The fifth Broads Outdoors Festival (2-17 May) has been the most successful so far, attracting many new participants to a record number of events. The annual festival celebrates all that the Broads National Park has to offer for everyone who loves to get and about on land or water.
The programme boasted nearly 200 opportunities to explore the great outdoors including canoe trails, guided walks, sailing on a traditional Norfolk wherry, narrow gauge train rides and visits to historic buildings such as the marsh drainage mills and St Benet’s Abbey.
Horning Boat Show provided a fantastic start for the festival. This was the show’s third year, offering a fun day out as well as the opportunity to view and buy boats and boating equipment of all kinds.
Horning Boat Show organiser Roger Tomkins said: “We are delighted to say that the Horning Boat Show raised £17,000 for the Boat Show Community Fund.”
The Nancy Oldfield Trust at Neatishead provided another very successful event. The trust offers motor cruising with wheelchair access, sailing, canoeing, birdwatching and fishing for disabled and socially disadvantaged people.
Stephen Bradnock, Centre Manager said: “We enabled 57 people to get out on the water in a cabin cruiser, Bass Boat and also our rafted Canadian canoes. Only one group had been to the trust before so you clearly reached some new people. We had a mixture of families, individuals as well as a group with learning difficulties from Norwich.”
The festival is organised by the Broads Authority and this year was again sponsored by local company Hoseasons, whose association with Broads holidays goes back to 1944.
Archant, publisher of Eastern Daily Press newspapers, is the official media partner, and Broads Tourism, which provides one voice for the many different businesses that make up the Broads tourism industry, is also festival a supporter.
If you would like to discuss participation in next year’s festival please contact Bruce Hanson, Tourism and Promotion Officer with the Broads Authority, on firstname.lastname@example.org