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August 14, 2017

New Electric Cruiser for Greener Holidays Afloat

Silent EmblemIt’s not only Britain’s car industry that is going electric!  With the introduction of a new electric motor-cruiser, Waterways Holidays now offers six environmentally-friendly boats on the Norfolk Broads.

The brand new ‘Silent Emblem’ has just been launched at Horning and is one of the ‘greenest’ cruisers on the Broads. Its electric motor is not only kinder to this unique eco-system, but is virtually silent.

“Cruising in Silent Emblem offers a very special boating experience,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards, “without any engine noise, you can really tune in to the sounds of nature, from the wind in the reeds to the song of a warbler.”

The electric motor gives between four and five hours’ super-quiet running time, before the on-board generator cuts in and re-charges the batteries whilst running.  The boat also has an eco-friendly sealed tank system, which means no ‘grey water’ discharge into the Broads.

Silent Emblem’s unique design results in 36 square feet of living space and extra headroom. The aft cabin is big enough to walk around the double bed (luxury sprung mattress), the ensuite features a large shower and standard wc, while French-style doors at the back open onto a sun deck.

The kitchen area includes an induction hob, oven, steamer, microwave and fridge. There’s Freesat TV/DVD, a Radio/CD player and power points for plugging in guests’ equipment such as hairdryer, mobile or camera charger. The saloon has a dining table, and a corner-style sofa may be converted into sleeping accommodation for +1 if wished. There is LED lighting throughout and heating controlled by touch panels.  Dual-steering points, good sightlines and jet-thrusters for manoeuvring all make Silent Emblem easy to ‘drive’, even by novices.

Silent Emblem is a new sister boat to Whisper Emblem, which launched in 2016 and has almost identical features. A three-night weekend’s hire of Silent Emblem costs from £698 this autumn.

Larger parties looking for an eco-friendly way to cruise the Broads can book ‘Rhapsody’ which sleeps up to eight. This is one of three hybrid cruisers, with both electric motor and shore power hook-up.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

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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 Portugal also available.

July 31, 2017

Waterways Holidays’ Top Five Canal Festivals This Summer

Britain’s canals are usually quiet places, offering 2,000 miles of tranquil waterways to explore and more than 80 start points for narrowboat holidays.  But this summer, there’s a riot of colour and a blast of music at canal events across the UK. Here are the top five, chosen by Britain’s leading boating holidays company, Waterways Holidays:

Blisworth Canal Festival 12-13 August. Set on the Grand Union Canal in the heart of Northamptonshire, this free event offers fairground rides, vintage vehicles, rural crafts, live music, good food and drink and of course lots of narrowboats to admire.  See blisworthcanalfestival.co.uk

Brighouse Summer Festival 19-20 August. A host of boats in the Canal Basin, with free trips, live music, a street market, fun-fair and vintage vehicles spreading across this Yorkshire town on the canalised River Calder. See brighousesummerfestival.co.uk

East London Waterways Festival 28 August. A great one-day event organised by the Canal and River Trust in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a boat flotilla, dragon-boat racing and a range of free activities for children. See queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

Festival of Water 26-28 August. Organised by the Inland Waterways Association, this year’s venue is the Erewash Canal in the heart of Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Over 100 boats are expected to be moored, and entertainment ranges from jazz and folk music to free kids’ activities. See waterways.org.uk

Vintage Foxton Festival 16-17 September. The Canal and River Trust – the charity responsible for Britain’s canal system – is holding the first Vintage Festival at Foxton Locks in Leicestershire. The focus will be on historic working boats and steam-driven engines.  See canalrivertrust.org.uk

To visit any of these canal festivals by boat, go to waterwaysholidays.com where narrowboat hire starts at £572 for three nights this August.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

July 5, 2017

Nostalgic Sailing Holidays on Ransome’s Broads

Arthur Ransome, author of Coot Club, The Big Six and other children’s books set on the Broads died 50 years ago. When he wrote these famous children’s books, the Broads were teeming with sailing boats and summer lasted forever!

Families of today can still enjoy a Swallows and Amazons-style adventure in a traditional yacht, according to the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, which offers classic sailing boats to hire from three different bases: Martham, Upton and Ludham.

“The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads offer more than 200 square kilometres of navigable waterways. There are 63 broads and seven rivers making this the UK’s largest wetland area, with safe sailing for beginners and novices,” says Nigel Richards, managing director of Waterways Holidays.

Their featured yachts combine the style of Ransome’s era with modern comforts: electricity and heating as well as on-board wc and galley kitchen.

‘High Seas’ is a 30-feet yacht sleeping four to six people. With a fibreglass hull and traditional wooden superstructure, the boat is superbly designed, with a comfortable saloon and good headroom – up to six feet high. High Seas’ sails are gaff-rigged, but she also has an engine and full tank of diesel – all included in the hire price of £1075.

Those with previous experience can set off from Upton after a brief handover:  novices will need an hour or two’s instruction – at a supplement – before setting sail.

Waterside moorings provide a choice of pubs and places of interest such as Hickling Broad nature reserve, where the Norfolk Wildlife Trust protects birds such as bitterns and marsh harriers: no doubt the Coot Club would approve.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com
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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. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

June 22, 2017

Classic Thames Cruiser now available from Waterways Holidays

A classic cruiser on the Thames is now available to hire through Waterways Holidays, following a major renovation that adds modern comfort and safety to the 1950s pleasure craft.

“I am a huge fan of wooden boats and delighted to extend our range from the Norfolk Broads – where we already offer classic yachts and cruisers – to the River Thames,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Hand-built in mahogany, ‘Bernadette’ was originally launched at Chertsey in 1952.  Now the 30-feet long heritage craft has a modern diesel engine, 240v power, jet-thruster technology and central heating (with radiators), a shower and wc, superbly equipped galley kitchen plus mod cons like TV with integral DVD, a DAB Radio/MP3 player, a USB socket – even a hairdryer and iron!

Now based at Marlow, this heritage cruiser is a perfect choice for a couple to explore the Thames in vintage style. The mahogany panelling and floorboards shine, twin berths in the forward cabin have new comfy mattresses, and there’s a cute dinette for mealtimes. Double doors open onto a rear cockpit with bench seating for outside space.

A week’s hire of Bernadette this season starts at £900.  Nigel suggests the cruiser is not for first-timers, but is ideal for those with a little experience of Britain’s waterways.

Marlow is a perfect base from which to cruise either upstream through Henley-on-Thames and Sonning towards Oxford, or downstream to Maidenhead and Windsor. This stretch of the Thames not only offers lyrical river scenery but a host of waterside dining options from traditional pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com
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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. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

June 14, 2017

80% of Narrowboats Dog-friendly says Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays specialist, says that 80 per cent of narrowboats for hire in Britain are now pet-friendly, often at no extra charge.

“We all love our pets,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards, “so no wonder UK self-catering holidays are popular, but people may not realise how many narrowboats welcome pets – even more than holiday cottages!”

Waterways Holidays estimates that 80 per cent of the narrowboats featured on waterwaysholidays.com welcome pets, which compares to around 50-55 per cent of holiday homes* in the UK.

In most cases, one pet is welcome aboard at no extra charge, and where a supplement is due, it is typically around £25: a huge saving compared to a week’s kennel fees, with no extra vaccinations or pet passports needed. Some boats even allow a second or third pet on board.

“Britain’s canals are a paradise for dogs,” says Nigel. “All canals have a towpath, and as narrowboats cruise at a walking pace, it is easy to walk the dog and keep up with your floating holiday home! There are plenty of dog-friendly canal-side pubs, often with waterside gardens, so virtually everywhere you go, the dog can go too.”

Waterways Holidays’ top three tips for dog-owners are:

  • Hire a narrowboat with an open cruiser-stern so there is room ‘on deck’ for the dog and the family to enjoy the ever-changing view. Every boat is described in full on the website, and the Waterways Holidays team is happy to advise over the phone.
  • Take your dog’s own bed so it quickly feels at home. Don’t leave it unattended on board, or if you do (to go shopping for example), bring an appropriately-sized crate as its own ‘safe space’.
  • A doggy life-jacket is a good idea, and can be bought via waterwaysholidays.com. Choose one with a wide belly-strap and easy-to-grab handle, just in case your dog decides to go swimming! It is easy enough to lift a dog back on board if it has a good harness.

 

“Canal holidays are great fun for families,” says Nigel, “with plenty of interest for kids, dogs and parents – for the whole ‘pack’ in fact!”

As an example, a week’s hire in August of a narrowboat such as the 48-foot long ‘Bridgewater Hall’ on the historic Bridgewater Canal in Cheshire, costs £1080 in total. That’s for a family of four and includes damage waiver fee, all fuel used during the cruise, and everything needed for a self-catering holiday. Two dogs are welcome free of charge, and a third may be brought at a supplement of £30.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

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