Boating firms set to steer first Brundall Boat Show to success

Norfolk Yacht Agency, Broom Boats and Norfolk Boat Sales getting together to organise a Broads Boat Show event in May. From left, Danni Casey, NYA administrator; Jenny Simpson, marketing and communications manager at Brooms; and Harry Neale, sales executive Norfolk Boat Sales. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Three boating companies are riding a wave of sea-faring enthusiasm to start up their own boat show.

Norfolk Yacht Agency, Broom Boats and Norfolk Boat Sales getting together to organise a Broads Boat Show event in May. From left, Danni Casey, NYA administrator; Jenny Simpson, marketing and communications manager at Brooms; and Harry Neale, sales executive Norfolk Boat Sales. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Broom Boats, Norfolk Boat Sales and Norfolk Yacht Agency are joining forces to host the first Brundall Boat Show on May 20 as part of the Broads Outdoor Festival.

While designed to fill a hole left by the absence of the Horning Boat Show this year, organisers believe the show – aimed at more serious sailors – will hold its own in the annual boating calendar.

The team behind the Horning show announced on their Twitter page in December that the event would be taking a break for 2017 and come back “even bigger and better” in May 2018.

Jenny Simpson, of Broom Boats, said: “We always took boats to Horning to support the show and the region.

“We thought it would be a shame if there was no boat show considering how synonymous the Broads are with boating.”

She said the Brundall Boat Show would be more “marine focused” than the family-friendly Horning event, offering more technical advice to boat owners.

She added: “If there is an appetite for boat shows in our region there is no reason why two could not run. I see the two shows complementing each other.”

Touted as the region’s largest boating event, the Brundall Boat Show will include more than 150 new and pre-owned boats to view alongside marine businesses and other boat-focused exhibitors. There will be key events scheduled throughout the day, plus refreshments and entertainment.

James Fraser, managing director of Norfolk Yacht Agency, said: “Brundall is the Broads’ capital in terms of boat sales – by collaborating in this way our customers should get a great day out, plus a chance to see our workshops in action and talk all things boating.”

Matthew Thwaites, managing director of Norfolk Boat Sales, added: “The Brundall Boat Show is a great opportunity for customers old and new to come and see the new and used boats and services that we have to offer in a friendly environment.”

The show will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 10am to 4pm.


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