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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.

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The website (and office team) offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

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,


July 5, 2018

Eight Top Family Holiday Destinations from Waterways Holidays

A week on the canals is the perfect all-in-one holiday for families says the UK’s top boating holiday company Waterways Holidays.  “A narrowboat is not only a floating holiday home, it is your mode of transport and sightseeing all wrapped into one great-value package,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

The company offers narrowboat hire across Britain’s 2,000+ miles of canals and recommends these destinations for family holidays afloat this summer.

  1. LLANGOLLEN CANAL Waterways Holidays offers seven start points between Llangollen and the junction with the Shropshire Union Canal. This is a wonderfully scenic canal, with the thrill of crossing the 126-feet high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO World Heritage site).
  1. THE HEART OF ENGLAND The Grand Union Canal is the ‘spine’ of the network, connecting London with Birmingham. Linking rivers like the Avon and Severn wander through Warwick and Stratford while canals enter the heart of Birmingham and Leicester. Choose from 12 start points on the Grand Union Canal itself, with many more across the Midlands.
  1. BATH This elegant city is a living history book for family sightseeing. Bath is packed with fascinating museums from the Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre. Moor in the city centre or 10 minutes’ walk away at Sydney Gardens. There are seven start points within easy reach of Bath.


  1. SCOTLAND Waterways Holidays suggests hiring from the base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, which is the height of about eight double decker buses. Marvel at this feat of modern engineering, then cruise the Forth and Clyde Canal to see the Kelpies, or head towards Linlithgow.
  1. THE FENS Perhaps Britain’s least-known waterways. The Nene and Great Ouse rivers combine with navigable fens to bring boats into the heart of cathedral cities like Ely and Peterborough, sleepy Cambridgeshire villages and fascinating nature reserves. Start from Ely or March.
  1. RIVER WEY The river was made navigable as early as the 1630s, and today is managed by the National Trust, providing a green corridor through Surrey to connect with the Thames. Excellent choice of waterside pubs and restaurants. Start from Guildford, Send or Farncombe.
  1. THE PENNINES Three key waterways cross the northern hills. The Leeds and Liverpool, Rochdale and Huddersfield canals. Enjoy far-reaching moorland views then discover England’s industrial heritage in former mill towns. Four start points including Barnoldswick and Sowerby Bridge.
  1. THE BRECON BEACONS The Monmouth and Brecon canal is ideal for nature-lovers: spot red kites, kingfishers and herons. Its 36 miles are cut off from the rest of the canal network, with tranquil towpaths, few locks and lovely views, it is the ideal ‘first time’ canal, with three start points.

Family-friendly narrowboats come in all sizes, from compact four-berths to 60+ feet long boats sleeping up to 12.

Many are pet friendly at no extra charge, and all are equipped with everything needed for a self-catering holiday afloat. Initial tuition is always provided, along with the loan of buoyancy aids.

A peak summer week for a family of up to six people, in a Princess 4 class narrowboat available from a variety of locations, starts at £1360. Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

Further information and advice from Waterways Holidays on 01252 339023,

August 17, 2016

Post Brexit Boom for Boating Holidays

The first week of August was one of the busiest in Waterways Holidays’ history with the Hampshire-based team dealing with over 1,000 telephone and online reservation requests for holidays on Britain’s canals and inland waterways.

“In particular, last-minute demand for UK boating holidays is phenomenal,” says Managing Director Nigel Richards.

“Families are choosing the UK for their principle holiday this year, not just as a short-break ‘top-up’.  We already knew that 2016 was going to be a good year for boating holidays – we were 22% up by May – but this late surge clearly has a lot to do with customer concerns about overseas travel disruption, fantastic August weather at home and the falling value of the pound since the Brexit referendum,” explains Nigel.

More customers are booking with their mobile phone, and booking top quality boats, so that Waterways Holidays’ average booking value is also up: 8%.

“The slow pace of a boating holiday offers a complete escape from busy everyday life,” says Nigel, “with boats being well equipped with all home comforts and allowing you to wake up in a new location every day. The choice of family friendly waterside pubs is also a great attraction for many hirers who wish to combine eating out with the option of preparing your own meals onboard”.

The boom in holidays afloat is not just a ‘last-minute’ impulse.  “We’re pleased to say that advance bookings for 2017 are already 51% up, and it is great to see boatyards around the country expanding their hire fleet and building brand new boats for the 2017 season”.

The Canal & River Trust in its 2015/16 report (published 25 July) estimates that Britain’s waterways received 380 million visits.

“From canal side pubs to towpath trails and tourist attractions, Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique asset,” says Nigel, “and much of the boom in holidays afloat is down to the hard work of the Canal & River Trust and their volunteers and friends.”

To check availability of over 1800 narrowboats, river cruisers and sailing yachts at more than 80 different UK start points, contact Waterways Holidays online or by phone. A full week’s hire of a six-berth narrowboat starting 27 August costs from £900 (£150 per person) inclusive of all fuel.

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Ed’s Notes: 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.


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

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800


June 13, 2016

Cruise the Canals with Waterways Holidays and save £££s

Britain’s leading boating holidays agency, Waterways Holidays, is highlighting week-long cruises around leafy Warwickshire with discounts of 20% on family holidays in July and August if booked by 30 June.

“During a seven-night canal cruise through some of England’s most beautiful countryside, families can stop off to visit impressive Warwick Castle – well worth a full day’s visit – and tackle the impressive Hatton Flight of 21 locks which is a real boating experience,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

As an example of price, a peak August week’s rental of ‘Pulteney’ from Stockton on the Grand Union Canal, costs £920 (saving £230). The 48-feet long narrowboat is easy to handle and ideal for a small family, with a double cabin for Mum and Dad and two single berths for the children.

The hire price includes a complete ‘inventory’ of self-catering equipment, bedding and bed-linen, buoyancy aids, damage waiver, car parking at the base and of course, initial tuition. Pay for fuel as used during the week. Bring the family dog along at no extra charge.

Larger boats, capable of accommodating two families, include the 10-berth ‘Lancaster’, which costs £1400, saving £350, for a week in August.

Other Midland start points with discounted canal boat hire for family holidays are Great Haywood, Tardebigge and Wootton Wawen.

The 20% discount is offered on short break and week-long holidays this summer for families with children aged 16 and under, when booked by 30 June.
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