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Boat Hire, £25-£105

Hippersons Boatyard

Hippersons Boatyard

Bringing the river to life for all the family

In light of COVID-19, please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers before travelling.


Gillingham Dam,
NR34 0EB


During the season (April to October) you can hire your boat for a day from 9.15am to 4:45pm.

In high season (May to September) we also offer canoe, kayak and pedal boat hire , different ways to get out and explore the area. See the river from a different vantage point and have fun exploring. If you are new to paddle craft or to this stretch of the water, we also offer guided canoe or kayaks tours, where you can learn new skills and lots about the area.

The day boats are called Otter, Heron, Grebe, Teal, Bittern and Catchalot, all apart from Heron are electric, making for quiet and easy cruising. They take a crew of between 4 and 6 people. A maximum of 2 dogs are permitted but a large dog may count as one crew member.

Boats are bookable in advance only, and one social bubble per boat. The boat is yours for the day to do as little or as much river exploring as you choose, and each boat is fully cleaned and left outside overnight between each bubble.

Each boat is licensed so you can explore the local broads from Geldeston Lock upriver or down to Oulton Broad depending on the amount of time you have. We’ve written a guide to some of the routes, you can read it here.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Public toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsElectric car charging point

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

All facilities are available for all of our visitors to use.


£105 a day 9.30 - 4.45

£85 for a lunch time hire 11-2.30

£65 for three hours morning hire 9.30-12.30

£75 for three and a half hour afternoon hire 1-4.30

One hour hire bookable on the day only £25

Two hour hire bookable on the day only £45


See location of Hippersons Boatyard on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 419911  Lat: 52.46420 Long: 1.55966

By car: approaching from Norwich, at the roundabout with the services drive straight over. Almost immeadiatley there is a brown sign pointing right to Gillingham, turn right here and follow the road round th bend. Drive past the marshes on your left and as you see the sign to change your speed to 30slow down and indicate. Just beore this sign on the left hand side is the entrance to the boatyard.

By public transport: The Norwich bus stops just over the old Beccles bridge, before you went over the bridge you will have seen the boatyard on the right. When you alight, turn around and walk on the same side of the road, over the bridge, past Derby’s Quay and you will find us on your right hand side.

By train, alight at Beccles station. Outside the station walk over the roundabout and straight up the road into Beccles. At the traffic lights walk straight up on the pavement into Beccles Town Centre. At the corner with Durrnats the estate agents, turn right and follow the road down, past Beatles and the gym on your right, then cross over at the bus station and walk down the beautiful Northgate street. At the bottom of Northgate cross over at the Beccles sign post and turn left, walk over Beccles old bridge which is in sight, and stay on the right hand side. Walk past Derby’s Quay and then you will find us a short distance after on th right hand side. This walk will take 20/25 minutes, unless you stop en route at one of a Beccles lovely cafes for a coffee.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Beccles Train station station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

All facilities are available for all of our visitors to use.