Oliver's Sailing Holidays

on the Norfolk Broads

I’ve spent 19 years renting yachts, and your is the most beautiful, best equipped and most fun to sail I’ve ever chartered.
— Jonathan, Lola(12), Felix (11) and Astrid (7)




We are a small family run business offering traditional sailing holidays on the Norfolk Broads. Our aim is for your holiday to be relaxing, very comfortable and a whole lot of fun. 

Our boats are for the discerning sailor who wants a beautifully maintained, fast, easy to sail, yacht with superb handling characteristics and a tight turning circle. Each boat is fitted with an inboard diesel engine. They are equipped with luxury down feel cotton percale duvets, high quality towel, sheets and cooking equipment as well as showers, toilets and heating. These gaff rigged sailing yachts offer an authentic broads experience in comfort!

We are located at the peaceful and secluded hamlet of Martham Ferry, which over looks the stunning views of the National Trust's wildlife reserve of Heigham Holmes (which featured on the BBC1 TV series Secret Britain).

The Broads are made up of 120 miles of stunning rivers and lakes. As a National Park it features spectacular scenery and wildlife that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Most of the Broads can only be reached by water and represent a slower pace of life so, put the clocks back, leave the momentum of the 21st century behind and enjoy a stately paced sailing holiday on the Broads.

There is lots to entertain the whole family, on these safe, inland waters. Check out our map page to see all the villages and small towns for you explore on your holiday.

We also offer food hampers and ready meals. If your desire is for fresh, locally sourced food for your holiday, then we have you covered. What could be a nicer way to start your holiday than a delicious deli picnic hamper? And to keep evening meals simple why not pre-order some of our gourmet ready meals?

Included in the cost of your hire is a 45 minute yacht familiarisation session. 

So put the clock back, leave the 21st centre behind and set sail!






Customer Sailing Holiday Reviews

Dear Nick and Alison,

Norfolk broads sailing holidays

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most lovely long weekend on Bright Spark. I've spent 19 years renting yachts, and yours was the most beautiful, best equipped and most fun to sail I've ever chartered.You were so helpful during the booking process, the hamper was delicious and thank you for picking up the extra food we ordered from the deli - the ready meals were amazing. Nick's manual was exceptionally helpful and clear, and his run-through faultless.  

Above all Bright Spark is a dream to handle, with all your added extras making the world of difference.  Rather than renting one of many boats from a faceless charter company, it felt like we were borrowing your pride and joy, and the boat felt very different - and very much more loved - as a result.

We had the best three days in October half term - mooring up on deserted dykes, spotting so many birds, telling ghost stories at night, storming around broads and feeling brave enough to sail up rivers.  Astrid my youngest even made a flag especially for the weekend.  We felt like celebrities on the boat - everyone wanted to take pictures and talk about the boat and her topsail at every turn.

We'd love to come back next year - you're lovely people and I hope your business takes off.  You deserve every success that comes your way.

Many thanks again

Jonathan, Lola (12), Felix (11) and Astrid (7)

What a fabulous end to the summer holidays! Bright Spark was fun to sail and a comfortable and beautiful boat inside and out - everyone seemed to want us in their photos! Lots of fun with three children - even on the one rainy afternoon, playing cards around the cabin table. Best part: Sailing on Wroxham broad.
— Marcus, Nora, Gustua (age 9) Louisa (age 6) and Elena (age 5}
What a wonderful week on a wonderful boat! Sails brilliantly; we had lots of fun. The Broads are magical and Bright Spark made it an even more magical experience.
We will be back!!
— Richard, Devender, Maya (age 14) Max (age 11)
Bright Spark looks pretty in the pictures; it is absolutely beautiful to sail. What a brilliant week, loved it (didn’t want to give her back).
— Mike
Wonderful traditional sailing boats to explore one of our favourite parts of the country, the Norfolk Broads.
Alison and Nick did everything to ensure we had a great time. Highly recommended.
— Kate and Mike