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Outdoor Pursuits Centre:Nancy Oldfield Trust Sailing & Boat Trip

  • Green Tourism Bronze Award
  • Broads Tourism

Outdoor Pursuits Centre


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Nancy Oldfield Trust image

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Nancy Oldfield Trust offers disabled and disadvantaged people an exciting day out on the Norfolk Broads. You can experience the fun and exhilaration of sailing, pedal boating, canoeing and motor cruising with our welcoming staff and volunteers while seeing nature close at hand.

We are the only facility in East Anglia providing such a wide range of water activities and opportunities for our visitors. All boats are skippered or supervised by trained and experienced instructors. Visitors wishing to have a go at sailing, pedalling, paddling or steering motor cruisers are encouraged to do so under their guidance. We also offer Royal Yachting Association sailing training and we are licensed by Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.

Nancy Oldfield Trust offers disabled and disadvantaged people an exciting day out on the Norfolk Broads. You can experience the fun and exhilaration of sailing, pedal boating or canoeing, or take a leisurely cruise on a motor boat to observe nature close at hand on Barton Broad and the River Ant. If you want more than a single day out, you can stay in our fully accessible, self-catering bungalow which accommodates up to 10 people. This can be booked for a weekend, a few days or a week.

We operate every day - motor cruisers go out all year round and sailing and canoeing between April and October. For day visits we ask for a suggested donation of £15 per half day per person, (carers go free). Residential stays cost £42 per person per night and include a half day activity for each night booked subject to availability.

"I really love our visits to the Trust … we have a lot of fun, and I get a lot of satisfaction and personal achievement out of it!"

"My son was so excited to be coming canoeing with you that I could hear him laughing all over the house"

"Very friendly, informative staff, willing to listen and compromise on activities when clients wishes or needs change due to personal circumstances. Good effective communications from staff to the service users."

All activities and residential stays require pre-booking. Please visit our website for more details. We are always happy to discuss your particular needs and requirements.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

We operate motor cruisers all year round. Sailing pedal boating and canoeing April - October only. Weekends, evenings and Bank Holidays can all be booked in addition to our normal opening hours.


Day visitor activities £15 per person per half day (carers go free)
Residential stays £42 per person per night (which includes half a day activity per night booked)


Irstead Road,
NR12 8BJ


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Map reference: TG 342209  Lat: 52.73555 Long: 1.46899

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Parking: free


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children