Christmas & New Year on the Cut

Beautiful snowy scene at the boatyard

Picture frosty towpaths, crisp mornings and evenings spent curled up in front of a solid-fuel stove or a roaring fire in the canalside pub. Winter cruising suddenly becomes quite an attractive prospect. Throw in wonderfully quiet canals, friendly locals and a chance to get away from it all at a busy time of year and the appeal truly sets in. 

Christmas cruising is becoming increasingly popular but we do have some availability left!

Moor up in picture-perfect surroundings
Here’s a round-up of some of our best options:

  • Our base at Whittington Wharf on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales is offering 4 night breaks from Christmas Eve. Cruise from the wharf and enjoy a Christmas dinner in one of the local pubs. Fly across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and into the town of Llangollen to explore theshops before heading back to the base.

  • Enjoy Christmas in the Cotswolds from our base at Bradford-on-Avon. Enjoy a quiet cruise through pretty countryside and farmland along the Kennet & Avon Canal. From our boatyard at Bradford-on-Avon it isonly a 6 hour cruise into the historic City of Bath, the ideal place for a spot of Christmas dinner, with a huge selection of pubs, bars and restaurants onoffer.

  • Celebrate Christmas in Stratford-upon-Avon from our base at Wootton Wawen in the Heart of England! It is an active 5.5 hour cruise with plenty of locks to keep you warm on the way into Bancroft Basin in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon from our base at Wootton Wawen. Enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights, join in with a carol service and visit one of the many traditional pubs on offer before returning to the boatyard.

  • Visit the castle in wonderful Warwick! From our Stockton base it is a short cruise to the medieval town of Warwick. During this pleasant stretch of the Grand Union there are plenty of locks and pubs. Enough to keep the crew entertained until reaching Warwick itself. The castle is very much worth avisit at this time of year. With a 20ft Christmas tree waiting to greet you in the Great Hall- it’s not to be missed!
Enjoy the peace and quiet on the watreways

If you fancy doing New Year’s Eve a little differently this year, how about hiring a boat and visiting one of these destinations:

  • Bring in the New Year in Birmingham- moor up in Gas Street Basin in the centre of the city and choose between countless clubs, bars andpubs all within a short walking distance. From our base at Tardebigge, Birmingham is only a short 5.5 hour cruise away. If you prefer something a little quieter, head away from the city and join the Stratford Canal for a real retreat.

  • Celebrate the New Year in Chester! Easily accessible from ourbases at Bunbury, Nantwich & Beeston on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chesterhas plenty to offer for a fun New Years Eve. With many bars, restaurants and pubs,this historic city has something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Get away from it all from our Great Haywood base! With so many routes available from Great Haywood it is the ideal location for a New Year’s escape. Head off on the Trent & Mersey Canal or join the beautiful Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.  Find a nice remote spot to moor up and bring in 2019 in peace!

To search for your perfect Christmas & New Year break, search: www.waterwaysholidays.com/canal_boat_holidays.htm

You can also give us a call on 01252 796400 to speak to our friendly boating team! 

Hire one of our wonderful widebeams!

The extra space a widebeam provides in comparison to a traditional narrowboat is a feature that many people are attracted to. Traditionally, a narrowboat is 6ft in width, whereas a widebeam offers at least an extra few feet of space, ranging between 9ft-12ft in width. We have several widebeams to hire, located across the United Kingdom, all the way from the Kennet & Avon Canal in Southern England to the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.

The River Thames

‘Geanna’ & ‘Georgia’ are both luxury widebeams located at our Reading base on the River Thames, available for both short breaks and weekly hire. ‘Geanna’ is 62ft long and 12ft wide, sleeping up to 8 people maximum, with 3 en-suite bathrooms! ‘Georgia’ is the same size as ‘Geanna’ and offers two cabins, one double and one with bunk beds, ideal for a family getaway.

Georgia Saloon

Georgia Saloon

Marlow- The River Thames

‘Sancerre’, sleeping up to 6 people, is a 60ft by 11ft widebeam located at Marlow on the River Thames. ‘Sancerre’ has been fitted out with lots of mod-cons including, Bluetooth, Wi-FI and an audio system. There is also an electric bowthruster for easier manoeuvring and mooring. The master cabin has a king-size double bed with an en-suite, with double doors opening out onto the bow for alfresco dining. ‘Sancerre’ is available for both short breaks and weeks.

Cruising on 'Sancerre'

Cruising on ‘Sancerre’

The Grand Union Canal

‘Serenity’, is one of our smaller widebeams, located on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes, available for weekly Saturday hire. ‘Serenity’ is 55ft long and 10ft wide, sleeping 4, ideal for a couple’s getaway or for a small family. She is fitted out to a very high standard with a touch of added luxury, including a very handy wine cooler, flat-screen TVs in both the saloon and the cabin and an iPod dock!

Serenity

Serenity

The Kennet & Avon Canal

‘Larkspur’ is 65ft long x 10ft wide, located at Bathampton on the Kennet & Avon Canal, available to hire for 6 night breaks from a Saturday morning until Friday evening. ‘Larkspur’ sleeps 6 , with one double cabin and one twin cabin and a comfy sofa bed in the saloon.  Also in the saloon area is a solid fuel stove- ideal for cosy evenings on board!

Larkspur Saloon

Larkspur Saloon

London – Grand Union Canal

Located on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal at Iver, ‘Pendragon’ is 57ft x 10ft, perfect for family groups, sleeping up to 6. There is one master cabin, with a double bed and excellent storage space and a second cabin with bunk beds. There are a few added extras on board: a heated towel rail in the bathroom; a widescreen projector in the saloon and a Bluetooth Boombar speaker for music. ‘Pendragon’ is available for weekly hire from Saturdays.

Pendragon

Pendragon

The Falkirk Wheel

‘Sanderling’ is located at the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, giving access to both the Forth & Clyde and the Union Canals. ‘Sanderling’ is 60ft long and 10ft wide, sleeping up to 8 people. There is one master cabin with a king-size double bed. The second cabin has 4 bunks- perfect for families with children. ‘Sanderling’ is available to hire for short breaks, weeks or longer from Fridays or Mondays.

Sanderling

Sanderling

To find your perfect widebeam to hire, visit our website www.waterwaysholidays.com. Search using our widebeam filter or alternatively, call us on 01252 796400.

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Norfolk Broads Autumn Boat Hire

Many people tend to associate boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads with the summer holidays, a bustling place of excitement filled with families enjoying their time together. Autumn however, tends to be overlooked as the time to go for a boating holiday, when in actual fact, it’s an ideal time to go.

Autumn Morning on the Norfolk Broads

Autumn Morning on the Norfolk Broads

With the leaves (and prices) falling, the Broads turns from bustling to serene. With less cruisers around, quieter mooring spots and a more relaxing environment. The weather is still generally mild and wildlife is still in abundance, with different species of birds arriving for winter. The chances of spotting an otter become more frequent during the autumn months, especially at dawn or dusk. Not forgetting of course the seals at Horsey Gap! The birthing season usually starts at the end of October and carries on through the winter, leaving plenty of time to go and visit the seal pups!

The Seals at Horsey

The Seals at Horsey

During October there are a lot of events taking place on the Norfolk Broads, especially Halloween-related ones. It’s a great time to take the kids away for a weekend or during October half term. Events include the Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood; a Halloween Horror Hunt at Salhouse Broad and a Spooktacular Halloween Trail and a Creatures of the Night event at the RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, not to mention numerous ghost walks around Norwich and haunted pubs.

Bewilderwood Pumpkins

Bewilderwood Pumpkins

Other attractions to keep the children busy include the Hillside Animal Sanctuary and Thrigby Hall and Wildlife Gardens. There are countless paths to enjoy long walks out in the countryside, nature reserves to explore and routes to cycle. Pubs and restaurants tend to be a little quieter at this time of year; meaning less waiting around and more time to sit and fully relax and enjoy a meal out together.

To search for your Norfolk Broads Holiday:

Visit www.waterwaysholidays.com/norfolkbroads.htm or give our friendly boating team a call on 01252 796400.

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Trudi’s relaxing midweek break on the River Avon

 

The River Avon

The River Avon

Starting on a Tuesday afternoon from our base at Pershore on the River Avon, we planned a very relaxing, laid-back boating break. We wanted to escape the ‘rat race’ for a few days and this break couldn’t have been more perfect.

On our first afternoon we headed west towards the historic town of Evesham. Between Pershore and Evesham lies the small village of Wyre Piddle, where there is a lovely waterside pub. Bypassing this and quite a few amazing riverside homes (some traditional and others uber-modern) we made our way to our evening destination.

Approaching Evesham

Approaching Evesham

Just outside Evesham there is a tiny ferry which takes people from one side of the river to the other; it’s rather quaint and you need to warn the ferryman you’re approaching by beeping your horn 3 times, allowing him to move his chains so you don’t run into them. After this it’s not long before you see the bell tower of Evesham Abbey and parkland to your left. We moored up before Workman Bridge and walked into the town centre. Having looked around the town we found a pet-friendly pub (The Red Horse) and settled down to dinner.

On Wednesday morning we turned around and retraced our steps back towards Pershore. Mooring at Pershore Recreation Grounds, we walked into town past the public swimming pool and leisure centre. Stepping into the Star Inn, we investigated the lunch menu and decided to try some local tapas… a very good decision. After this we wandered around Pershore Abbey and its grounds; taking photos and sitting back in the sunshine. We then nipped into the local supermarket for supplies on our way back to the boat. In the evening we sampled another local pub (the Angel Inn) and enjoyed an excellent dinner there. From Pershore we cruised west towards the historic town of Tewkesbury.

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn- Wyre Piddle

The western part of the River Avon is mostly made up of farmland with cows, sheep and horses drinking from the river bank; whereas the eastern part of the river, towards Evesham, is mainly bordered by lush green woodland. At Twyning we stopped at the Fleet Inn for a G&T and snacks before continuing on, past Tewkesbury Marina and under King John’s Bridge, to our overnight moorings (which cost £3.00 per night).

Wandering over Flour Mill Bridge, we headed to the centre of Tewkesbury.There are lots of local shops and pubs in the town; museums, coffee houses, traditional bakers, butchers, hotels and restaurants. Walking down the High Street towards Tewkesbury Abbey, we stopped at the pretty Bell Hotel which is typically Tudor in appearance. We then strolled across the road to the Abbey itself, taking in numerous interesting features, including shops adorned with colourful medieval banners and some very aged timbered architecture. Feeling lazy that evening, we got a takeaway pizza to enjoy on the boat, whilst watching a film on DVD.

Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury

On our last full day we cruised back to the town of Pershore once again, mooring at the Recreation Grounds and enjoying a laid back lunch of cheese, paté and biscuits on the boat; feeding scraps to a vast convoy of ducks. That evening we walked back along the High Street to enjoy another fantastic dinner.  On Saturday morning we ‘pootled in’ under Pershore Bridges and back to the boatyard once again.

The River Avon does have locks but there are no ‘flights’ to contend with. The locks are quite wide and the rush of water can be powerful, so we recommend that you open the paddles half-way at first to avoid swamping the front of your boat with water. Each lock takes about 15 minutes to complete and between Evesham and Tewkesbury there are just 6 locks.

Working the locks

Working the locks

For more information on the River Avon:

Visit our website: https://www.waterwaysholidays.com/central_england.htm or call us on 01252 796400 for friendly boating advice.

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A lot about locks

We speak with lots of first time boaters here at Waterways Holidays, giving advice on the most suitable boats or routes for a holiday. However, one thing does tend to become apparent and that is a ‘fear of the unknown’ when it comes to working locks.

Working the locks

Working the locks

In fact, most locks are simple to master and are reasonably easy to open or close; they break up the quiet waterways; adding interest (along with lift-bridges, swing-bridges and aqueducts) by providing some welcome activity for children and adults alike.

You’ll need a minimum of two people to work a lock; one to drive the boat and the other to open or close the gates. The person driving the boat will normally drop the ‘lock person’ off on to the nearby towpath beforehand. The driver would also get off the boat and hold (or tie up) a mooring rope to steady the boat as the locks are opened; eventually proceeding slowly and gently into the lock.

If the water in the lock is already at the same level as your boat, the gates can open up ready for the boat to enter*. If the water is at a different level to your boat, the lock person will need to open the underwater ‘sluices’ using a ‘windlass’ (lock handle) to allow water to run in or out, eventually matching the water level you require.

This means fitting the windlass onto the metal lock ‘bolt’ and then turning it round and round to lift up the mechanism; letting water move into (or out of) the lock through the sluices as you go. Most locks  will open easily; although there are some that can prove more of a challenge.

Children can help too!

Children can help too!

*When letting water into an empty lock, it is best to only open the sluices half way at first. This is so that a big gush of water doesn’t go all over the front of your boat. When your boat very gently moves forward of its own accord to touch the front lock gates with its ‘button fender’ it is then time to fully open the sluices up, allowing the lock to fill. Make sure the boat moves back from the front lock gates once the button fender has touched. This avoids getting caught up anywhere.

Once the boat is in the lock you may wish to steady it with a mooring rope….just wrap the rope around one side of the mooring post (or ring) provided without tying it up. As the boat moves up or down in the lock you can adjust your hold on the rope. This is particularly useful if the lock is wide or made for two boats at a time. On some of the narrower locks it is not always necessary to use a rope. This is because the boat is held in place by the walls of the lock chamber.

Whilst waiting for a lock to fill or empty, it’s a good idea to rest your bottom on the arm of the lock gate and lean against it. Once the water level is correct you will feel the lock gate move (or give) a little, which means it’s ready to open. Locks take about 10 – 15 minutes on average to fill or empty; so usually a good time for someone on the boat to make a cuppa (not the driver who must stay aware) and for the lock person to sit back and enjoy their surroundings.

Part of the experience.

Part of the experience.

Once the lock gates are ready to open, lean your back against the arm of the lock and push backwards. Use your legs for extra leverage, until the gate is open (do this on both sides if the lock has double gates). Once the boat slowly leaves the lock you can shut the gates; but before leaving the locks you must also close all of the sluices using the windlass to drop them down. Very Important: leaving sluices open can cause terrible water loss on canals.

Every lock has a ‘CILL’ which is very clearly marked with a white stripe and the word ‘CILL’ painted on the side of the lock. The cill is a protruding stone or concrete ledge at one end of the lock chamber. It’s usually located behind your boat when you are coming ‘down’ in a lock. It is important to avoid the cill when you are in the lock. Particularly if you are entering a full lock and emptying it of water; otherwise you could get the boat stuck on a tilt and unable to move freely. Obviously, the shorter the boat you have the easier it is to stay away from the cill; but you should be aware of its location at all times.

Quite often another boat crew will be at the locks too. It is good manners to offer them help with the lock if you are waiting to go in after them. Do ask first just in case! In the same way, you might have assistance from another crew. Particularly if you are using a double lock which takes two boats at a time. Always share a lock where possible to conserve water. Even if this means waiting a few minutes for another boat to catch up with you.

Most other boaters tend to be very helpful, so if in doubt just ask.

 

To have a look for your boating holiday, visit our website, or call us on 01252 796400 for friendly boating advice.
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Stern Talk – which to choose for your narrowboat holiday?

There are 3 main types of stern to choose from when deciding which boat to pick for your boating holiday. Generally it is down to personal preference, but there are pros and cons to each type. Here is a round-up of the three types, to give you a better idea of the differences between them:

Traditional:

A small, rear deck with only space for the skipper to stand, with no guard rail behind. This type of stern was used on the old working narrowboats, as space for transporting goods was more important than a communal area for everyone to gather. Traditional stern narrowboats are the least common but we do still have a few in our fleet.

A Traditional Stern Narrowboat

A Traditional Stern Narrowboat

Semi-Traditional:

At first glance, this type of stern looks very similar to the traditional variety, with space for only the steerer to stand, occasionally with a guard rail. However, in front of the person steering there is bench seating, so the other passengers can keep the skipper company. The semi-traditional narrowboat is a good compromise between the traditional and the more modern cruiser stern and is still a popular choice for hire boaters. It is especially good for those with children or pets, as they can be in a safe, enclosed area.

A Semi-Traditional Narrowboat

A Semi-Traditional Narrowboat

Cruiser:

The cruiser stern has the largest deck area, with space for others to stand and join the person steering. It is often seen as the most sociable type of stern for this reason and was developed due to the increasing popularity of boating holidays. The stern usually has a safety rail, so again this is a good choice for families and probably the most common variety that we have in our fleet.

A Cruiser Stern Narrowboat

A Cruiser Stern Narrowboat

 

For friendly boating advice or to talk through your holiday options, give us a call on 01252 796400, or visit out website: www.waterwaysholidays.com/canal_boat_holidays.htm

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Top 5 lock-free weekend cruising routes

If you’re considering a narrowboat holiday but the idea of operating the locks is a little daunting, we’ve rounded up a few weekend cruising routes that involve no locks at all!

The Ashby Canal

A fantastic option for novice boaters or for those who enjoy peaceful, rural cruising. This lock-free canal runs for 22 miles through scenic countryside and pretty villages. From our base at Stoke Golding, many places of interest are within easy reach on a weekend boating holiday. Visit the site of the Battle of Bosworth or visit the railway society at Shackerstone for a ride on a steam train.

The rural Ashby Canal

The rural Ashby Canal

The Lancaster Canal

The beautiful Lancaster Canal runs for 41 miles through breathtaking rolling countryside from Tewitfield to its terminus at Preston. The Lancaster Canal is a contour canal, meaning it follows the line of the land and  no locks are needed. Our bases at Bilsborrow and Barton Grange are ideally located to allow boaters to explore the majority of the Lancaster Canal over a short break; highlights include visiting the City of Lancaster and the lovely Morecambe Bay.

The peaceful Lancaster Canal

The scenic Lancaster Canal

The Basingstoke Canal

A weekend break from our base at Odiham in Hampshire will allow boaters to enjoy a leisurely lock-free cruise down to Ash Lock. The Basingstoke Canal is famous for its wildlife, being home to many rare species of birds and insects. Heading north from the base will take you to the Greywell Tunnel. It is closed for navigation but well known for its colony of bats. Also up that end of the canal are the remains of St John’s Castle. Heading south, pass through Fleet with its shopping facilities and many restaurants and continue through rural scenery, turning just before the lock.

The peaceful Basingstoke Canal

The peaceful Basingstoke Canal

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The Mon & Brec Canal arguably boasts the most picturesque views across the whole canal network, located within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our base at Goytre will allow boaters a lock-free cruise all the way to Llangyndir, passing through rural villages and quaint country pubs en route. Explore the town of Abergavenny or hire horses at Crickhowell. Trek through the vast parkland before turning before the locks and retracing your journey back to Goytre.

The picturesque Mon & Brec Canal

The picturesque Mon & Brec Canal

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal

The ideal city break lover’s route! Starting at either our Alvechurch or Tardebigge base enjoy a lock-free cruise directly into the centre of Birmingham. Pass through the lengthy Wast Hill Tunnel of 2726 yards and pass the entrance of Cadbury World. Moor up at Gas Street Basin & explore the many attractions Birmingham has to offer. These include the Sea Life Centre and the famous Bullring Shopping Centre, not to mention the huge array of restaurants and bars to sample.

Moor up in the centre of Birmingham

Moor up in the centre of Birmingham

 

For more information please visit our website: www.waterwaysholidays.com/canal_boat_holidays.htm or call us on 01252 796400

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Boating in the spring

The beginning of spring is upon us and along with it comes the official start of the boating season!

Daffodils in bloom

Daffodils in bloom

We think spring is a wonderful time to take to the waterways; here are our top 5 reasons why:

 

  1. With the Spring Equinox marking the arrival of the season and the changing of the clocks at the weekend, the longer days are finally here! Make the most of the evenings by sitting in pub garden watching the boats go by.

 

  1. At this time of year it is generally quieter on the water than during the summer months. This makes it a great time of year for novice boaters to take their first boating holiday, enjoying the peacefulness and tranquillity of the waterways. It also means moorings are more readily available and canalside pubs and eateries are less busy!

Enjoy making the most of the long evenings

Enjoy making the most of the long evenings

  1. The weather is starting to get warmer, the sun finally has some warmth to it, but we’ve still got those beautiful crisp, clear mornings. The scenery at this time of year is truly stunning and ideal for taking those holiday snaps!

 

  1. Spring is the perfect time of year for the nature-lovers among us to take to the waters! It’s a great time for spotting all of the newborn animals in the fields running alongside the canals. On the canal itself you’ll find yourself floating alongside all the baby ducklings, make sure you keep an eye out for the rare species of birds living close to our canals.

    Watch the wildlife from the comfort of your narrowboat

    Watch the wildlife from the comfort of your narrowboat

 

  1. The canals and towpaths burst into life with colour in the spring. Flowers are in bloom, cherry blossom is on the trees, nature is in full swing. Watch the ever-changing scenery as you cruise along the waterways, passing the daffodils and crocuses lining the banks.

 

To find out more and to check out our fantastic spring offers, have a look at our website:

www.waterwaysholidays.com/canal_boat_holidays.htm

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Meet ‘Lily’- a brand new boat for hire in 2018

We have a brand new boat available to hire from our base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal. ‘Lily’ has all of the elegance and style of a historic narrowboat but with every modern convenience for today’s family holiday!

Narrowboat 'Lily'

Narrowboat ‘Lily’

‘Lily’ is 66ft semi-traditional stern narrowboat offering ‘heritage’ features alongside some modern home comforts. She boasts many traditional boat features such as a cratch over the fore deck, side hatches next to the dinette, belfast sink, port holes and a solid fuel stove in the saloon (starter pack included). These homely features are also combined with modern features such as LED lighting, full radiator central heating, WiFi & 240v electricity. On-board there is a small travel hairdryer and a 12v mobile phone charging point.

The Saloon

The Saloon

Lily has a spacious saloon with dinette seating, an additional sofa and a traditional fuel stove. There is aTV/DVD player and a CD/Radio player in the saloon. She features a well-equipped galley with 4 burner gas cooker complete with grill and oven, there is also a fridge with a small freezer compartment, belfast sink and drainer. There is a microwave and a cafetiere in the galley. There are two cabins onboard, one with a permanent double bed, the other with a flexible layout.

The double cabin

The double cabin

Lily is available to hire for short breaks, weeks or fortnights from Trevor, close to the famous Pontcysyllte Aqeduct!

 To find out more, check out the boat details page:

www.waterwaysholidays.com/boat/heritage.htm

 

 

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Top Easter destinations on the UK waterways

The Easter Holidays are a fantastic time to escape with the family and enjoy some time away together. With the days gradually getting longer, the chance of some sunshine increasing and the newborn spring animals in the passing fields; it’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular time to go boating.

We’ve had a look at some of the events happening close to the waterways to find you the top Easter destinations afloat:

Swans on the Norfolk Broads

Swans on the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Beautiful, lock-free cruising with plenty of pubs, villages and attractions, it’s no wonder the Norfolk Broads has earned the nickname ‘Britain’s Magical Waterland’. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at Bewilderwood- the tree house adventure park. Children can venture into the chocolate bunny burrow and search the tunnels & tree houses for the hidden Easter eggs. They can also join in the fun at the crafts centre with face painting and settle down for the story of the ‘pesky bunnies’ at the story-telling stage.

Visit Bewilderwood

Visit Bewilderwood

Cadbury World

Where better to spend the Easter Holidays than the home of Cadbury chocolate? Each day over the Easter Holidays there’s a chance to meet the Cadbury characters. The children can enjoy celebrating Freddo’s birthday at his  party or sit down for story time with the Caramel Bunny. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend even more events are taking place! Including a daily bonnet competition and an Easter egg hunt! Cadbury World & the centre of Birmingham is easily accessible from our Alvechurch & Tardebigge bases.

Moor in Birmingham & visit Cadbury World

Moor in Birmingham & visit Cadbury World

Warwick Castle

The famous medieval castle is celebrating the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s Mott & Bailey Castle this Easter. Children can enjoy the new interactive exhibition – by climbing the Conqueror’s Fortress. Other events include the Horrible Histories Maze- featuring a Viking Ship and the trenches. Warwick Castle is a short cruise from our bases at Stockton or Warwick. For a slightly longer holiday, depart from Braunston or Rugby.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Black Country Living Museum

The 26 acre open-air museum has plenty of traditional Easter events to choose from. Let the kids follow the Bunny’s trail through the canalside village, following the clues and finding the prizes! There is also an egg-rolling competition and an egg-and-spoon race to take part in. Try a freshly baked hot cross bun from the bakery or treat yourself to Fish & Chips in the traditional 1930’s chip shop! For the adults- a visit to the Bottle & Glass Inn is a must to sample a selection of the whiskey & gin on offer. Search for boats departing from our Alvechurch and Tardebigge bases to reach the museum.

Visit Dudley & the Black Country Living Museum

For more information on boating holidays during the Easter Holidays please visit our website – www.waterwaysholidays.com, or feel free to call us for friendly boating advice on 01252 796400.

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