Bishy Barney Boats

A Bishy Electric Day Boat offers near-silent cruising through Norwich and out into the wider river network.

These quite little red boats are covered in spots leading rise to our unique name, Bishy Barney Boats which derrives from the Norfolk word, Bishybarneybee meaning Ladybird.

Our cute boats can only be found in Norwich and feature a sliding canopy and seating for up to five people. The low-freeboard of these little cruisers allows you to gret close to nature yet are incredibly stable and remarkably easy to drive.

Hiring a Bishy Barney Boat can take place at Thorpe River Green throughout the main school holidays or from the Freedom boat a little further along the Yarmouth Road.

Each boat will take a maximum of five people but if you have a larger group, pricing is very keen, so taking two boats still makes it cheaper than a larger vessel from other boatyards in Wroxham or Brundall.


Our Electric day boats offer the following

  • Slding canopy
  • Cushioned Seating
  • Quiet electric motor

Bishy Barney Boat Hire Prices

Electric Day Boat For Hire in Norwich

Electric Boat Hire Fees

1 Hour - £20
2 Hours - £35
3 Hours - £45
4 Hours - £55
Bookings subject to £50 cash deposit

Simple Terms and Conditions

We would like to draw your attention to the six key points from our terms and conditions. These are the most relevant points that most hirers will ask about. They are easy to understand and will apply to all bookings. The full terms and conditions are also available as a download.

Security Deposit

Everybody who hires a Freedom boat for the day (or a day boat for multiple days or overnight) is required to pay a £50 cash security deposit. We will hold this deposit during your hire time against any claims that may arise as a result of your hire, late return of the vessel, any damage or returning it unclean. In the event of damage, you will be fully liable for any costs of repair.


All passengers will be fitted with suitable buoyancy aids and instructed how to wear them. Children will be weighed to ensure a good fit. We have lifejackets for dogs too if you would like one. Lifejackets are mandatory and whilst we cannot force you to wear one, you must be advised even the best swimmers can struggle during an unexpected event

Passenger numbers

When booking, you must be clear about the number of passengers. Every boat is weight tested to establish its safe loading; exceed this and the entire vessel and crew is put at risk. Babies, children and dogs must be included in the passenger numbers. Overloading a vessel will result in the boat being seized by the boatyard without any refund of any monies paid.

Pets onboard

You are welcome to bring your dog or dogs on board, they are part of the family after all. However, be aware that we must take the weight of the dog into account. The simplest way we do this is to say that a dog counts as passenger and therefore is included in the total passenger numbers for the vessel. We may make exceptions for very small dogs.

Bookings & Cancellations

Bookings will only be confirmed upon the payment of the full hire cost and will not be held until payment is received. Cancellations are not accepted for day hire bookings. If, due to extreme weather or unavailability of a vessel, we have to cancel a booking, all monies paid will be refunded.

Navigation rules

You will be given guidance on how to pilot the vessel, how to stay safe and the rules of the river. Once you have accepted the vessel, you are fully and solely responsible for it and its crew. All navigation laws must be observed and any charges arising from ignoring these will be served upon the hirer.