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June 17, 2019

Waterways Holidays agrees with C5’s Tony Robinson: the Thames IS Britain’s Greatest River!

Waterways Holidays welcomes Tony Robinson’s TV exploration of The Thames: Britain’s Greatest River (Channel 5, Tuesdays 8pm), saying “it’s good to see this magnificent waterway on-screen and be reminded that many stretches of the Thames are easy to discover on a boating break.”

The boating holidays specialist offers five start points along the Thames between Oxford and Windsor.

A self-steer boating break offers more than 800 years of history, a royal castle and the chance of celebrity sightings along a 25 mile stretch of England’s iconic river.

“There is a wide range of motor cruisers and narrowboats providing comfortable floating accommodation and a fresh angle on historic and beautiful locations along the Thames,” says Waterways Holidays boss Nigel Richards.

From Runnymede where Magna Carta was signed, to Old Windsor (home to Sir Elton John and David Furnish), Royal Windsor, Eton College (some parts of which are open to the public) and well-heeled Maidenhead, there are plenty of celebrity homes to spot.

At Taplow, the National Trust’s Cliveden estate has riverside moorings so take a walk in the beautiful gardens, or afternoon tea at Cliveden House itself, which is now a luxury hotel. Further on are Marlow and Henley, where a stop at the River and Rowing Museum is a must.

Tracing the river upstream, it winds through rural Berkshire to Sonning, where George and Amal Clooney have their UK base, and on towards Oxford’s dreaming spires.

A three-night weekend on the Thames starts at £819 for a 30-feet long modern cruiser equipped with shower/wc and galley kitchen, and sleeping two to four people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400


June 3, 2019

New Norfolk Broads Boating Base for Waterways Holidays

Boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays has added Reedham on the River Yare to its start points for boating holidays on the Broads.

Reedham is an ideal base from which to discover not only the natural beauty of the Broads, but also the cathedral city of Norwich which is a five-hour cruise to the east, and where moorings at the Yacht Station are well-placed to allow sightseeing ‘ashore’.

Cruising from Reedham also offers the opportunity to explore the lesser-known Southern Broads, following the River Waveney towards the Suffolk border, perhaps visiting beautiful Somerleyton Hall before discovering the open waters of Oulton Broad and the nature reserve of Carlton Marshes, with Lowestoft just beyond.

A full week’s hire also allows time to discover impressive Breydon Water and beyond to the northern Broads.

The fleet of motor cruisers based at Reedham offer outstanding value for budget-conscious couples and families this summer, and there’s an introductory discount of 15% on all hires this season!

Prices start at just £331 (saving £58) for a three-night weekend in October on Sandlark, a compact cruiser perfect for a couple, with a double bed.

For families, 38-feet long Sand Cougar sleeps up to six in one twin cabin, two singles and seating in the saloon that converts to a double. A peak August week’s hire is £1067, saving £188 with the offer – outstanding value – and pets are welcome free of charge!

In all cases, hire includes initial tuition, buoyancy aids, parking at base while cruising and bed linen, while the galley kitchen is kitted out for self-catering. Additional charges for damage waiver and fuel apply.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,




April 24, 2019

Back-to-back Bank Hols for a 14-night boating holiday using 9 days annual leave

Board a comfy narrowboat on Easter Monday to enjoy a leisurely two-week cruise, taking advantage of back to back Bank Holidays and using only nine days annual leave!

Waterways Holidays is the one-stop shop and advice line for last-minute holidays afloat, with a number of boats available for 14-night hire from this weekend.

The forecast for Easter is great, and with another Bank Holiday around the corner on 6 May, this is a great opportunity to explore Britain’s canal network, packed with interest, wildlife and canal-side pubs!

As an example, ‘Pulteney 2’ is based at Stockton in rural Warwickshire, which is a great starting point for a range of cruises, perhaps to pretty Stratford Upon Avon, historic Warwick Castle or Oxford’s dreaming spires.

Boarding on Easter Monday 22 April, 14 nights’ hire of this modern boat that’s perfect for a couple is £1373, plus £50 damage waiver: everything needed for self-catering is provided, including central heating, bedding, buoyancy aids and initial instruction into the boat’s diesel engine – it’s pet friendly too!

This is just one of Waterways Holidays’ hire options from more than 80 start points across the UK. Prices/availability correct at date of issue.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

April 4, 2019

Save up to £630 on Easter Boating Deals

Britain’s inland waterways make for a brilliant Easter break, and has dozens of last-minute offers – and advice – for couples, friends or families looking to try a holiday afloat.

For example, a week’s hire from 13 April of Princess 4403 from her base on the edge of the beautiful Peak District is discounted by £630. This superb narrowboat offers comfortable accommodation for four to six people for just £945 to include damage waiver, loan of buoyancy aids, initial tuition and everything needed for self-catering, including heating. The only extra is fuel used during the holiday.

And at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Piping Plover is another modern narrowboat with flexible accommodation for four to five people. This cosy boat is available for three nights from Good Friday 19 April at £784, reduced from £979 and saving £195.

The fabulous Norfolk Broads are another option, with a choice of modern motor cruisers and sailing yachts taking to the water this Easter.

As an example, the cruiser Aqua Emblem has two cabins to sleep four in comfort, with heating and two showers/wcs. She’s based at Horning on the northern Broads, perfectly placed for exploring this amazing waterland. A three-night break starting Good Friday 19 April was £792, but is now £555, saving £237. Everything is included in this package, including a tank of fuel.

The team at Waterways Holidays offers telephone and online advice for first-time boaters. The company is a one-stop-shop for availability on more than 1,800 boats and over 80 different start points across Britain’s 3,000 miles of canals and other inland waterways.


01252 339023,


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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400 offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.

Boating holidays in Holland, Portugal and France are available.

The website (and office team) offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

March 20, 2019

Discover the ‘Southern Broads’ with Waterways Holidays

Boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays has added Burgh St Peter on the River Waveney to its start points for boating holidays on the Broads, just in time for Easter.

“The Broads are officially the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, but people tend to focus on the better-known Norfolk rivers,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

“The River Waveney marks the border between the two counties and Burgh St Peter is a superb start point for exploring peaceful waterways, quaint villages and towns and it offers easy access to the beautiful city of Norwich.”

The boats available to hire from Burgh St Peter all feature warm-air heating and ergonomically-designed kitchen and shower/wc facilities. The motor cruisers range from smaller boats ideal for a couple, up to a six-berth 36-feet model.

This Easter, a three-night weekend starting 12 April on Waveney Pisces, a 30-feet cruiser with a double cabin and convertible saloon seating for up to two children, costs £629 in total, offering great value for a young family.

Easter weekend itself starts at £670 for three-nights hire of Waveney Pegasus from Good Friday 19 April. This compact cruiser comfortably sleeps two in a king-sized bed in the bow cabin.

For larger parties, a week’s hire of Waveney Andromeda, which sleeps up to six, is £1496 from 13 April.

In all cases, hire includes collision damage waiver, bed-linen, buoyancy aids, car parking at base, initial tuition and the first tank of fuel. Some boats are pet-friendly at an additional charge.

In a weekend, it’s easy to explore to the pretty Suffolk towns of Beccles and Bungay, cruise north to the medieval city of Norwich, visit beautiful Somerleyton Hall (open from 18 April), or head towards the coast for Oulton Broad, Carlton Marshes nature reserve and charming Lowestoft.  A full week’s hire also allows time to cruise to Breydon Water and beyond to the northern Broads.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,




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