Hippersons Boatyard

“Via electric day boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boats!” - VisitEngland Assessor


Beccles, Suffolk

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Hippersons Boatyard is a unique, self catering, holiday destination in Beccles, with quirky houseboats and secret glamping hideaways floating on the Broads National Park. There are many on-site experiences to help you explore the Waveney Valley by water and land, including electric day-boats, canoes and kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUPs), guided paddle tours, and a pedal boat.

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Hippersons Boatyard
Hippersons Boatyard, Gillingham Dam , BECCLES, Suffolk, NR34 0EB


  • Fishing
  • Baths or showers
  • Picnic area
  • WiFi
Site Information
  • Dogs allowed on the premises
  • Rules and restrictions: 5mph speed limit; minimum noise after 23.00; 2 night stay minimum; gates locked 6pm (access code for guests )
  • Glamping types: Houseboats from £300 for two night, Luxury Glamping pods from £360 for two nights
  • Kitchen
  • Changeover day: any except Sunday
  • Additional information: dogs only on Houseboats and Secret Garden, no BBQs on floating accommodation, day experiences available at the boatyard, easy access to lovely market town of Beccles

About the area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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