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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

May 24, 2016

‘Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a fun day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. We offer […]

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Let the stresses of 21st century life float away

May 24, 2016

Savvas Eleftheriades wrote about his holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal in the Daily Mirror, published 7 April 2016. Find out how he and his family discovered a simpler way of life after casting off their electronic gadgets… I wish I’d filmed my childrens’ faces as I outlined our holiday plans. “So, we are […]

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Top 5 Luxury Canal Boats for Hire

May 18, 2016

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and unprecedented numbers of people are visiting and holidaying on our canals. The popularity of boating has been fuelled by the waterway renaissance which has swept across the UK, and by the standard of accommodation now […]

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Top 5 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

April 26, 2016

May is a great time to take to the water, with the British countryside bursting into life and many of our waterside towns and cities putting on special events over the bank holiday weekend. Our 2016 late May bank holiday (27-30 May) canal boat hire prices start at £625 for a short break (three or […]

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Open Day Attracts Record Numbers

April 19, 2016

Over 3,000 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip on Sunday 17 April 2016 as part of our National Open Day. The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases across England and Wales. Tim Parker, Chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, says: […]

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Top 6 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays

March 16, 2016

With the Leeds & Liverpool Canal celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and a new pop-up base established at Ashton-under-Lyne, we’ve put together our Top 6 Yorkshire holidays for 2016. 2016 prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £415 for a short break (three or four nights), £610 for a week on a boat for […]

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Drifters creates pop-up fleet at Ashton

March 15, 2016

Despite the serious damage to Yorkshire’s waterways as a result of the Boxing Day floods, Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers has started the season on time, with holidays beginning this week from both its Sowerby Bridge and Barnoldswick bases, plus a new pop-up fleet at Ashton-under-Lyne. Short break boaters travelling from Sowerby Bridge can enjoy the […]

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Celebrate the Brindley 300

March 8, 2016

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the pioneering canal engineer James Brindley. Brindley was responsible for eight waterways, stretching 360 miles, including the Bridgewater Canal, the first of the industrial age. Born in 1716, the son of hill farmers near Buxton, at the age of 17 Brindley was apprenticed to a […]

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Top 5 Easter Canal Boat Holidays

March 1, 2016

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Our Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four […]

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Now that’s what I call a holiday

February 26, 2016

Royal Sun photographer Arthur Edwards describes his trip along the Mon & Brec with Drifters’ operator ABC, published in The Sun newspaper, 2 January 2016… We called ourselves the Ancient Mariners. Taking to the waters with my wife Ann and pals Chris and Maureen we had an average age of 70. But despite our advanced […]

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