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Hippersons Day boat hire at Hippersons Boatyard


Gillingham Dam
NR34 0EB

Contact Details

Tel: 01502712166
During the season (April to Ocotober), day boats can be hired from this office for any period of time up to a whole day, 9.30am to 4:45pm.

They 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 7 people. Dogs are permitted but a large dog may count as one crew member.

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.

The cost varies depending on the time you require. Available in advance bookable through our website and on the day subject to availability. For further information visit:


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.

Prices and opening

£100 a day 9.30 - 4.45

£80 for a lunch time hire 11-2.30

£60 for three hours morning hire 9.30-12.30

£70 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

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Thu 9 May 2019 - Thu 31 Oct 2019Mon 09:15 16:45 | Tue - Sun 09:30 16:45