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May 31, 2018

Loveboats: self-steer UK cruises just for two!

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, is highlighting canal boats just for two: perfect for a romantic break or even a honeymoon with a difference!

In the country, a tranquil towpath mooring is easy to find, while canals also run through the heart of elegant towns like Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Chester.

“We have a great choice of boats suited for a couple looking to enjoy quality time in the country or city, with stunning scenery or historic sights, canal-side pubs and romantic walks,” says Nigel Richards, managing director of Waterways Holidays.

Couple-friendly boats available from Waterways Holidays include:

  • Casanova is aptly named! The 45-feet long boat has a romantic cabin with TV and luxurious king-sized bed, plus a welcome pack including wine and the option to have a supermarket shop delivered in advance. Based at Nantwich on the Middlewich arm of the Shropshire Union canal, there is a choice of cruising routes, with three-night weekends from £1007.
  • Bath2, based at pretty Bradford-on-Avon, an easy cruise from Georgian Bath. This 47-feet boat is cosy with double bed, two armchairs and folding table and chairs for indoor or outdoor dining. Three-night weekends start at £519.
  • Cheviot is a very traditional boat: colourful paintwork, a multi-fuel stove and a comfy sofa that pulls out to create the double bed, and a covered bow for indoor/outdoor living. This tiny boat – only 35 feet – based at Braunston on the Warwickshire/Northants border offers a classic, budget option with weekends from only £645.
  • Oxford is based at Sowerby Bridge in the heart of the Pennines. Honeymooners are welcomed with a bottle of champagne, and this comfy 42-feet long boat has a double bed and plenty of space, with armchairs in the saloon and a bath (with shower over) in the bathroom. Three nights’ hire starts at £685.

In all cases above, hire charges are fully-inclusive of damage waiver, fuel, use of buoyancy aids, initial tuition and car parking while cruising.

“A boating holiday makes an ideal romantic getaway. We’re also increasingly helping customers plan and book their perfect honeymoon, and with many boats being pet friendly, your four legged best friend is welcome too,” says Nigel.

 

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

May 2, 2018

Save Broads Sailing Holidays – new Campaign from Norfolk Yacht Operators

The five companies that offer yachts for hire on the Norfolk Broads have formed a new partnership to promote sailing holidays in the Broads National Park.

A new website: www.BroadsSailing.com has been launched to act as the focal point for the campaign featuring all the Broads yachts still available for hire, ranging from classic 1930s mahogany boats to brand new fibreglass yachts.

The website offers ‘live’ availability and is backed by a specialist helpline to advise novice and experienced sailors alike.

“Fifty years ago there were over 40 boatyards and hundreds of cabin yachts for hire,” says Andy Hamilton, the Chairman of the new Broads Sailing group. “Now motor cruisers dominate the waterways, but five operators still offer this uniquely Norfolk experience.”

“We need to make Broads sailing holidays easy to find online, easy to understand and easy to book.”

Between them, the five companies offer a wide range of yachts from two to eight berths to suit both novices and experienced sailors.

Each operator includes comprehensive ‘handover’ instruction at the start of each holiday and two of the boatyards offer RYA tuition at extra cost so that even complete beginners can enjoy sailing on the Norfolk Broads.

A three-night weekend hire of a two-berth cabin yacht in June starts at £363.

A family-sized yacht sleeping four costs from £629 for a week in August.

Visit www.BroadsSailing.com  or call 01252 796409

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Notes for Editors

The Broads sailing holiday operators working together are:

  • Eastwood Whelpton Sailing Holidays at Upton
  • Martham Boats at Martham
  • Hunter’s Yard at Ludham
  • Swallowtail Boatyard at Ludham
  • Oliver’s Sailing Holidays at Martham Ferry

 

BroadsSailing.com spokesman is Andy Hamilton of Eastwood Whelpton Sailing Holidays: 01493 750 430

April 30, 2018

Yacht companies form Partnership to Save Broads Sailing Holidays.

The companies that offer yachts for hire on the Norfolk Broads have formed a new marketing partnership to promote sailing holidays in the Broads National Park.

“Fifty years ago there were over 40 boatyards offering hundreds of cabin yachts for hire,” says Andy Hamilton of Eastwood Whelpton, and the Chairman of Broads Sailing.  “These have now mostly been replaced by motor cruisers, but there are still five operators offering this uniquely Norfolk experience.”

Commenting on behalf of the new ‘Broads Sailing’ group, Andy explains, “By working together and speaking with one voice to promote the magical experience of sailing a yacht on the Broads, we are seeking to ensure that this truly unique experience and local heritage will continue to be available to future generations.”

“The new ‘Broads Sailing’ brand gives us a single, stronger voice ensuring that the Broads is promoted as an exciting destination for sailing in the UK, whether we’re exhibiting at a boat show, promoting ourselves to UK and international markets, or ensuring that our views are represented with the relevant authorities and stakeholders.”

A dedicated new website www.BroadsSailing.com has been launched to act as the focal point for the joint marketing activity, featuring all of the Broads yachts for hire, both classic and modern, including live availability and a specialist advice helpline to ensure that questions are answered and that people are directed to yachts suitable for their needs.

“We need to make Broads sailing holidays easy to find online, easy to understand and easy to book,” says Andy Hamilton.

The Broads sailing holiday operators working together are:

  • Eastwood Whelpton Sailing Holidays at Upton
  • Martham Boats at Martham
  • Hunter’s Yard at Ludham
  • Swallowtail Boatyard at Ludham
  • Oliver’s Sailing Holidays at Martham Ferry

Between them, the five companies offer a wide range of yachts from two to eight berths to suit both novices and experienced sailors. Each operator offers full handover instruction on arrival at the start of each holiday. Eastwood Whelpton and Hunter’s Yard are also fully accredited RYA Training Centres offering RYA tuition leading to formally recognised qualifications, including for complete beginners.

“The Broads offers 125 miles of safe inland waterways, making it the ideal place for family sailing holidays in a beautiful natural environment, which is now part of the National Parks family,” says Andy.

“Our fleets include yachts which can be handled by novices through to powerful yachts that were designed and built for racing on the local rivers and broads. A sailing holiday on the Broads is the ideal ‘next step’ from dinghy sailing as well as presenting a different challenge to experienced sea sailors.

“Between us, we offer everything from the traditional  classic wooden hire yachts that hark back to the 1930s when they were fitted out with gimballed oil lamps, through to modern fibreglass boats with high standard accommodation – and most things in between! There is even a traditional yacht with an all-electric silent engine.

“I first sailed on the Broads as a 10 year old,” continues Andy. “I fell in love with the sailing and the local landscape and natural environment and returned for many sailing holidays with Eastwood Whelpton run by Tim Whelpton, an Olympic sailor and Norfolk boat-builder, and his wife Annie who founded Eastwood Whelpton in 1959.

“Tim died nine years ago, and when Annie Whelpton retired, my wife and I grasped the opportunity to continue their fantastic legacy. We made the crazy decision to leave our existing careers, purchased this long standing local business with 16 yachts and started a new life on the Broads in 2015!”

Ian Curtis, whose grandfather founded Martham Boats in 1946 says, “BroadsSailing.com is the 21st century equivalent of the old ‘Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Yacht Owners Association’ which in grandad’s time had more than 40 member boatyards.

“By working together with Hunter’s Yard, Eastwood Whelpton, Swallowtail Boatyard and Oliver’s Sailing Holidays, we are determined to reverse the decline of sailing holidays on the Broads.  We need to reach a younger, wider audience through the new website, and with other initiatives such as exhibiting together at relevant local and national shows.”

The five operators are delighted to be teaming up with Waterways Holidays to offer a high quality dedicated online booking and telephone support service to enquirers. The company is the UK’s leading booking agency for holidays afloat, and its managing director Nigel Richards is an enthusiastic Broads sailor.

“I love to sail on the Broads and particularly enjoy taking part in the annual Barton Charter Regatta, sponsored for the past 10 years by Waterways Holidays,” says Nigel. “I hate the thought that hire yachts might one day disappear from the Broads, and we’re very happy to lend our technology and support to this great initiative.”

Visit www.BroadsSailing.com  or call 01252 796409

 

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BroadsSailing.com spokesman is Andy Hamilton: 01493 750 430

 

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April 18, 2018

Canal Breaks discounted for May Bank Holiday Weekend

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for booking holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, is tempting couples and families with discounted breaks over the May Bank Holiday weekend with savings of up to £255 on normal hire rates.

“These Bank Holiday offers are brilliant, and a three-night break is a great way for first-timers to discover the beauty, tranquillity and history of the canals,” says managing director of Waterways Holidays, Nigel Richards.

For example, a Princess-class narrowboat based at Acton Bridge in Cheshire sleeps four to six people, and is now offered at £1020, saving £255, for a three-night weekend starting Saturday 5 May.  From its base on the Trent and Mersey Canal, an easy weekend break could include the lock-free Bridgewater Canal to the pretty market town of Lymm and leisurely meals at a canal-side pub in Sale Bridge.

At Ely on the River Ouse, a Duchess class boat sleeping up to four is £840, saving £209 on three nights’ hire starting Friday 4 May. Visit the magnificent cathedral before boarding Duchess and being introduced to the boat’s engine, steering and safety features. In a weekend, a quiet cruise to Cambridge is easy, passing through Wicken Fen en route. This wetland nature reserve has been managed by the National Trust since 1899.

And in Scotland, where boaters can see the awesome piece of canal engineering that is the Falkirk Wheel, a Lautrec Class boat sleeping four is offered at £900, saving £225. The Falkirk Wheel compensates for the differing heights of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals , and raises and lowers boats between the two: an extraordinary experience at the start of a weekend’s cruise that can also take in ‘The Kelpies’ 30 metre high equine sculpture.

These boats all have central heating, well-equipped galley kitchens, dining/seating areas and modern shower rooms with flush wcs.  Everything need for self-catering is provided, including bed linen and towels.

All prices quoted include damage waiver charge, car parking while cruising, initial tuition at handover and loan of buoyancy aids. The only extra is fuel used during the weekend.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

Waterwaysholidays.com 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.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portuga

March 28, 2018

New Narrowboats to Hire through Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for booking holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, will be offering as many as 12 brand-new boats for summer 2018, with the first completed boat launching in time for Easter.

Lily is a 66-feet long narrowboat that combines modern comforts with heritage features. She is based at Trevor on the beautiful Llangollen Canal in north Wales, and sleeps four people.

The exterior features traditional paintwork, portholes as well as modern windows, hatches next to the dining table for ‘open air’ eating and a traditional ‘cratch’ (removable awning) over the fore deck for a sheltered seating area.

Inside, two shower rooms and two wcs mean the two sleeping areas are virtually ensuite (there’s a fixed double bed and another cabin area which may be used either as a double or two singles). Radiators provide central heating and a cosy solid fuel stove adds a focal point in the saloon.

LED ceiling lights make it bright, but Victorian-style wall-lights add atmosphere. The galley kitchen features a Belfast sink and Victorian style taps, but also boasts a modern gas hob, oven and grill, fridge, microwave and everything needed to self-cater. Other features include WiFi and flat-screen TV/DVD.

Lily is pet-friendly, with the first one free of charge, and a second welcome at a small supplement. Bedding, linen, towels and buoyancy aids are all included in the hire price, as is car parking while you cruise and initial tuition.

Budget for a £50 damage waiver fee (to cover accidental damage to the boat) to hire charges that start from £740 for a three night break, and from £1060 for a week. Pay for fuel as used.

From her base at Trevor guests can explore the Vale of Llangollen on a cruise that could include the famous ‘stream in the sky’ otherwise known as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
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Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

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

 

Waterwaysholidays.com 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.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

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