I’ve been surprised to hear the phrase “We would love to boating on the Norfolk Broads, but it’s too expensive” quite a lot since I’ve been working on TheBroads.TV. And it’s often followed by “but, we will go one day when I can afford it”. It seems to be a common misconception that a week cruising on England’s most beautiful networks of rivers and broads is an unaffordable luxury reserved for the well heeled.

I suppose that when you consider that you are hiring a boat that is fitted out to such a high standard and is worth tens of thousands of pounds, it is logical to cone up with the assumption.

But, is really that expensive?

Well, I jumped online and checked out a few UK holidays for a family of 4and looked at a holiday camp, a couple of cottages and a caravan or two. I also decided to look at booking from the 12th to the 19th of July (2014) to account for kids being on their summer hols.

Holiday Park
Butlins – Bognor Regis – Apartment for 4 = £797

Cottage
homeaway.co.uk – Cottage for 4 (Cornwall) = £825
Sykescottages.co.uk – Cottage for 4 (Lake District) = £495

Caravan
Shorefield.co.uk – Mid Range 4 Berth Caravan = £749
Parkdeanholidays.co.uk – Mid Range Caravan = £559

Boat
Norfolkbroadsdirect.co.uk – “Fair Ambassador” 4 Berth Cruiser = £883.00
richardsonsboatingholidays.co.uk – “Dream Gem” 2 – 5 Berth Cruiser = £560

(The above comparisons where made on 21st October 2013 and exclude deposits.)

This is just a sample of the thousands of holidays that are available throughout the UK and pricing of course, varies dramatically based on location, accommodation etc. But it does demonstrate that boating on the Norfolk Broads is comparatively inexpensive. Actually, I will admit that I did not expect a boating holiday to come in cheaper than Butlins or even a caravan holiday on the south coast. So, I guess that I had a few misconceptions as well!