Stag & Hen Party hire boats.
Information for Maids of Honour and the Best Man.
Memorable Hen & Stag parties
Freedom Boats welcomes stag and hen parties onto the Norfolk Broads. We have a couple of boats that are perfect for such groups and we regularly welcome such fun-seekers to our wetland habitat.
Being within the boundary of Norwich makes us the perfect choice of boat rental company for your Stag or Hen do. It is literally around 45 minutes from our boatyard into the centre of Norwich and from there just a few minutes walk to restaurants, bowling, cinemas and if you’re a bit less square, nightclubs.
Travel just 25 minutes in the opposite direction from our boatyard and you find the first riverside pub at Brammerton Woods End. Then, 20 minutes after that, another pub at Surlingham and then another 20 minutes to the next and so on. The Southern Broads has more riverside pubs than any other area of the Norfolk Broads and, so long as you behave yourselves, you would be welcome in any of them. And, of course, they all serve food and some even do a mean cooked breakfast.
A bit of a reputation
Stag and Hen parties have a bit of a reputation, of course. Statistically, a boat full of guys or gals who are rather worse for wear are a much greater risk to themselves and thus to us as boat owners and operators. Statistically too, drunk people fall over and into the river more often than sober people. So, there are a few things that need to be understood before we will hire a boat to stag or hen dos.
You will be required to lodge a damage/security deposit in cash when you arrive. This will be £100 per head and it is not negotiable. So long as the boat is returned on-time, without any claims against it, undamaged, clean and tidy, the deposit will be returned to you. All security deposits need to be received before a boat is handed over. If some members of your party are arriving later, you will need their deposits upfront.
It is our policy to not hire multiple boats to such groups. In our experience, this creates far greater risks. We may review this policy for customers that we know, but if you have never hired from us before, expect second-degree questioning before we accept any multi-boat stag or hen bookings.
Second Degree Questioning
We will never blindly accept a booking from a stag or hen group (and many single-sex groups) without speaking to them and asking numerous questions. We have refused many bookings in the past. For us, this is about safety and risk.
You will need the majority of your party present to be allowed to take the boat. Often, larger groups of people arrive at different times; because of the nature of your booking and the likelihood of booze affecting judgement etc, we will not provide a river trial to any vessel that does not have at least 60% of passengers present. This could mean spending your first night at the boatyard; please bear this in mind when making travel arrangements. This is purely a safety issue and will not be relaxed.
We will never offer a boat handover or river trial to people who are drunk or otherwise incapable.
We are asked to inform the local Broads Beat police team of all stag, hen and single-sex parties. This is largely a monitorinig exercise that can help them establish possible need for their services, but it isn't unusual for the officers to visit boatyards and speak to groups before they head off on their boats. Equally, there are eyes and ears everywhere and Freedom makes it clear that we will not tolerate bad behaviour on our boats. It rarely happens, but with the assistance of the police and ranger teams, we will seize vessels from those that fail to respect them, others or the environment.
Stag & Hen FAQ
The following is a light-hearted selection of common questions we are asked by people booking Hen and Stag parties.