spring on the riverside

Welcome, Ahoy

Heather is a traditional yet quirky houseboat, laying on the Broads Waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk. Maintained by two friends, she has been home to artists, holiday visitors and mariners for generations.

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


Christopher, Andrew

Christopher, Andrew

Public Staithes

Public Staithes

29 March 2013

60th Anniversary of Heather in hire

Easter is generally held as the launch of the Broads season. A time when newly refurbished craft are made ready for use. In Heather's case this usually takes place much later; sometimes in a more haphazard fashion, rather than 'Bristol fashion.'

2013 looks to be a year of commemorations of one kind or another. It is special for Heather, in 1953 began service as a stationary hire boat. Dennis and Peggy George took over the reigns of Turner's Boatyard, based at a sylvan corner of Horning, close to the famous Ferry Inn. The houseboat became part of their fleet, all named after flowers. She remained at the mooring basin for some thirty years, a few paces away from the River Bure ~ one of the chief rivers of Norfolk. Although Turner's has long since closed, boating continues to be the precious lifeblood of the Broads. Without the motor cruisers, yachts, houseboats, dinghies and a medley of other craft, the area would be quite literally dead in the water.

We will be exploring the mysterious history of this quirky vessel, visiting new places and looking at sustaining her future on the Broadland waterways. Everyone is welcome to join us at events and open days around the northern rivers this season.

Chris

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