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 2014

Under canvas at Fairhaven

The Fairhaven Green Festival merged with the Green Boat Show this year. It was well attended and the fine weather encouraged families out on the water in sail, electric, paddle and pedal powered craft. A lively Morris dancing troupe, Pedant's Revolt, dressed in shades of purple, performed on the grass. Several stalls and attractions were located around the woodland gardens.

South Walsham Inner Broad was used extensively by the BBC for filming their serialisation of Arthur Ransome's Broadland books in 1984. The Staithe was featured as Ranworth Staithe in the Big Six, a playful dectective story, where the children track down people who have maliciously been casting boats off their moorings. Heather moored in the same place DEATH AND GLORY appeared in the production. This charming black tarred ships' boat is still floating around on the Northern Rivers.

The tent was set up beside Heather. Made by Relum, it is a classic frame tent, of green and cream colour with purple trim. Under the sun canopy, pamphlets were displayed and some items from Ludham Bridge cabins were offered for sale. There looks to be a resurgence in camping in Broadland. Laying in the dike on view were one of Royall's exceptional wood punts, a runabout punt of 1880 vintage and a glass fibre canoe.

"How hard to realise that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountain top it is easy to realise that whatever special nests we make - leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone ~ we all dwell in a house of one room ~ the world with the firmament for its roof ~ and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track." 

John Muir


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