Willow Wren Training is Closing!

Nelson's Wharf

Willow Wren Training was formed in 1994 and acquired by the present owners in 2010. The time has come for the owners to retire and the business will close at the end of May 2022. No new bookings will be taken from now on. (See below for alternative training providers).

Be assured:

  • All Bookings currently in the system will be delivered as normal. We will not let anyone down.
  • All Gift Vouchers will be honoured if they can be taken before we close. Or by giving a full refund to the purchaser. Affected people have been contacted.
  • Everyone who has signed up for the VHF Interactive course who has complete their training will be given a test before we close in May if they are ready for the test. Affected people have been contacted.

Over the years, Willow Wren Training has helped many thousands of customers to improve their boating skills and we are very proud to feel that we will have made a difference to the UK inland waterways community. It is therefore with sadness that we have decided to close the business, but everyone reaches a stage in their lives where it is time to take things easier, and the family who own the business still have work to do at their base at Nelson's Wharf in Warwickshire.

After the end of May 2022, the phone will be turned off and it will not be possible to leave voicemails. Please contact us at wwt@willowwrentraining.co.uk. The email address will remain active for some time and will be checked regularly.

This may not be the end for Willow Wren Training as a business. We have had more than one enquiry to carry on the name but on a smaller scale. If this happens then you can be sure we will help the new owners to maintain the standard that we have set over the years.

We would like to thank the many thousands of past customers, especially those that we casually referred to as “Repeat Offenders”. These are people who once they found out how valuable the training was, decided to return for more training in other disciplines.

We would also like to thank both customers, supporters and even our competitors who, over the years, have lavished thousands of great compliments on our business and on our instructors. To the one person who gave us a bad review, even though he had not taken any training with us, then we say, “You cannot be right and all the other people be so wrong”. OR “Up yours Sir”.

Thank you all.
Steve and Izzie Vaughan


Recommended Alternative Training Providers:

RYA Training Providers: Wheres My Nearest Sailing Club or Training Centre | Where's my nearest | RYA

Providers close to Willow Wren Training location:

Watercraft: Watercraft Training

Narrowboat Skills Centre: Narrowboat Skills Centre Boat / Sailing Instructor in Leicester, UK (nbsc.org.uk)

River Training: Watercraft as above and Bisham Abbey Sailing School: Bisham Abbey Sailing School

Boatmaster Ancillary Training providers: BML approved training providers (ATP) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Along with honouring the Gift Vouchers, the centre will remain open for VHF Interactive Tests and we will keep the Video Tutorials Live until the domain expires.