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September 13, 2018

Half Term on Britain’s Canals from £507 for a Family of 6

October half-term holidays are an opportunity to try a self-catering break with a difference: a modern family-friendly narrowboat on Britain’s canals, with prices from just £507 for a Monday to Friday break for up to six people!

That’s just one of hundreds of boating holiday options available at, the one-stop shop and advice source for breaks on our inland waterways.

£507 is the hire charge for a Derwent or Medway class narrowboat for four nights starting Monday 15 October in the Heart of England (bases at Gailey and Rugby). That’s a saving of £273 on the original price.

The following week, starting Monday 22 October the same boats are £585 for a four-night break, saving £315.

These modern narrowboats have two separate cabins to sleep four in permanent berths, with convertible seating in the saloon to sleep two additional people (six in total).

Each has one full shower/wc and an additional separate wc, a sitting/dining saloon area and well-equipped kitchen. Like most narrowboats, they’re pet-friendly at no extra charge.

Hire fees include damage waiver charge, bedlinen and towels, car parking at the base while away, loan of buoyancy aids and helmsman’s waterproofs and – of course – a comprehensive hand-over with tuition so that families can set off with confidence! The only extra is fuel used during the trip: families should budget around £50 for this.

“With more than 2,000 miles of navigable canals across the UK, most people are within an hour or two’s drive of one of our start points,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

September 15, 2016

Britain’s Canals: Fun and Educational for October Half Term

Waterways Holidays is highlighting the enjoyable balance of fun and learning in an October half term holiday on Britain’s canals.

“A week on the canals provides plenty of interest for ‘what I did on my holiday’ reports,” says managing director Nigel Richards.  “And kids can’t help but learn while they’re having fun, with the canals delivering lessons in social history, physics and engineering each day.”

The 3000 mile canal network showcases innovative engineering solutions created by the greatest engineering minds of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Thomas Telford and James Brindley. Feats include the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north Wales, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire and the Blisworth Tunnel in Northamptonshire, while modern marvels include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.

And from about the age of seven, says Waterways Holidays, children can be hands-on helping to operate locks to go ‘uphill’ and ‘downhill’ or opening swing and lift bridges, making the laws of physics real.

Canal-side museums include those at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port, the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands and the MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon.

“From the Industrial Revolution to Roses and Castles art, not to mention tow-path nature studies, a canal holiday makes learning fun,” says Nigel.

“And if, from the outside at least, narrowboats appear to have changed little since the 19th century, inside our modern hire boats you’ll find ‘all mod cons’ from flush wcs and central heating to WiFi and iPod docks.”

A week’s holiday at October half term for a family of four costs from £716 on Bluebell, a 40-feet narrowboat based at Linslade on the Grand Union Canal, including all fuel, damage waiver and a full self-catering inventory.


Waterways Holidays, 01252 339023,




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