Ahoy! Big Dog Ferry attraction set to relaunch in Beccles this weekend

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1 - Credit: Big Dog Ferry

One of Beccles' most popular and quirky attractions, the Big Dog Ferry, is to set sail again from this weekend.

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1 - Credit: Big Dog Ferry

Big Dog runs a regular daily timetabled ferry service between Beccles Lido and the Geldeston Locks Inn, and also stops on request at the Marina and Three Rivers Campsite in Geldeston

It will launch this weekend on April 1 at 11am and run until mid-October.

Skipper Carl Murray is the longest serving member of the Big Dog crew, having sailed the Big Dog up and down the river since it was re-launched under Beccles Lido Limited ownership in 2012.

Mr Murray said: 'It really is a wonderful way to travel through the beautiful Waveney Valley and enjoy the river.

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1

Big Dog Ferry is set to relaunch on April 1 - Credit: Big Dog Ferry


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'There is so much wildlife, and in addition to the swans that nest near the Lido we also see otters, kingfishers, marsh harriers and much more besides. It's right nice.'

The Big Dog is a relaxing three mile boat journey along the river which gives people the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife en-route.

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With up to five return trips daily, there is plenty of time to disembark and enjoy a meal, a drink or the music at the Locks Inn.

It also gives people the chance to explore the village of Geldeston which has lots of attractions including the Wherry Inn and Mandy's famous farmhouse pickles, or alternatively stay on board for a round trip.

There is also the chance to enjoy the scenic river at 9am for advance bookings only.

The crew has been preparing Big Dog for its Easter holiday launch.

Steve Moody has got the engine ready for another 1,000 trips. The crew would like to thank Ben Stebbing of Maritime Brokers at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, who has taken the boat to be cleaned, refurbished and repainted.

Throughout the year there will be various fund raising events through the season. For more on these visit www.facebook.com/bigdogferrybeccles.

For the full timetable and details of how to book a trip please visit www.bigdogferry.co.uk or call the skippers on 07532 072761

Are you holding an event in Beccles? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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