Cruises for disabled and/or elderly people in private parties or as organised outings

About Waveney Stardust

Waveney Stardust, founded in 1988, is a registered charity to promote cruising facilities for the disabled and/or elderly persons on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

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2016 Members Cruises

Membership entitles you to cruise with us on our 2016 Members Cruises.
These are all-day cruises so bring a picnic!

Two cruises have recently been scheduled for 2016. On Sunday 10th July Waveney Stardust II will depart from Beccles and Waveney Stardust I will be cruising from Stalham on Sunday 24th July.

More details available on our Membership Page.

2016 Cruise Schedule Available

We are now gearing up for our 2016 Cruise Schedule.  Bookings are already flowing in – details available on the Venues page and in the Booking System.

(We have also refreshed the website to make it easier to use.  We would love to hear your views and suggestions for improvements through the ‘Contact Page’).

The 2016 Cruise Schedule has been designed to ensure we have boats operating near to Norwich and Beccles throughout the season,  and from Stalham for much of it.  Our two boats will start the year in April operating from Norwich and Beccles. Later in the year one boat will operate alternately from Stalham and Horning. The other boat will operate alternately from Brundall and Beccles.

Wherever you cruise from you will experience the same easy access and relaxed cruising with our friendly and helpful crews.  Each location offers access to different rivers, villages and wildlife.
Why not try a venue you haven’t visited before in 2016?

Stalham – at the head of the delightful tree-lined River Ant and just a short run from  the open waters of Barton Broad. Cruise through the heavily wooded channels to Wayford, Sutton and Irstead, and with a full day’s cruise down to Ludham Bridge and the Bure, perhaps visiting Ranworth Broad or even Horning.

Norwich – starting in the shadow of the Norwich City football ground off Carrow Road cruise past the old wharves and quays, past Thorpe and down the River Yare to Bramerton and Surlingham.

Horning – with its pretty staithe and waterside homes. Cruise up the River Bure to Wroxham, visiting Wroxham and Salhouse Broads, or downriver to the open marsh land around St Benet’s Abbey or the treelined peace of Ranworth and South Walsham Broads.

Brundall – close to Surlingham Broad with access up the River Yare past Surlingham and Bramerton to Norwich. Or cruise downriver past the Ted Ellis and Strumpshaw Fen nature reserves and through the marshes at Langley and Cantley.

Beccles – on the beautiful tree-lined River Waveney. Cruise downriver through the overhanging trees, spotting the Kingfishers and Heron and other wildlife.  With a whole day cruise on through the Carlton Marshes and on to busy and picturesque Oulton Broad.

We hope to see you in 2016.

2015 Broads Cruises – we enjoyed them and your company!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to all of our passengers, volunteers, and supporters for a making our 2015 Broads cruises so very enjoyable and worthwhile.  This year we have carried out 250 cruises from our bases at Stalham, Horning, Norwich, Brundall and Beccles.  On these cruises we shared the Broads with over 2200 people. We hosted  birthday parties, bird spotting outings, club social activities, Care Home outings and even memorials and the scattering of ashes.  

2015 has been a particularly good year for seeing kingfishers.  Our passengers have been charmed by heron, reed warblers, reed bunting, marsh harriers, owls, kestrels, buzzards, the ever changing landscape and the occasional otter and grass snake. 

For the next few months we are busy servicing and maintaining the boats so they are in tip-top condition for trouble free cruising in 2016.  In addition to all of the routine cleaning, maintenance, and safety checks we are hoping to carry out improvements to keep the boats running reliably.  These include:

  • improvements to the rudders, and steering to further improve the handling of Waveney Stardust II
  • rear door improvements and enhancements to the electrical wiring on Waveney Stardust

The 2016 schedule of Broads Cruises is now published and we have already taken a good number of bookings. Based on your feedback we will also be making some improvements to the website and on-line booking.  We hope this will make it quicker and easier for you to review availability and book.

Wishing all of our passengers and supporters a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016.  We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible on-board next year.

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