Written by: Joanne Lowe
A holiday with the family is a time for relaxing, bonding and sharing fun experiences with each other, but if you choose the wrong type of holiday all of these ideas can go out of the window. With children it needs to be something which will keep everyone happy. Nobody wants to hear, “I’m bored,” on day one. If you decide to stay in the UK, boating on the broads could be just the thing to tick all of those boxes, and the Norfolk Broads is a popular place to do it. Even if the weather is bad it still offers an element of excitement.
Boating on the broads will allow you to see some of the best wildlife and scenery around. Churches, windmills they’re all there to visit along with theme parks and animal attractions for the kids, and you can take it in at your own pace. It’s also a great adventure for children. The whole experience of getting on a boat is exciting in itself with the chance to drive the boat and help out onboard thrown in. Norwich and Great Yarmouth are also close by if you fancy a spot of shopping or city life for a day.
It’s important to bear safety in mind on this kind of holiday. Trying to stop a boat with your hand or foot, standing up in a dinghy and sitting on the edge of the boat when it’s moving; these are all simple safety tips to make sure no one gets hurt.
On The Move
If you’ve never done it before there’s no need to worry, driving a boat is easy and full tuition and a trial run is usually given to make sure you are confident handling the boat. Life jackets are supplied too, and on the broads there are no tricky locks to navigate. Boats are well equipped with everything you’ll need toilets, showers, cooker, fridge, and microwave. Some boats even allow you to bring your dog which helps on kennel bills.
Things to Do
For some the idea of being confined in a small space with your little ones may be a bit daunting. How do you keep them occupied without their toys, DVD’s or a garden to let them run off some energy? Don’t’ worry there are plenty of new activities to hold their attention while boating. You can fish, but make sure you check out fishing seasons and licenses. You can get a pair of binoculars and go wildlife spotting or play games like cards and scrabble. Don’t forget you can moor up and get off whenever you like. If you and your family want a bit more adventure the Broads has sailing schools where you can hire sailing or rowing dinghies. There are also places where you can hire canoes. Altogether there are 200 kilometres of waterways to explore. Once the children are in their beds a canal boat offers a relaxing and peaceful environment for Mum and Dad to watch the sun set with a glass of wine, the added bonus is it’s not a long walk to your bed.