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Boat Hire:Hippersons Boatyard

Day boat hire, £110

In light of COVID-19, please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers before travelling.


Hire canoes, kayaks , SUPs or a pedal boat, to explore the Waveney river and valley. Have fun getting up close and personal to nature:??Kingfishes, Marsh harriers, otters, herons are some of the regular reported sightings by our customers.
Self drive Day boats can be hired to explore the River Waveney on the Broads National park, you can skipper your boat for the day. The boat is made available to your social bubble from 9.15am - 4.30pm, and you can choose to use it for as much of this time as you choose to. Parking is provided and it is possible to order a bespoke picnic for your experience, delivered to us for your arrival, by Beccles Station Cafe. Buoyancy aids and all fuel is included, the party leader needs to be at least 18. Whoever captains the boat must stay under the legal limit for driving and no alcohol is to be consumed on the boats. All our boats are non smoking and non vaping. We offer your boat for a day hire only, booked in advance online. This is to enable us to meet the social distancing and cleaning requirements due to COVID-19. It also means each boat stays in the fresh air overnight, for at least 12 hours between each bubble, after the COVID-19 clean.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Public toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsElectric car charging point

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

All facilities are available for all of our visitors to use.


Self drove day boat Day hire 9.15-4.30
Canoes, kayaks, pedal bot and SUPs please check website for all prices


Gillingham Dam,
NR34 0EB


See location of Hippersons Boatyard on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 419911  Lat: 52.46420 Long: 1.55966

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.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Beccles Train station station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

All facilities are available for all of our visitors to use.