Norfolk Broads boat holidays – top tips for October getaways

So the weather is getting a little less ‘Summery’ and the nights are drawing in, it may not seem like the best time of year to go on a boat holiday on the Norfolk Broads, right? Wrong. It’s actually almost an ideal season for a boating trip! The Broads are generally less busy, making it less competitive for free mooring spaces and less time waiting for your afternoon grub.

There is still plenty to do and see, so I thought I’d provide some events not to miss and must see things to experience for a bit of holiday inspiration!

Sailing Yachts on Barton Broad
Sailing Yachts on Barton Broad

Barton Charter Yacht Regatta:

An annual yacht regatta is due to take place from the 8th October to the 15th October on the Norfolk Broads next month. The event is an established series of sailing yacht holidays. Experienced yachtsmen are able to hire sailing yachts from Upton or Horning for the week, enter into the competition and enjoy some competitive spirit! Communal social activities are also scheduled for the evenings of the regatta period, including the prize giving and regatta dinner.

Barton Broad:

Barton Broad is the second largest Broad in Norfolk, reputedly Admiral Nelson’s sister once lived in Barton Hall and Nelson himself learnt to sail on this Broad. It’s is brimming with wildlife, being part of Britain’s largest nature reserve. Along the Barton Broad is a nature trail that leads you through ancient woodland to a platform with views of the waters awaiting you.


BeWILDerwood is a children’s adventure park, open all season until the 30th October. Snagglefang’s spooky spectacular event is taking place this October half term from the 24th. Not to be missed if taking young children on your boating holiday, with mask decorating and lantern making festivities taking place at the park.

Wroxham Barns:

On saturday the 8th October a Norfolk Farmer Market event is taking place here, where you can pick up some of the locals finest food collections, or simply go for the free tasters! Other attractions at Wroxham Barns include mini golf course, a farm and shopping facilities, which are open through out the year.

Norfolk Broads Windmill
Norfolk Broads Windpump

Historic Sightseeing:

Norfolk is famous for its churches and historic landmarks, some of which can be spotted from the Rivers and others you can moor up and explore. Medieval churches to check out include ‘St Helens Church’ in Ranworth, dating from the 14th century, this is one of largest Churches on the Broads. Famous for a Medieval Latin book produced in 1460, that is on display here. ‘Langley Abbey’ on the River Yare opened to the public just last year, and visitors can stroll around the Abbots cellar and check out the private chambers and stone carvings created back in 1197.

Bure Valley Railway:

Open all year this railway offers the traditional steam train experience. The train is taking on a Halloween theme called ‘the Spooky Express’ from the 22nd to 30th October. There are lots of competitions for the children to take part in, and beautiful Norfolk views for the adults.

The Norfolk Broads remain alive all year round, all of which can be experienced on a holiday afloat!

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