis of Riverside Park. Heather will join the merry making, by mooring above Wroxham road bridge, during the day. Do come and join in celebrations on the riverside.

The Crew


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