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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.


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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,

March 14, 2019

Easter Deals on UK Canals: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, has a raft of savings – up to £569 – on narrowboat hire from a range of start points across the UK.

“Easter marks the start of the busy hire season on Britain’s canals,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and there are some fantastic deals on weekends, midweek breaks and full weeks to suit all school holiday dates”.

With discounts, a week’s hire of a narrowboat starts at under £1000, with Oscar 2 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal now £850 for seven nights from 13 or 20 April (saving £149), while Snowdrop on the Grand Union Canal is £950 (saving £105) for seven nights from 13 or 20 April and Firefly on the North Oxford Canal is now £995 (saving £320) for a week starting 6, 13 or 20 April.

The boats above sleep up to four and, as with all craft offered by Waterways Holidays, are fully-equipped for self-catering.

The biggest savings are on Princess Class boats based at Bradford upon Avon on the Kennet and Avon Canal, at Chirk in north Wales, in the Peak District and at Acton Bridge in Cheshire. Seven nights hire starting 13 April is now £1330, saving £569 for a four-star narrowboat with flexible accommodation for families of up to six people.

For holidays starting Easter Saturday, offers include Duchess Class boats based at in Worcestershire or the Peak District, with seven nights from 20 April reduced by £279 to £1120.

Prices/availability correct at date of issue. Please refer to individual hire descriptions for details of what is included in the price.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


March 4, 2019

UK Canals welcome New Hire Boats for 2019

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, is forecasting a great year ahead, with nearly 40 new narrowboats being added to the 1800 already available to hire at

“The amazing summer last year drove demand for holidays afloat,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and has given operators the confidence to expand their fleets.”

New narrowboats available to hire through Waterways Holidays include:

Purbeck – A neat 48-feet boat fitted out to a high standard for a couple. The spacious saloon area features comfortable armchairs, the ensuite shower room comes complete with toiletries, and the shiny new galley has everything needed for self-catering. WiFi, TV/DVD/Radio/CD, hairdryer and USB/phone charging points are all provided. Based at Braunston on the Grand Union Canal, a seven-night holiday starts at £820.

York – The perfect boat for families or two couples this two-cabin boat has flexible single/double berths and can sleep +2 children on saloon seats. Like all modern boats York comes with radiators for heating and ‘all mod cons’. It is based at Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale Canal/Calder and Hebble Navigation in the Pennines. Hire is fully-inclusive of fuel, damage waiver etc, and the boat is pet-friendly at no extra charge, from £1000 for seven nights.

Aurora – For large parties, this 70-feet boat has four cabins (mix of double and twin berths) to sleep eight adults in comfort with +2 children feasible on convertible saloon seating. It is the perfect boat for couples spending the weekend on the South Oxford Canal, cruising from Napton. There are two shower/wc rooms and a superb galley. A three-night weekend for eight to ten people costs from £1414.

All boats are provided with buoyancy aids. Prices/availability correct at date of issue.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,






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