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Feb-17-2013 @ 11:30 PM                           Permalink
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When I was a bit younger there used to be a TV show, on BBC1 I think it was called Holiday [insert year] I think 77 was the last I remembered.

Sadly these shows are not on tv anymore, and yet people still go on holiday. And many of them come to The Broads.

So if you fancy a holiday here please  Book Now

OK, that was the subtle plug to get people to book through hoseasons.

Now for the hard question. Most of the readers of this thread have been on The Broads before, my question is this.

What is the Broads magic, that brings us here every year.

I would love to hear your views.

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I first took a holiday on the Broads about 5/6 years ago. I fell in love with the place from the start. The peace and tranquility was amazing. And the choice you have of where to go is an added bonus. The riverside pubs are great, especially if you can moor up right outside of them. I've also been to a couple of the forum meets and met some wonderful people who made me feel as if I was a local. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular, especially the sunsets and sunrises. Now i've got my own boat I could quite easily put her on the Thames and cruise the rivers there, which is a lot closer to me than the Broads, but I wouldn't even dream about doing that, it's got to be the Broads for me.

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I have been on the canals, Thames and Broads. I liked the Thames and the canals, but I love the Broads. We had not been boating for many years and just on a whim six years ago at short notice  we booked a week on Gold Gem. I was really stressed at work and completely relaxed during that week. It allows me to recharge the batteries. We have been back every year since except last year when we had an abortive attempt on the Thames which was cut short by he bad weather and a leaky boat. Booked for May his year, but from the South side this time.  Smile

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I think my answer is a little complicated and may surprise a few people. Glamour, excitement and adventure with healthy dollops of solitude and surprisingly comfort. As a small child growing up in the grey and drab back alleys of Doncaster a holiday of any description was exciting. These were the days when if you went on a package holiday with your family you were seen by the rest of the kids as being rich, windswept and interesting...possibly the wearer of hipsters with more than three buttons on the waistband and maybe even the owner of a pair of plastic 'clackers'. To be able to announce that you were a...going on holiday and b...going on holiday on a boat was worth more kudos than any number of buttons up your trousers, several pairs of clackers...hell it gave you more 'street cred' than being seen at the ABC Minors on a Saturday morning with all the badges and in the company of the glamorous 'Snotty' Alison!

Having been on many forms of holiday on the Norfolk Broads there was a certain amount of snobbery involved in the type of holiday you were enjoying. It was very much like the 'Class Sketch' on the Frost Report. Those on holiday in a caravan looked down on those under canvas. Those on boats looked down upon those in the caravan's. Those in motor cruisers thought that the 'rag and stick' brigade were either eccentric, mental or 'gypos'. The 'rag and stick' brigade thought the motor cruisers were 'oiks'. The wooden boat hirers thought that the Tupperware drivers were a bit common and all of us looked up to the privateer whether they were sailies or stinkies.

I watched the Map Man programme on the BBC this evening in which he described the Norfolk Broads as being 'safe'. I beg to disagree with him, as the Broads offers your average pillock enough chances to do him or herself some damage. That is part of the excitement of the place. The nerves at crossing Breydon, mud-weighting on a Broad knowing there is b*gg*r all under your feet other than fibreglass or wood and water. The loneliness and isolation in some of the wilder parts of the Broads, a Broadland Thunderstorm is a beast to behold! Finally there is the comfort. No matter the class of boat, the state of the weather...there is nothing finer than being tucked up in your bunk listening to the slap of water on the hull, the wind in the reeds or even the steady drip of the condensation as it drips from the window glass onto your pillow.The Norfolk broads is not part of  a county or even a holiday destination...it's a state of mind!

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> Holiday continued well into the 1990’s and it was FAR superior to ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ in my opinion because Judith Charmers always seem to get the best hotel, in the best location at the highest price and it always annoyed me lol.

Anyway...

The Broads.  Well for me began aged 8 when my family after any trips on the Broads, Thames and most of the canal system prior to me coming along – thought it was high time I was introduced to boating.

I had before and since been to many places all over the world, but nothing got me as excited about a boating holiday as urm well boating holidays. It began at the choosing of a boat.  I am not sure about others, but this was a long protracted affair – often causing arguments where I liked the ‘flash and boaty looking’ and my mum preferred something practical with a low freeboard and my dad wanted something cheap because he was paying.  Once we got the boat chosen and booked – there was usually a long wait – but with the wait it seemed the never ended build up continued.

I remember the rush and excitement when we would drive over Wroxham Bridge and a glimpse of the water and boats – then to whatever boatyard we were going to, the smell of oil and diesel mixed with the water – and then on to our boat and savouring ever moment the musty interior far from being off putting was actually confirmation we were here.

It was not for me you see so much about the nature, nor the places we may visit along the way – it was the whole adventure of not only being on a boat, but being able to drive it, go to where you wanted and live on it too!  That never left me but for some reason we stopped going on the broads, I guess I grew up and holidayed elsewhere, did my own adventures and Europe beckoned me more than Norfolk.

Then in 2011 it all changed – I found this forum, then I found out all the things that had changed on the Broads, but..not the boats not the memories and excitement and now it was not a kid who was excited about it but an adult and so in July I returned and had not got a clue!

I was a newbie to it all – had a rough idea how to moor up but other than that no idea where to go, what to do – what to expect and it was July! I also was with a girl who never had been on a boat and so had to remain all ‘cool and calm’ as if I did know what I was doing.  But despite being only a short weekend break, it was lovely and I was hooked.  I wanted to go again and again.

And so here now in 2013 I am just as excited as I ever was as a kid about the next trip – some say I am mad – especially because of the time and money that goes into what has almost become a three way pleasure in life: Hobby, Holiday and adventure.

I can see why there is an attraction to the Norfolk Broads, be that a couple together, family, group of friends or even as any have found the sheer complete freedom to do it alone.  If you are into nature and scenery the Broads is your haven – if you are creative in art, be it photographic or paint you are spoilt with vista’s and amazing light – fishermen and women have a great deal of choice too while the party people can cruise from pub to pub and yet somewhere in the mix the family too have it from adventure and education, to fun and relaxation – there is nothing like a boating holiday.  Period.


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What brings you back?
Well its the bug that bites when you go for the very first time and you get well and truly hooked.

How can you get stressed when you are travelling between 4-6mph, the sun is shining (well, hopefully) you are surrounded by other holiday makers with the same thing in common, we all love messing around in boats.

Then there is the ever changing countryside, wildlife on the water and on the banks, wonderfull scenery.

As far as my wife and I are concerned a holiday on the Broads is the best Holiday in the world.

Looking forward to July for another 2 weeks in paradise  

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The Broadland magic for me starts the minute we drive into the boat yard, then there's the lovely riverside pubs and villages, mud weighting on a broad,wild moorings  and the legendery sun sets and sun rises to name but a few.The cruise from Wroxham to Coltishall is just magical,not knocking anyone who likes to holiday abroad but as far as I am concerned it's Broadland every time come rain or shine.

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I have to agree with most of the things already mentioned,the pace of travel,being able to get places inaccessible other than by water,the peace of mudweighting in an out of the way spot.
My love affair with Broadland began in 1957 at the age of 12, when staying at Pakefield & travelling to Oulton Broad to fish. I'd already seen the boats on the way down by coach from Sheffield,but seeing them close to (they would all be "woodies" then, I think) stirred something inside & made me want to get afloat.
It actually took until 2011 to make the dream come true, although in the intervening years I got afloat ( mainly on the sea) in other craft & spent many holidays  in caravans or other accommodation in Broadland.
Unfortunately,my other half is not as keen on being on the water, but loves a caravan at Broadlsnds. She finds it more relaxing than any other type of holiday. The 2 boating holidays we've had so far had some problems which tended to get her stressed up, but I've persuaded her to give it another go this year as I've really been bitten.
Don't know how many more trips afloat we'll get,as age is starting to take it's toll (& I have to do all the driving , mooring etc.) but we'll keep coming for as long as we can.
This year we're taking my brother & sister in law with us, but as he's now 75 I might not be able to convert them! We're going straight from the week's boating to Broadlands where we are meeting my daughter & partner who will be there for their 5th. time & will be encouraged to try getting a float.
Must admit I feel like Robin does,can't wait   LOL

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There are other places that are blessed with similar magics to the broads, I find Dartmouth in Devon and anywhere on the Isle of Man two such places. but it's the broads that holds me, mainly for the boating.
I would like to have Nyx taken over and do the Shannon one year, but I bet I'll be in all of a rush to bring her back at he end of it.
Our Canal system is lovely, but when you call into a pub at lunchtime, it's full of people who are not on holiday! The broads is a holiday area, everybody enjoying themselves.
The seaside is great, you go for a swim, sit in a deckchair, go for another swim then eat sand filled sandwiches, watching loads of other people eating their sand filled sandwiches.
If you go abroad, the sand in the sandwiches is foreign, and when you moan you find the guy sitting next to you is Russian and can't speak English.
At least on the broads the worst you're likely to find is from Doncaster and has a rough understanding of English. (but still struggles to speak it.)  Evil Grin    Tinhat

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LOL

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