Owners and Operators of the Wherry “ALBION”
The Norfolk Wherry Trust is the owner of the wherry Albion and has been since we rescued her 60 years ago. The Albion is a 113 year old, 24 ton, 60 foot long traditional Broads trading barge and having no engine, is propelled by quanting or by her iconic black sail. Although she belongs to an earlier age she is now a perfect example of Eco-boating! Albion is available for school parties to charter at a considerable discount of 25% on normal rates.
Albion ticks lots of boxes on the school curriculum; whether you are interested in biodiversity and conservation, tourism pressures or local history. So many areas of fieldwork can be enhanced by our experience. Visit the Broad Futures section of the Norfolk County Council schools website for more ideas! Come out with us as valuable fieldwork experience or as part of an end of term activities week.
Albion sails through some of the most scenic waterways in the country and the marshes are teeming with wildlife. The beauty and peace of the environment, coupled with the inescapable benefits of physical exertion and team building, has been shown to have an amazing effect on pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. Many teachers have been surprised and impressed by the way their pupils took responsibility for themselves and others, a valuable outcome whatever the objective.
How does it work?
We carry a party of 12 people in addition to our experienced and qualified crew of at least three who will sail the boat and oversee your involvement. We encourage students to take part in crewing and sailing under supervision. A three to four hour trip over midday usually works well and fits in with travel arrangements at either end of the school day. We would be happy however to tailor a trip to suit specific needs. There is a large hold in which to have refreshments – also a cooker and loo.
We have a licence from the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority. We have a Health and Safety Policy with strict procedures for wearing life jackets, which are supplied.
Call our Charter Secretary: Pam Shallcross: Tel 01692 630593
Or Email us via our contact us page
Please note that key times of the year get booked up early and often by returning schools. The Norfolk Wherry Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales