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Hi there!

I've just booked my first Norfolk Broads boating holiday as an adult (I've been around 5 times as a child) on Bright Horizon at Stalham at the end of April 2020 for a week. I'll be bringing my other half (who hasn't been before), my 10-year-old stepdaughter and our two sausage dogs.

We're going to stick to the northern Broads, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good places to eat/moor and any essential items to bring that you couldn't go without.

Thanks so much!
Alex x  Smile

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Welcome abroad, you must visit potter ham, and Wrox ham if you must, be sure to specify Colman’s mustard on your ham though... enjoy!

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Alex, some items from my own list of yesteryear (when I hired):
Mugs
Corkscrew
Tin Opener
Fly Spray
Club hammer (for Rhond anchors)
Torch
Matches
Sleeping Bags (easier than making beds)
Phones & Chargers
Binoculars
Camera
Radio
Salt & Vinegar

Have a great time.
Andy

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You are starting from a good place for exploring the Broads.
In truth, it does not really matter where you go because everywhere will be good.
I like the quieter places. Dilham is a favourite if you can find a space. Coltishall is also worth a visit. A nice place to moor, pleasant walks and a choice of places to eat. Walk up to the ruins of Horstead Mill. The Rising Sun is nice to sit at but the food is basic pub fare. The Kings Head (next door) has better food and the Recruiting Sergeant even better but it is a fair walk.
A favourite mooring spot for me is on a mudweight in the middle of South Walsham Broad.
Don't forget to visit Ludham. Womack Staithe for the middle of the village and the King's Arms which has good food. Ludham Bridge for the Dog Inn, but the nicest place to moor in Ludham is How Hill. Lots of information here: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/vill.htm

Enjoy your holiday.

Nigel
Ludham

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As Woodwose says How Hill is very nice and the dogs will love the parts of the grounds they are allowed in! Pretty much all of the Northern Broads are worth stopping at though.

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Add to Stinger's list:
A knife sharpener (unless you have a handy Grandad who has a carborundum stone in his pocket).
When we hired I used to measure out quantities of foodstuffs and spices for meals I planned in advance, rather than taking whole packs.
There are some lovely spots for wild mooring on the Ant.

We love the Broads

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Coot Too:
I am that Grandad!  Playful Wink

Andy

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Congratulations. A wise choice for the whole family. Items needed. Defo life jackets  for the sausage dogs ( I have two also ) and make sure they always wear them. Camera, binoculars , sunglasses, warm clothing, and a small backpack for walks. As to where to visit Woodwose has this subject well covered.  Coltishall , Wroxham and salhouse broads, cockshoot dyke, ranworth broad, Thorne dyke, porter heigham, Ludham bridge, how hill, gays staithe, Watford, dilham , Sutton or best of all wild more up the river ant. You may see kingfishers and otters in the evening if you are quiet. I hope you enjoy yourselves.
Kevin

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Why does  he need to bring life jackets when the yards supply them?

Personally I bring clothes, board games even with a 21yr &17 yr old.

Waterproofs, Welles, trainers. Torch plus spare batteries. DVDs.

Food wise I order from tesco and get it delivered no hassle of trying to get it all in the car.

As per kitchen items I bring my frying because it as a lid and my stew pot. Everything else is supplied on the boats.




Many thanks

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I'm surprised that no one has said a 'spatterguard' for flying pans and 'gluppy' pots.  Galley slaves have to stand rather close to cooker tops on boats, you might even think about an apron  Evil Grin

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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