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Hippersons Day Boat & Canoe Hire

Enjoy the rivers and broads from a quiet, electrically powered day boat.



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.

Our Boats

One 4 person electric boat: Catchalot.

Four 6 persons electric boats: Otter Grebe, Teal and Bittern.

One 7 person diesel boat: Heron

The boats are pet friendly, 2 small dogs or 1 large dog.

There are some suggested itineraries of the self drive river trips you can read on our website.

Fishing is only permitted from boats during the fishing season, and when the engine is not running, this is to ensure the line does not get caught in the propeller and following national park guidelines.

We enjoy a drink and we love boats but the two don’t mix. In order to bring the river to life safely and to ensure you have a positive experience, we request that alcohol will not be taken or consumed on board the boats.

Please note, we reserve the right to request a security deposit from certain parties when you hire our day boats. More details of our dayboat policy can be found here.

Canoes, Kayaks and a Pedal Boat

Hire canoes, kayaks 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.

Canoes and Kayaks
Have a look at our instructional video for using our canoes and kayaks by clicking the link at the end, and then come try out the skills you have learnt, use the book now button. Summer is the perfect time for getting out on the river and having some fun.

Guided Canoe Tour
If you would like to go out on a canoe, but would like to go with someone to show you the way and the paddle technique, why not try our guided canoe tour? Stephen will guide you down the river and show you the sights. He will work with the tides to support your experience, and also give a little instruction on your canoe adventure. Available Wednesday to Friday, May to September. (Tours can be commissioned for other dates on request and subject to availability).

Pedal Boat
Hire our Pedal Boat and spend a relaxing time on the river. Like to cycle? Like the river? Love an adventure then the Pedal Boat can provide you with a unique holiday experience creating an unforgettable memory.

Hippersons boatyard is a unique, self catering, holiday destination in Beccles, with Quirky Houseboats and Secret Glamping hideaways floating on the Broads National park.

New for 2021 we are adding Secret Garden, a land based Glamping pod for those who like to be by the river.

We provide fun for all the family and are also a romantic getaway from it all escape. We believe that life is not a dress rehearsal and everyone deserves time out with loved ones, making memories through fun and adventure on and around the river.

There are many experiences provided on site to help you explore the Waveney Valley by Water and land – Electric Dayboats – (your boat for a day), Canoes and Kayaks, Guided Paddle craft tours and a pedal boat. If you are staying for a few nights with us, we can add our own bespoke experience packages, to take the pain out of planning your break. These are our own “Sparrows and Amazons” experiences.

We are also a working boatyard, and you will see watercraft come and go, some go in and out and if you have an interest in boats, Simon and Stephen are happy to chat to you about them. They might even have a project in the yard to show you.


Day Boats – £110 9.15 – 4.30