Broads Tours Discovery Trips Norfolk

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Barbara Greasley

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East of England

The Bridge, Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8RX

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Broads Tours have been introducing the Broads, Britain’s magical waterland to school children for many years. These fun educational trips can be tailored to fit in with the curriculum being studied by individual schools.

Listed under: Environmental Studies | Outdoor Education | Historical Heritage | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Boat Trips | Day Trip Destinations | Leisure and Tourism | Geography | Wildlife and Nature Reserves

What we offer

Our two or three hour Discovery Trips have three stages:
1. An introduction to the Broads, looking at the landscape and use of the land, history and creation of the area, evolution of Broads tourism and the conservation and management whilst being driven from Wroxham, the heart and capital of the Broads, to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail where we meet the trail warden for stage two.

  1. A more in depth look at the landscape as we move through the wet woodland and marshes on a board walk in small groups (maximum of 15) guided by the trail wardens, skipper and tour leader, all of whom have lived and worked in the Broads for many years. We look at the changes to the landscape for its management, conservation and protection of key broadland species, the impacts of tourism on conservation and the developing Hoveton Wetlands Restoration Project.
  2. As we return to Wroxham, we recap on topics covered in a fun, yet educational quiz. Depending on group size, free time for part of the return trip and wildlife tick sheets can incorporated.

The one hour trip is a taste of the Broads and covers: current land usage, land use over the years, how the Broads was formed, tourism and recreational activities and some wildlife.

Following the river Bure from the Broads Tours boat yard, through the villages of Hoveton and Wroxham looking at methods of house building and uses of buildings (holiday lets, boat yards, houses), then onto Wroxham Broad, crossing the Broad and returning to the boatyard via the river.

What makes us a great choice?

We offer a unique trip to one of the Broads’ most secluded nature trails allowing children to get a feel of the Broads whilst on board the boat on the journey to and from the trail, with an eye opening visit through small group walks guided by knowledgeable staff exploring a variety of Broadland habitats.

Accreditation and Awards

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 and all skippers hold a Maritime and Coastguard Agency boatmaster’s licence, with all vessels certified by the MCA.

Group Sizes Catered For

We cater for groups from 20-60 children.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We currently do not provide teacher’s packs or work sheets for pre or post visit works. During the trip, we provide wildlife tick sheets developed with the RSPB, and also themed colour in and activity sheets.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, as long as it does not disrupt the session.



Risk Assessment Details

We provide risk assessments for the boat trip and walk around the nature trail as required. Teachers and organisers are welcome to visit and be shown around the boats prior to booking. On booking, all teachers are sent a copy of our code of conduct.

Education Officer Information

Discovery Trip contact: Barbara Greasley 01603 782207

Pricing Information

1 hour trip: £5.50 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children
2 hour trip: £6.75 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children
3 hour trip: £7.75 per person, 1 adult free per 10 children

Clothing Requirements

Sensible outdoor clothing is required: water proofs in case of inclement weather when around the nature trail and sensible outdoor shoes. Wellies may be required if the water levels are high (we will notify prior to visit).

First Aid Information

Staff all hold a current Emergency at Work First Aid certificate, with the appropriate number of first aid kits on board the boat. In the toilet block and waiting area in the boat yard there is a defibrillator.

Available Facilities

Packed lunches can be eaten on board the boat, or in the waiting area at our boat yard.

Toilets can be found on board the boats with hand washing facilities. Toilets are also found adjacent to the boarding area at the boatyard.



use can be arranged.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Those with disabilities can be accommodated, with one boat being able to take wheelchairs (subject to availability).

Some aspects of the trip (disembarking at, and access around Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail) are not suitable for wheelchairs or those with limited maneuverability but alternative options can be discussed.

Students with learning difficulties can be accommodated, please advise prior to the trip.

Opening Hours & Information

8am-5.30pm, 7 days a week, March – October. We typically run Discovery Trips from 10am in the main season (March – October) subject to boat availability. Trips outside of Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail’s open season (Easter – end of September) will be restricted to the boat with no walk or stopping point. We do not run Discovery Trips in July or August.


‘Our Geography department has been using Broads Tours for 15 years and we have always been delighted with the service we have received’ – Hethersett Academy.

Other Information

We are happy to tailor trips to your specification, covering specific topics or different length trips. Please ring to discuss.

For longer trips, activities such as pond dipping, plant identification and binocular use can be arranged.

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