Established in 2001 and incorporated in 2003, Waterways Holidays is a family owned and operated business specialising in boating holidays throughout the UK and selected areas of Europe. All of our team are experienced boaters and are happy to provide friendly impartial advice on choosing your perfect boating holiday. In addition to our boating holidays, we also offer a very large choice of waterside holiday cottages, lodges and glamping pods.
We can offer you a choice of over 1,600 boats from over 80 different UK start locations on the canals & rivers of England, Scotland & Wales as well as the Norfolk Broads.
Based in Aldershot, North Hampshire we act as a central booking office on behalf of most of the major UK boating holiday operators and your booking is always direct with each operator at the direct booking price.
Nigel joined Waterways Holidays in 2003 after a number of years as a Company Director of a major international telecoms company and before that as General Manager of a large Japanese consumer & business electronics manufacturer. He has sailed & raced a variety of dinghies all his life as well as crewing in a transatlantic yacht race aboard a 70 foot ocean racer. He enjoys combining his passion for all types of boating with ensuring the design and smooth running of Waterways Holidays web & IT systems to make choosing a boating holiday as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Lesley manages our booking team and the general office administration. She is joint owner of Waterways Holidays with Co Director Nigel & in her spare time is a keen narrowboater and enjoys sailing on the Norfolk Broads. Lesley took her first family boating holiday over 20 years ago on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which runs through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Despite it raining for the whole week, Lesley says that she was hooked from the first moment aboard and has since enjoyed many boating holidays throughout the UK.
Abbie joined Waterways Holidays in 2011 and has worked in a variety of key roles within the business until being appointed a Director of Waterways Holidays in 2022. She is a key member of the Board with a particular passion for our digital web presence including managing and maintaining our booking systems, web site design and digital marketing.
Amy joined the Waterways Holidays following a career in E-Commerce at a gift shop company. Amy is a passionate film fan and is very good at recommending films for us all to go and watch! In addition to her AAT Level III accounting skills, she is also very enthusiastic in helping our customers choose the best options for their boating holidays.
After graduating at Birmingham University, Gemma has undergone training with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and now looks after our social media presence and email marketing as well as remaining a very active member of our boating holidays booking team. Gemma loves boating and has taken many boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads and canals which she says helps to give an understanding of what types of information customers are looking for when considering their first boating holiday or looking to broaden their experience.
After joining Waterways Holidays in 2005, following a number of years working overseas in the travel industry, Trudi is now the most senior member of our booking team as well as being the most experienced narrowboater with numerous trips each year across the length and breadth of the canal network. Trudi has also taken a number of holidays aboard cruisers & sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads. In addition to using her boating experiences to advise customers on suitable holidays, Trudi maintains each of the boat layout plans and cruising routes on our website.
Heather joined Waterways Holidays in 2017, following many successful years working in a customer facing role in Scottish tourism as part of the team at Stirling Castle. Since joining Waterways Holidays she has become a keen boater, having gained experience on both the Broads and canals. She makes delicious Scottish shortbreads baked to a traditional family recipe - we love them! Heather particularly enjoys helping others to find their perfect boating holiday destination; she's especially knowledgeable about the many attractions along the Scottish waterways.
Aaron joined the our Team in 2022. He is a passionate football player and loves to travel. He has already developed a keen interest in boating and enjoys sharing his growing knowledge of the UK waterways with our many new customers, whether first time boaters or seasoned hirers.
Mark joined Waterways Holidays in 2022 after five years of customer service and IT support roles. He takes a strong interest in IT, film and TV and is now adding to this a keen interest in boating. Mark is also involved in the production of digital content for our boating and waterside property websites.