1944 Mr Richardson

Richardson's boat hiring operation began in 1944 alongisde Robert Richardson's father, Robert Richardson Snr with the purchase of the MacNab for the princely sum of £175.

This year also saw Mr Richardson Snr and his son (left) buy their first boatyard, Old Mill House Boatyard, in Oulton Broad.

Operation Overlord
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June 6 Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings begin as the 150,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy.


After Mr Richardson Jnr's mother, Dora, saw an advert for an auction - the Brightside Gues House in Stalham - and Richardson's Boating Holidays is purchased. In 1957-58, Mr Richardson began the task of moving the entire business, including the fleet of hire cruisers, to Stalham where the hire fleet would be let in the spring of 1958.

In Other News...

The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool, scene of The Beatles' first appearance.

Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb.

The Beatles

Aquafibre is created, with Mr Richardson owning a 30% share of the company, which build fibreglass boats for the Stalham fleet.

In Other News...

First Test flight of the supersonic Concorde.
Investiture of Price Charles as Prince of Wales.
Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon.


Mr Richardson sells the entire Salham yard, including the fleet of 244 cruisers, to the Rank Organisation. Horizon Craft move to building boats at catfield.

Muhmmad Ali
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Muhmmad Ali kocks out George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.


Horizon Craft at Acle Bridge (rented) and commencement of letting boats.

Boat sailing in Acle

Mr Richardson buys back the Stalham boatyard. The cruisers have beteriorated both structurally and mechanically and, as a result, of the original 244 cruisers, only 54 cruisers are of acceptable standard to hire that Easter.


Horning boatyard is bought from the Rank Organisation, formerly known as "Caribbean Cruisers" and now Horning Marina.

Horning Marina

Between 1986 and 1992 the Richardson fleet increases to some 750 boats after thr purchase of the boatyards' hire fleets and individual boats.

Richardsons Day Boats

Richardson's buy Hemsby Beach Holiday Village - know today as Hemsby Beach Holiday Park.

Hemsby Beach Holiday Village
CD Collection
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The Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK.


Richardson's buys the Pontins site adjacent to Hemsby Beach Holiday Village, Seacroft Holiday Village.

The company makes a further purchase - Summerfields Holiday Village in Scratby, formerly owned by Haven holidays, and in 1999, South Downs Holiday Village, a former Pontin's site.

In Other News...

Elton John is knighted.

Google is formally incorporated by two students at Stanford University.


Richardson's take ownership of Lowestoft Family Bowl, now known as Richardson's Family Entertainment Centre.

Richardson's Family Entertainment Centre

Richardson's Combines Hemsby Beach Holiday Village and Seacroft Holiday Village into one site to create Hemsby Beach Holiday Park.

With more than £10 million invested in the Hemsby site since 2016 - as well as brand-new accommodation, facilities and activities on-site - Richardson's continues to invest in the park to create a family-friendly experience that guests will never forget.

Traversing Wall Air Hockey Richardsons Family Entertainment Centre Yacht Club
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