The Two Rivers Artists Festive Fair this year takes place on 16th November at  the New Victory Hall, Neatishead. 10am – 3pm.

Once again, this fantastic event offers you the chance to meet Norfolk artists & artisans using traditional skills to make beautiful, unique and individual objects; artefacts and designs which last – the antithesis of the high street throw away.   It will be bursting with imagination, inspiration and quality, supporting talented local artists and artisans who genuinely craft their ideas from concept to creation.

There will be fantastic guest artists and artisans to add to an eclectic mix which and the Fair will be supporting the brilliant local Nancy Oldfield Trust (which has also received a Love the Broads’ grant this year). Delicious, homemade, refreshments will be available.    See you there!


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Thank you to Broadland Cycle Hire and its fantastic customers for their donation of £400 to help us with our work to keep the Broads special.

We wish Peter Kiernan every success in taking over this amazing cycle hire business and Peter Howe, former owner and loyal and hardworking Trustee of the Broads Trust/Love the Broads, a wonderful “retirement” but we will be keeping him very busy.

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A beautiful Martham Boats classic Broads cruiser and sailing tuition on half deckers

Martham Boats, founded in 1946,  is a family run, traditional, Broads holiday boatyard.

Ideally situated at Martham, close to the stunning Hickling Broad, it offers clients a fantastic range of hire experiences including classic Broads motor cruisers and sailing yachts, day boats, canoes and SUP (stand up paddle boarding).   For those wishing to stay on land there are also 3 riverside bungalows overlooking the magical River Thurne.

Martham Boats, in association with The Norfolk Broads School of Sailing, also offer the opportunity to learn to sail under the professional guidance and tuition of RYA Instructors.   Tuition sessions are  also available on SUP.

For the boat owner, Martham Boatyard can also offer a range of services including restoration, moorings and storage.

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Paul, Wendy and Colin Buttifant with a Bure Classic

Swallowtail Boatyard is a renowned Broads family business run by Colin and Wendy Buttifant, son Paul and daughter in law, Sarah.   Employing a small team of dedicated craftsmen, as well as having small hire fleet they also deliver the highest quality restoration work and build new craft.

Their traditional boatyard is located at the idyllic location of Womack Water close to the village of Ludham which leads to the river Thurne and is situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

The hire fleet of 4 stunning yachts consists of two Bure Classics, one Barton Classic (a new build introduced into the hire fleet in 2017), and one Womack Classic.

The boatyard builds craft to order of the Bure Classic and Womack Classic yachts and also bespoke building.

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Eastwood Whelpton is a family-run, sailing holiday specialist since 1959, located in the heart Norfolk Broads’ best sailing waters, making this one of the most desirable places in the UK to take a holiday.

Yachts are available for hire and the fleet comprises traditional sailing yachts and modern sailing boats from Upton Yacht Station.  Andy and Annie Hamilton, loyal customers of the yard, took over the business in 2015, after Anne, the previous owner, retired after 58 years.

The Norfolk Broads School of Sailing, in association with Eastwood Whelpton, offers a wide range of courses at Upton using the Royal Yachting Association’s National Sailing Scheme.  It also has a Caravan & Motor Home site so you could bring your own boat and stay at this idyllic location.

An exciting development is taking place right now and ready for the 2020 season with a new extension to provide wooden mast and spars making facilitiy alongside their yacht restoration work.

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