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

2 July 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed

Heather's crew like to take a modest approach in presenting the houseboat. Although we are very proud to maintain a characterful vintage boat, on the colourful Broadland waterways. However, we don't like to dwell in the nostalgic past for long and look out for new ideas and objects to add to Heather's inventory. We hope to add to this revolving collection and establish a varied mix of objects.

In September, several personal objects from the 1950's will be displayed on board. These will relate to Heather, the Broads and our families from both North Yorkshire and further afield. There will also be a display of  literature about the Vintage Boat Association ~ a nationwide organisation which Heather is affiliated to. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of it's foundation.

(Top) The lavatory (heads) door has always swung open at inconvenient times. Amongst the interesting items at Royall's Boatyard Reception is a range of hand knitted door stops, along with other creative gifts. In June, we purchased the woollen male mallard duck, lovingly made by Sara Royall. The proceeds from the knitted items go to the Alzheimer's Society. The duck does an admirable job as a doorstop, but he needs a name ~ suggestions welcome.

(Middle) To commemorate the approximate anniversary of Heather being hired as a holiday home; Matthew Nicholson has recreated the 1950's pennant badge of Turner's Boatyard at Horning. This flag was used during Dennis George's ownership, when Heather berthed at the once vibrant mooring base. Matthew based his design on the pennant, as it appeared with other boat hire yards in Blakes Holidays brochures. The pennant is similar to the famous Hunter's Fleet version. It also reflects the Netherlands and of course the UK colours. 

(Bottom) Following his successful Open Studios exhibition, Thomas Coulby, kindly presented us with a charming sketch that he drew whilst on board in May.

The houseboat will be on view over the weekend of 14th and 15th of July, in Hoveton & Wroxham. On display will be information about the Vintage Wooden Boat Association. Why not come and find out about the interesting role of the Association and soak up the riverside atmosphere? You might be inspired to rescue a vintage boat!

The Crew


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