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Cruise Holidays in the
Cotswolds Severn Vale
                                                                                                  A Unique English Holiday
                                                                                                  If you want a holiday in England which is truly different, relaxing and memorable,
                                                                                                  book a cruise holiday with English Holiday Cruises. We are a family company and our
                                                                                                  Riverboat Hotel the Edward Elgar has been providing cruise holidays in the Cotswolds
                                                                                                  Severn Vale for over 12 years.
                                                                                                  Cruise through glorious countryside: Board in Gloucester, unpack once, sit back and
                                                                                                  relax for a unique touring holiday through glorious English countryside. We offer a
                                                                                                  variety of river cruise holidays for individuals and groups. Our home mooring is easy to
                                                                                                  reach by train, coach or car from most parts of the UK.
                                                                                                  Visit fascinating destinations, join stimulating tours: We take you to a new ‘port’
                                                                                                  each day to explore the local sights or join an inclusive guided tour. There are pretty
                                                                                                  towns such as Frampton, Upton and Stourport; heritage sights such as Gloucester and
                                                                                                  Worcester Cathedrals, Tewkesbury Abbey, the Purton ‘Hulks’ and Berkeley Castle; and a
                                                                                                  wildlife centre at Slimbridge. One cruise also includes excursions on the Severn Valley
                                                                                                  Railway and a boat trip on the River Avon.
                                                                                                  Relax in 4-Star Comfort and Hospitality: The Edward Elgar offers comfortable cabin
                                                                                                  accommodation, delicious English cooking and warm hospitality from the crew. The
                                                                                                  atmosphere is friendly, there is a well-stocked bar, complimentary tea and coffee,
                                                                                                  optional games and some live entertainment. The restaurant and top deck offer
                                                                                                  commanding views over the countryside and all inboard areas are climate-controlled.
                                                                                                  Enjoy England have awarded us a 4-star Hotel Boat rating for the past 3 years.
                                                                                                  Spend your money wisely: We offer some of the best-value holidays in the UK in a
                                                                                                  package which includes the cruise itself, full-board accommodation, tea and coffee,
                                                                                                  guided tours, live entertainment, free views…..and great memories!

                                                                                                  “This is without doubt the best holiday we have taken and we will return!”
                                          Why Cruise in England?                                  (Mr & Mrs Roberts, Wotton under Edge)
                                          •	 rive	or	take	the	train	to	the	boarding	point	–	no	   “A unique way to see England’s beautiful countryside, the entire experience has been
                                           airports,	no	ferries,	no	passports,	no	crowds.         so relaxing…” ( Mr & Mrs Standen, Canada)
                                          •	 npack	once	and	take	your	hotel	with	you	on	a	
                                           tour	of	the	country.	No	repacking,	no	car,	no	fuss.	
                                          •	 njoy	close-up	views	of	the	surrounding	
                                           countryside	and	travel	to	new	places	every	day.
                                          •	 tep	off	to	explore	local	sights	or	join	guided	
                                           tours	of	pretty	towns,	heritage,	wildlife	and	more.
                                          •	 et	to	know	your	fellow-passengers	quickly	-	we	
                                           have	a	small	complement	of	only	22	people.
                                          •	 njoy	every	moment	and	relax	-	our	crew	will	
                                           help	you	with	everything.
Lincombe Lock below Stourport-on-Severn                                                                                                                                                      3
    Short Breaks and Getaways
    Unique Weekend Break                           Historic Canal Cruise
    A week-end break with a difference             An unusual and relaxing break of 4 days/3
    offering great value for money. Good           nights packed full of colourful waterway
    for individuals or groups of friends.          scenes, wildlife and historical interest.
    Cruise from Gloucester’s Historic Docks        This cruise takes in all the sights of the
    along the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal,          Unique Weekend Break but also includes
    Britain’s first ship canal. Capture glorious   an extra night on board, a guided tour
    views of the Cotswolds, Severn Estuary         of the Purton ‘Hulks’ to reveal their
    and Forest of Dean. Join a guided tour         fascinating history, a guided tour of the
    of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre in           nearby Berkeley Castle and a visit to the
    Slimbridge, founded by Sir Peter Scott.        Saul Junction Heritage Centre to discover
    Also stops at the Purton ‘Hulks’ graveyard     the ongoing restoration of the old canals
    of 80 barge wrecks and the quaint Village      stretching to the River Thames. Cruises
    of Frampton-on-Severn.                         board on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
    Friday: Board at 6pm, dinner, table quiz       Day 1: Board at 6pm, dinner, table quiz.
    Saturday: Cruise to Slimbridge. Guided         Day 2: Sail to Slimbridge. Guided tour of
    tour of Wetlands Centre. Sail on to            Wetlands Centre. Captain’s cocktails.
    Sharpness and Purton. View barge ‘Hulks’.      Day 3: Cruise to Sharpness/Purton.
    Captain’s cocktails. Live entertainment.       Guided tour of the Purton Barge ‘Hulks’.
    Sunday: Sail to Frampton-on-Severn. Walk       Sail on to Frampton-on-Severn. Coach
    to the church and longest village green        to Berkeley Castle for guided tour. Live
    in England. Sail back to Gloucester over       entertainment.
    a traditional Sunday lunch. Disembark at       Day 4: Sail to Saul Junction. Explore the
    1.30pm.                                        Cotswolds Canal Heritage Centre. Sail
                                                   back to Gloucester over lunch. Disembark
                                                   at 1.30pm.
                                                                                                The Historic Docks in Gloucester

      Extend your stay...
      Why	not	stay	at	a	local	luxury	hotel	before	or	after	your	cruise	with	us?	We	
      can	make	a	booking	for	you	at	the	Hatton	Court	Hotel	in	the	Cotswold	Hills	               “Best short break ever! We have
      overlooking	Gloucester.	Call	us	for	details	on	01452	410411.                              thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”
                                                                                                (Mrs Isaac, South Wales)
                                                                                                                                                                                 Lower Severn Vale

                                                                                                                    “This is no ordinary canal and no ordinary cruise.” (Helen Werin, Yorkshire Post)

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                                                                                      Longer Holiday Cruises
                                                                                      River Severn Heritage Cruise                   Cruise to the Views
                                                                                      A relaxing 5 day/4 night holiday on the        A comprehensive 6 day/5 night inland
                                                                                      River Severn with stunning views and           cruise holiday combining the best of
                                                                                      destinations steeped in history. Cruise        our ‘Unique Weekend Break’ and ‘Severn
                                                                                      from Gloucester’s Historic Docks up            Heritage’ cruises. Sail down the Ship
                                                                                      the River Severn to the pretty town of         Canal and return on up the River Severn
                                                                                      Upton-upon-Severn. Sail on to Worcester        to Upton, Worcester and Tewkesbury. Join
                                                                                      for a guided tour of its Cathedral – the       guided tours of the Slimbridge Wetlands
                                                                                      ‘Westminster of Wessex’. Visit the             Centre, Gloucester Docks, Worcester
                                                                                      medieval town of Tewkesbury and join our       Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey. Visit the
                                                                                      guided tour of the Abbey. Capture glorious     Purton ‘Hulks’ graveyard. Capture glorious
                                                                                      views of the Severn Vale, Cotswolds and        views of the Severn Estuary, Severn Vale,
                                                                                      Malvern Hills. Pass through 3 massive          Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Malvern
                                                                                      commercial locks along the way. A superb       Hills.
                                                                                      example of river cruising in England.          Monday: Board at 2pm. Cruise to Purton
                                                                                      Monday: Board at 6pm, dinner, table quiz.      over a cream tea. Explore the Purton
                                                                                      Tuesday: Cruise to Upton-upon-Severn.          barge ‘Hulks’. Dinner.
                                                                                      Explore the ‘Pepperpot’ church tower,          Tuesday: Sail to Slimbridge for a guided
                                                                                      Heritage Centre and Folk museum.               tour of the Wetlands Centre. Sail on to
                                                                                      Captain’s cocktails.                           Gloucester for a guided tour of the docks.
                                                                                      Wednesday: Sail on to Worcester. Guided        Captain’s cocktails.
                                                                                      tour of Cathedral, explore the city.           Wednesday: Cruise to Upton-upon-
                                                                                      Thursday: Cruise to Tewkesbury. Join           Severn. Explore the ‘Pepperpot’ church
                                                                                      guided tour of the Abbey. Final dinner, live   tower, Heritage Centre and Folk museum.
                                                                                      entertainment.                                 Thursday: Sail on to Worcester. Guided
                                                                                      Friday: Sail back to Gloucester during         tour of Cathedral. Explore the city.
                                                                                      breakfast. Disembark at 11am.                  Friday: Cruise to Tewkesbury. Join guided
                                                                                                                                     tour of the Abbey. Final dinner, live
                                                                                      “We very much enjoyed our Cruise               Saturday: Sail back to Gloucester during
                                                                                      along the River Severn, wonderful              breakfast. Disembark at 11am
                                                                                      scenery with lots of birdlife.”
                                                                                      (Mr Brewster, West Sussex)

             “A great way to relax with friends, wind down and admire the scenery.”
             (Mr Gilbrook, Southampton)

Worcester Cathedral
                                                                                                                                               Autumn Morning Mist

    Our ‘Flagship’ Holiday Experience
    Heart of England Cruise
    A 6-day/5 night inland cruise holiday along the River Severn from Gloucester to
    Stourport and back with beautiful scenery, plenty of sightseeing and two excursions
    along the way. There are fascinating destinations to explore, including Gloucester itself,
    Worcester, Stourport, Upton-upon-Severn and Tewkesbury. You can join guided tours
    of Worcester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey. There is an excursion on the acclaimed
    Severn Valley Steam Railway and another trip on a day-boat along the River Avon. This
    cruise offers glorious views of the Severn Vale, Cotswolds and Malvern Hills and there’s
    a wide variety of heritage to discover. A classic river cruise holiday with lots of sailing to
    rival river cruises in mainland Europe.
    Monday: Board at 2pm. Cruise to Tewkesbury Ham via two huge locks and enjoy a
    cream tea en-route. Dinner, table quiz.
    Tuesday: Cruise to Worcester, passing through another lock and enjoying good views
    of the Malvern Hills. Moor up in the shadow of Worcester Cathedral. Join our guided
    tour of the Cathedral, visit the famous porcelain museum or go shopping in the city.
    Captain’s cocktails.
    Wednesday: Sail on through three picturesque locks to Stourport-on-Severn. Join
    our excursion on the Severn Valley Railway, including a picnic lunch and entry to the
    historic Engine House at Highley. Return by coach to the vessel for dinner on board.
    Thursday: Sail back down to Upton-upon-Severn. Explore the nearby ‘Pepperpot’
    church tower, heritage centre and Folk Museum. Live entertainment.
    Friday: Cruise to Tewkesbury and join our guided tour of the 12th Century Abbey,
    which has the biggest Norman Tower in the country. Return to the boat for lunch
    before heading off for a trip in a day-boat on the River Avon. Final dinner in the evening
    on board – with an award ceremony for the overall winner of the daily Deck Quoits
    Saturday: Sail back to Gloucester during breakfast. Disembark at 11am
    “Even though we’ve sailed with you before (10 times) there is always something new
    to see and do.” ( Mr & Mrs Borer, Rochester)
    “We enjoyed it all so much. It will stay with us forever. Superb, at times magical!”
    (Mr & Mrs Brookman, Surrey)

                                                                                                     Telford’s Mythe Bridge above Tewkesbury

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     See Britain’s First Ship Canal                                                                Berkeley Castle
                                                                                                   Home to the same family line since the 12th Century, the assassination of King Edward II
                                                                                                   and many other events since then. Our guided tour uncovers the unique heritage of this
     The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal
                                                                                                                                                     castle, which is a short coach ride
     Built to bypass the treacherous lower River Severn, this big canal echoes the days when
                                                                                                                                                     away from our mooring.
     Tall Ships would carry goods between Gloucester and all parts of the world. We cruise to
     the best of its sights and heritage. A map of the canal and list of destinations for each
     cruise is shown on pages 18 and19.
                                Gloucester Cathedral    Gloucester (The boarding and
                                                        disembarkation point for all cruises)
                                                        The ‘Cathedral City of the Cotswolds’
                                                        has a rich cultural and industrial
                                                        history. Sights include the Historic
                                                        Docks, a Dry Dock and Shipwrights,                                          Berkeley Castle
                                                        Quays Designer and Antiques Centres,
                                                        the Waterways, Soldiers, Folk and
                                                        Beatrix Potter Museums, the Lightship      Slimbridge
                                                        ‘Sula’ and magnificent Cathedral.          This Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre,
                                                                                                   founded by Sir Peter Scott, is renowned
                                                                                                   as the birthplace of modern nature
     Saul Canal Junction                                                                           conservation. You can see a wide range
     A lively and colourful spot with                                                              of wildfowl and other wildlife at all
     marina, dry dock and Heritage Centre                                                          times of the year.
     which displays the work underway to
     reopen the old canal network to the
     Thames.                                                                                                                                                                Slimbridge

                                                                                                                                                       A Site of Special Interest, where 80
                                                                                Saul Junction
                                                                                                                                                       barge ‘hulks’ have been scuppered to
                                                                                                                                                       protect the canal embankment from
                                                          Frampton-on-Severn                                                                           erosion by the strong tides of the
                                                          Visit the longest village green in                                                           River Severn. We run a guided tour
                                                          England and a pretty canal-side                                                              during one of our cruises. Superb
                                                          church originally built in 1086. There                                                       views over the lower Severn Estuary
                                                          are good views here over the lower                                                           to the Forest of Dean.
                                                          Severn where the famous Bore               Purton Hulks
                                                          begins to form.

                                                                                                                                   “A very enjoyable cruise in a wonderful part of the UK!”
                                                                                                                                                       (Mr & Mrs Simmonds, Shropshire)

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     Discover Britain’s Mightiest River
                                                                                                 We moor up next to Worcester Cathedral, nicknamed the ‘Westminster of Wessex’.
                                                                                                 Our Guided Tour explains the icons inside, including the tomb of King John and the
                                                                                                 memorial to (another work) famous Edward Elgar. You may also explore the Porcelain
                                            The River Severn                                                                                          Museum, Civil War Museum and
                                            Sail with us on a voyage of delight and discovery.                                                        ‘Shambles’ shops.
                                            Mainland Britain’s longest river runs through
                                            glorious countryside to places steeped in history.                                                        Stourport-on-Severn
                                            See pages 18 and 19 for a map of the river and                                                            Stourport was an important
                                            list of destinations for each cruise.                                                                     staging post for the ingredients
                                                                                                                                                      and products of the industrial
                                            Gloucester                                                                                                revolution, shipped in barges along
                                            The ‘Cathedral City of the Cotswolds was                                                                  a network of local waterways. The
                                            described on the previous page. We provide a                                                              refurbished lock basins echo that
                                            guided tour of the Historic Docks on one of our                                              Worcester    heritage with a colourful array of
                                            cruises.                                                                                                  boats.

                                                                                                 The Severn Valley Steam Railway
      Gloucester Lock                                                                            We coach you to the Victorian
                                                                                                 station at Bewdley to board the
                                                                                                 acclaimed Severn Valley Railway
                                                                                                 for a journey by Steam Train to
     Tewkesbury                                                                                  Bridgnorth. Your ticket also admits
     The medieval town of Tewkesbury                                                             you to a fine collection of old steam
     has a warren of narrow alleyways                                                            locomotives at the Highley Engine
     but the major attraction is the 12th                                                        House along the way.
     Century Abbey, with the biggest
     Norman Tower in Britain. Our
     guided tour uncovers its amazing                                                                                                                                Stourport Lock Basins
     history and architecture.                                             Tewkesbury Abbey

                                                                                                                                         River Avon and Twyning
                                                          Upton-upon-Severn                                                              We take you on a trip from Tewkesbury along
                                                          The pretty town of Upton has                                                   the Avon in the Vale of Evesham by day-boat
                                                          an unusual old Church tower                                                    up to a pretty pub at the village of Twyning and
                                                          nicknamed the ‘Pepperpot’ after a                                              back.
                                                          copper cupola was planted on the
                                                          top. Explore the Heritage Centre
                                                          and Tudor House museum, with its
                                                          vast array of home paraphernalia.

                                                                                                                                                               “The scenery was idyllic…”
                                   Upton-upon-Severn                                                                                                          (Mr & Mrs Hinson, Cromer)

                                                                                                  Severn Valley Railway

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                            Main Deck Restaurant

                                                   4-Star Riverboat Comfort
                                                   The Edward Elgar                               Comfortable Cabins: The 11 passenger
                                                                                                  cabins are all cosy outside twin cabins.
                                                   Enjoy England inspects and rates us            Each one has a window, twin beds, storage
                                                   annually in their Quality in Tourism           space for clothing and suitcases, a 240V
                                                   scheme for Hotel Boats. We have earned         socket for low power appliances and en-
                                                   a 4-Star rating (out of 5) for the past 3      suite facilities with a shower, washbasin,
                                                   years. This is testimony to the quality of     shaver socket and WC. We supply towels,
                                                   accommodation, meals, facilities and crew      shower gel, hand soap, tissues and a
                                                   service we provide, taking into account        hairdryer. You can also request extra
                                                   that we are a passenger vessel.                pillows, blankets and an iron – just ask
                                                                                                  the crew! Our fresh air circulation and
                                                   Convenient Layout: The Edward Elgar is a
                                                                                                  separate air-conditioning help you to
                                                   substantial river cruiser, accommodating
                                                                                                  get a good rest at night. We clean your
                                                   22 passengers. There are three decks.
                                                                                                  cabin every day, make up the beds and
                                                   The passenger cabins are located on the
                                                                                                  replace any towels you may wish to have
                                                   lower deck, served by two staircases. The
                                                   main deck has restaurant seating with
                                                   panoramic views and a licensed bar. The
                                                   open top deck offers further seating with      “The vessel is a centre of excellence”
                                                   the best views of the countryside.             (Mr Traies-Roffe, West Sussex)
                                                   Warm Atmosphere: The atmosphere
                                                                                                  “Everything was better than our
                                                   aboard is informal and friendly. All inboard
                                                                                                  expectations – service, food,
                                                   areas are climate-controlled and the dress
                                                                                                  accommodation and entertainers”
                                                   ‘code’ is relaxed.
                                                                                                  (Jean, In Good Company)

                                                   “English Holiday Cruises offer great value, for what amounts to full board with
                                                   entertainment, even excursions, included”
Outside Twin Cabin                                 (Jacqui Morley, Blackpool Gazette)

                     Cabin Floor Plan

                                                                                                                                Dinner Time

     Warm Hospitality
     Meals, Service and Entertainment
     We serve up delicious English cooking and the crew make passenger safety, attentive
     service and warm hospitality their highest priorities.
     Traditional Cooking: Breakfast includes a range of juices, cereals and fruit from the
     buffet counter, toast, jams and marmalade and a cooked dish on most days. Lunch is
     normally two set courses such as a Ploughman’s lunch with a Raspberry Fool, or Jacket
     Potatoes with a selection of toppings followed by an Ice Cream Sundae. Dinner is a set
     four-course meal. Start with a home-made Soup or perhaps Smoked Mackerel Pate, and
     move onto a main course of slow-braised pork with cider and crème fraiche or Poached
     Hake with lemon butter sauce. This is followed by a home made dessert such as fruit
     crumble or cheese cake and then we offer a cheese board and freshly-brewed tea or
     coffee. Vegetarian options are always available and we can also cater for special needs
     with advance warning.
     Selection of Drinks: The bar carries a variety of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits.
     These drinks are charged on a cash basis daily. We also offer complimentary self-serve
     tea, coffee and chilled drinking water.
     Attentive service: Besides providing mealtime and cabin services, the crew also porter
     your baggage; tell you about the local sights, ‘shepherd’ you onto guided tours and help
     the less mobile to get around.
     Great Entertainment: Live music is staged after dinner on one evening during your
     holiday. You may also like to join a game of Deck Quoits in the daytime or a table quiz                      Bar Service
     after dinner.

     “The team who took care of us were wonderful, the on board entertainment was
     most enjoyable too. The Chef was amazing” (Jean & Rod Evans, Garstang)
     “We would like to take the crew home in our suitcase”
     (Mr & Mrs Atwater, Horsham)
     “Extremely good holiday for information, outings and organisation”                                     Live Music
     (Mr & Mrs Winnworth, Norfolk)

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     Great Value For Money
     We offer some of the best-value holidays          Questions: We make it a priority to
     in the UK. The Booking Form tucked                answer your calls quickly and provide
     into this brochure shows our prices for           friendly help about anything. Our website
     a holiday which includes the cruise,              also has an extensive FAQ section. Here
     full-board accommodation, tea and                 are the answers to some typical queries.
     coffee, guided tours, live entertainment,         Car Parking: We can arrange local
     free views …and great memories! We                parking during your holiday after you drop
     also make special offers for singles and          your bags onto our vessel at the boarding
     holidays in the Spring and Autumn.                time.
     How to book: To check availability                Moorings: Our moorings are close to
     on your preferred date call us on                 the local sights but walks of up to 1km
     01452-410411 or go to our website                 are involved at Frampton, Upton and                  Tewkesbury.
     Then, complete the Booking Form or                Wheelchairs: We can take a few
     book on-line and make your deposit                passengers who use folding wheelchairs
     payment. You may also arrange your car-           occasionally. The stairs have rails on each
     parking and extensions in a local hotel.          side. Call us to check details.
     We strongly recommend all passengers              Special Diets: We cater for vegetarians
     have travel insurance and we can supply           and special diets if you explain your needs
     information about it.                             in advance on our booking form.
     Groups: The sailings in the enclosed              Map & Directions: The Edward Elgar
     booking form accommodate individuals              is moored in Gloucester Docks. We are
     and small groups. Larger groups can               easy to reach by train, coach or car from
     charter the whole vessel on different             anywhere in the UK. We will send you full
     dates at favourable rates. Call for details.      directions, boarding and safety guidance.

                                      Heart of      Cruise to    River       Historic    Unique
       Choose your Cruise             England        Views      Heritage      Canal      W’end
       Days/Nights                      6/5           6/5          5/4         4/3         3/2
       Cruise on Ship Canal / River    River          Both        River       Canal       Canal
       Stourport                         ♦
       Severn Valley Railway             ♦
       Worcester & Cathedral Tour        ♦             ♦           ♦
       Upton-upon-Severn                 ♦             ♦           ♦
       Tewkesbury & Abbey Tour           ♦             ♦           ♦
       Avon Day-Boat Trip                ♦
       Gloucester Boarding / Tour        B           B &T          B            B           B
       Saul Junction                                                            ♦
       Frampton Visit                                                           ♦           ♦
       Slimbridge Tour                                 ♦                        ♦           ♦
       Purton Hulks Visit /Tour                        V                        T           V
       Berkeley Castle Tour                                                     ♦
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“ This was the best weekend we have ever had” (Gerry Thompson, Nottingham)

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