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Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

January 25, 2016

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. We offer day boat hire from 11 of our bases, with prices starting at less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so […]

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Top 8 canal events in 2016

January 18, 2016

Britain’s canals and rivers host hundreds of exciting events each year, bringing people to the waterways and celebrating all the things that make them special. Here’s our pick of the best events in 2016: 1. Crick Boat Show, 28-30 May 2016…over 200 exhibitors will gather at Crick Marina on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union […]

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Top 6 Romantic Destinations Afloat

January 11, 2016

Cosy double berths, frosty towpaths and quiet moorings make canals the perfect Romantic hideaway. We offer winter cruising and romantic boats for two from a number of our bases, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’. Once afloat, lovers can cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off […]

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Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2016

December 29, 2015

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph and over 3,000 miles of navigable peaceful inland waterways to explore across Britain, canal boat holidays really are the fastest way to slow down. From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home and base to explore. […]

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Discovering a more tranquil way of life

December 11, 2015

Cheryl Roberts recently wrote about her Drifters holiday on the Llangollen Canal in Club Life Magazine – finding life on the water relaxing, surprisingly luxurious and a little magical… Setting off In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside, there is a piece of architecture ranked by UNESCO as a wonder on a […]

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Getting the hang of it on the Llangollen

November 19, 2015

Amber Graafland wrote about her first narrowboat holiday in the Daily Mirror, published 17 October 2015: After an Acme course in canal cruising and narrowboat maintenance Mark, the man from Drifters boat hire base, asked: “Any questions?” Trying to sound nonchalant, I replied: “Er, how do we know if we’re going too fast?” With a […]

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Shire Cruisers Highly Commended in Yorkshire Tourism Awards

November 11, 2015

Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers was given special recognition at Yorkshire Tourism’s White Rose Awards on 9 November, being ‘Highly Commended’ under the ‘Self-catering’ category. The awards are the biggest tourism awards in the UK and have been recognising tourism stars for more than 25 years Shire Cruisers was one of nearly 100 businesses – and […]

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Celebrate Christmas Afloat

November 2, 2015

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and traditional pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Eight of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, […]

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Oxford on a narrowboat

October 13, 2015

Evlin Kazancel, 33, from north London, had a UK weekend away with a difference. Her article about her trip was published in Chat Magazine, 6 August 2015: A few friends and I floated away for a long, idyllic weekend on the water… Where to stay? On board, of course! We picked up our four-berth narrowboat […]

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The perfect introduction

September 29, 2015

Earlier this year, Countryman editor Mark Whitley celebrated the renaissance of Britain’s canal network by taking a canal boat holiday with Drifters on the Llangollen Canal.  Here’s his account: The Industrial Revolution dramatically changed the landscape of Britain, and central to this was the development of canal network. Between 1760 and 1830 over a thousand […]

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