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Christmas & New Year

Covid Secure Holidays

  • We are fully open and offering luxury self-contained accommodation.
  • You can book with confidence: our Covid Policy means we will transfer your holiday to another date free of charge, should government restrictions return.
  • We have ‘Good to Go’ certification, meaning we have rigorous hygiene and cleaning systems in place to ensure your holiday is as safe as possible.

Beacon Park Boats is our family business, offering 5-star boating holidays on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. See what we've done to achieve the 'Good To Go' industry standard mark which helps to keep everyone safe. Each narrowboat is self-contained with everything you need so you can holiday without getting close to anyone else. Take a look inside our narrowboats.


Hire a Skipper for your holiday

NEW for 2021. Your very own skipper offering as much (or as little) boating assistance as you'd like, to enhance your canal holiday. Need help with locks or mooring? Like an extra pair of hands on deck? Find out more >


Fleet of 20 narrowboats: all 5-star

20 highly-individual luxury canal boats sleeping from 2 to 8 people. Take a self-drive cruise through the Brecon Beacons National Park from March to October or choose a permanently-moored houseboat holiday from November to March.

5-star eco-friendly hybrid narrowboat Coot

Reduce your carbon footprint while enjoying a deluxe holiday on 5-star Coot - the UK's first hybrid-electric holiday narrowboat.

We Are Open For Christmas

We have had a great season at Beacon Park Boats in 2021.  We launched our longest boat, Falcon, and she proved to be a huge success, cruising the entire length of the canal, including the latest stretch to open to Five Locks in the South.  We have had fantastic customer feedback from all our narrowboats and have loved seeing your happy holiday pictures.  We have also most enjoyed meeting all our fabulous customers, most of which have rebooked already for 2022, a big thank you!

The day boats have been fully booked all summer, and the eight-seaters continue to be available throughout autumn and the winter months.  As the leaves sink the canal will turn crystal clear, and you can take in the changing colours and vistas across to the distant, sometimes snow-sprinkled mountains.

To end the year with a bang, we have decided to OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS! The canal is fully open allowing you to cruise the canal's entire length at your leisure. It's the first time in 20 years that we have been able to open for the Festive Season.  All boats will be festively decorated, with a bottle of chilling prosecco to get the celebrations underway.  

We have ten boats to choose from, though some are already booked. They all have central heating and hot water; some have log burners and chimneys for Santa to come down (though we hear he is pretty resourceful on boats without real fires).  All our boats are dog friendly and all kitchens are fully equipped to cook your Christmas dinner.

We have boats that can sleep groups of two to eight people; book more than one boat, and you can bring your whole Christmas party to Wales! You can choose from two dates: The Christmas break runs from Monday 20th December until 27th December, and the New Year break runs from Monday 27th December until 3rd January.

As we are law-abiding citizens, we encourage our customers to stay safe and not drink-drive. Moor instead outside your favourite pub, have a drink and a short walk home.

We still have our two-berth boats, Wren, Hobby, and kingfisher and bigger berth boats, Merlin, Mallard, Condor, and Falcon, available for both dates, the 20th, and 27th December. Pop along to our website at to see up-to-date information.

Last year, we were all told to stay at home with government restrictions; this year, we have the fantastic opportunity, whilst still staying safe, to cruise the canal at the quietest, and some would say, most peaceful and scenic time of year.

Should the government decide that we have to stay at home again, no worries, we will refund you your money.


'The Bentley of barges' says rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards

Sir Gareth Edwards, one of the greatest rugby players ever, took a short break with his wife, Maureen, on our narrow boat Harrier in summer 2019. During their holiday, which was filmed for a BBC series, Gareth describes Beacon Park Boats as 'The Bentley of Barges'! Watch his video.taken from his BBC film on welsh canals


New to boating?

No experience is needed as our narrowboats are simple to handle. We'll send you an instructional DVD and there's a detailed handover before you set off on your cruise. The hardest task is choosing a boat!

Rave Reviews for Beacon Park Boats in Waterways World Magazine

Waterways World has described our boats as "something special" and "very different from normal holiday boats."  

Read all about it on our blog page

Spectacular part of Wales

Considered to be Britain’s most picturesque waterway, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal (known locally as the Mon and Brec) is in rural Wales, yet close to road and rail links. Situated within the Brecon Beacons National Park and Blaenavon World Heritage Site, it's rich in heritage and wildlife, with endless things to see and do along the route.

Locks or lock-free?

Taking your boat through the six locks on the Mon & Brec canal is exciting. Everyone on board can get involved, including children. If you’d rather a lock-free holiday the Mon & Brec is a perfect choice; you can spend a week cruising a 25-mile stretch without having to operate a single lock. Take a look at our suggested itineraries for short breaks and longer holidays.



Remember this holiday is not just about you; it's also perfect for your dog! We allow up to 2 dogs per boat without a charge and provide you with a dog towel for that unexpected swimming lesson. The path alongside the canal is in excellent condition making dog walking a pleasure. 

Watch our video

This 3 minute video gives you a taste of our canal holidays on one of our luxury boats within the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.
Simply click on the photograph to the left.