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July 25, 2019

Boating Bookings Boosted by 50%: Waterways Holidays

Boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays is experiencing unprecedented last-minute demand with bookings taken so far in July up 50% compared to the same period last year, which was itself a record summer.

“Bookings online and by phone have gone through the roof since 1st July,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

“Whether it’s the good weather, TV coverage or Brexit-related exchange rate issues, or a combination of all those things, the fact is that Britain’s waterways are attracting more families than ever and we’re flat out matching the right boats – and there is still some availability – to the right holidaymaker.”Current TV coverage includes a new series of Celebrity 5 Go Barging on Channel 5 and a repeat of series nine of Great Canal Journeys on More4.

Waterways Holidays offers ‘self-drive’ boating holidays on everything from canal narrowboats and modern river cruisers to sailing boats and vintage yachts.

Most boat hire requires no previous experience because the comprehensive briefing session at handover includes tuition.

There is a choice of 80 different start points across the UK, from Scotland to Surrey in the south, and from north Wales to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

Boats are well-equipped for self-catering and are often pet-friendly at no extra charge.

A four-night August hire of a narrowboat sleeping a family of four starts from £571.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


June 27, 2019

Save 30% on Summer Canal Boat Hire: Waterways Holidays

Boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays has 30% off fantastic staycations in a deal that applies to narrowboats hired from nine different start points across Britain’s canal network, right through the summer holidays.

The biggest discounts are on Owl class boats such as Great Owl based at Alvechurch on the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal, with a saving of £809 on seven nights’ hire starting 3 August, now reduced to £1890. Great Owl can sleep up to 10 people, with two showers and wcs, plus a galley kitchen and saloon fitted into its 70-feet length.

Most of the boats covered by the offer are named after birds, such as Crested Lark based at Blackwater on the famous Llangollen Canal. This 66-feet long boat sleeps four to six in comfort and is also equipped with two showers/wcs and everything needed for self-catering. A week’s hire starting 10 August is now reduced to £1610, saving £689.

Weekend and midweek breaks throughout July and August are included in the 30% discount offer.

Start points include Goytre in South Wales on the beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which meanders through the Brecon Beacons National Park; Aldermaston on the Kennet and Avon in Royal Berkshire and several bases in the heart of England such as Market Harborough in Leicestershire, close to Foxton Locks and the Grand Union Canal.

No prior canal or boating experience is necessary – initial instruction is always provided.

In all cases, the price includes damage waiver, car parking at base during the holiday, loan of buoyancy aids and a boat fully prepared for self-catering. Most boats are also pet-friendly at no extra cost!

Pay for fuel as used – and with a permitted top speed of just four miles an hour, no-one is travelling very far on such a laid-back holiday through the British countryside.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


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

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,




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