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ABC Leisure Group have been appointed as your Management company by the trustees Hutchinson & Co Trust Company.

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ABC Leisure Group Limited has been building and operating a hire fleet and providing full marina services to canal users for over 35 years, with a thorough experience of everything to do with narrowboats and boating holidays.

We are unique in that we own and operate 10 strategically placed marinas and a boat building operation which means we can, if required, personally provide almost all the services needed for the operation of a canal boat during its entire life.

ABC Leisure Group has run the Timeshare operation called the Canalboat Club for over 8 years, so has great experience in running a Timeshare Club.

ABC Leisure Group have appointed Abacus Reservations Ltd. to look after you on a day to day basis , so Abacus will be your point of contact. Abacus can be contacted via e-mail [email protected] and telephone - 01395 443363.

ABC Leisure Group operates 300 multi use boats for traditional hiring, timeshare, corporations and boat syndicates and well as owning and operating a number of marinas. If you would like to know more about ABC Leisure Group, please do visit our comprehensive website, www.everythingcanalboats.com.



Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

13th May 2020

There is a small possibility that self catering holidays may be possible from June, with Hotels and pubs, restaurants and other accommodation from July, but June is only a small possibility at the moment.

Therefore if you have a booking with us for May or June you can change it to another date in 2020 or 2021. Even if you change the date and find that the Marina is open for your original date, we can change it back if you wish, if its still available.

You can take 2 Canalboating holidays in 2021 (using your 2020 allocation and your 2021 allocation) -
a) this opens up longer distances and cruising rings for you
b) or take the family and have 2 boats for the same week
c) or try and rent out one week and use the other
d) or deposit a week with one of the exchange companies like RCI or Dial an exchange to use at a later date

If you cannot take 2 holidays in 2021 using your 2020 and 2021 allocations, we can be flexible and let you use your 2021 allocation in 2022.

We will always take government advice, but anticipate that all holidays from July onwards will go ahead if not from June.

Indeed, our Waterways remain a great option for those looking for time in the fresh air thats away from the hustle & bustle of crowded environments, or as places to visit whilst foreign holidays are restricted.

Please do not telephone this office just email us at [email protected] and we can check availability for you.

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As well as the benefits of Classic Narrow Boats we are now able to offer you enhanced cruising through our association with ABC Boat Management.

Swap your Classic Narrowboat week for a week on a Canal Boat Club boat for an exchange fee of £50. This will enable you to cruise from 8 marinas across the country releasing up additional cruising routes for your enjoyment.

You can exchange your week in any particular year into a Canal Boat Club 4 or 6 berth boat although your ownership will remain with Classic Narrowboats. The exchange fee is payable each time you want to make an exchange.

Please email [email protected] or ring the Abacus office on 01395 443363 for availability .

Canal Boat Club operates from 8 marinas:

Aldermaston Wharf in Berkshire where you can cruise the Eastern end of the Kennet and Avon canal as well as accessing the River Thames (subject to a license fee).

Alvechurch Marina in Worcestershire which is at the heart of an extremely varied canal network linking to places such as Birmingham, Stratford upon Avon and Stourport.

Anderton Marina which is ideally located for exploring the North West of England for cruising the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Cheshire Ring.

Blackwater Meadow Marina situated close to Ellsmere Arm on the Llangollen canal, offering scenic beauty and breath taking engineering.

Gayton Marina in Northamptonshire where the routes are typified by rolling arable landscapes, rural countryside passing through hills, wooded country and villages.

Hilperton Marina which allows you to explore the Western end of the Kennet and Avon canal with its natural beauty and wildlife as well as access to Bristol and Bath.

Union Wharf which is located in the attractive and historic market town of Market Harborough. The wharf is at the terminus of the canal close to Foxton Locks and the Famous incline plane.

Worcester Marina which is located on the Worcester and Birmingham canal in the centre of Worcester with varied routes including the recently re-opened Droitwich Canals.



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Download the latest letter from ABC Leisure Group here for more information.

Download the 2016 Classic newsletter here.

Download the November 2016 Classic newsletter here.


The boats will be moored at Alvechurch and Gayton marinas.

Alvechurch in Worcestershire and Gayton Marina is in Northamptonshire.

See Alvechurch routes here (opens in new window, courtesy of Canalboat Club)

See Gayton routes here (opens in new window, courtesy of Canalboat Club)



The boats will be moored at Anderton and Blackwater Meadowmarinas.

Anderton in Cheshire and Blackwater Meadow Marina is in Shropshire.

See Anderton routes here (opens in new window, courtesy of Canalboat Club)

See Blackewater Meadow routes here (opens in new window, courtesy of Canalboat Club)



Portia- An 8 berth boat based at Gayton.


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The 8 Berth Layout
The Portia 8 Berth Layout


Cymbeline - An 8 berth boat based at Alvechurch.


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The 8 Berth Layout
The Cymbeline 8 Berth Layout


Ophelia - A 6 berth boat based at Alvechurch.

Malvolio - A 6 berth boat based at Gayton.

Titania - A 6 berth boat based at Gayton.

Much A Do - A 6 berth boat based at Gayton.


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The 6 Berth Layouts
The Ophelia and Malvolio 6 Berth Layout


We hope that you will have many happy holidays with Classic Narrowboats and Classic Cruisers now that they are being run by ABC Leisure Group.



Email us for further information [email protected]


Abacus Reservations Ltd, PO Box 57, Budleigh Salterton. Devon. EX9 7ZN

01395 443363