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Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

February 12, 2015

Why not spoil the hard-working Mum in your life with a relaxing day on the water, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. We offer day boat hire at 12 of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal boating can […]

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John Sargeant takes to the canals on ITV1

February 3, 2015

In a new eight-part ITV1 series Barging Around Britain, John Sergeant sets off on a voyage along Britain’s canals, exploring their extraordinary stories. Drifters operators were involved in the making of the series, including: Shire Cruisers on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation; Black Prince on the Grand Union, Trent & […]

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Hire a love boat for Valentine’s Day

January 30, 2015

Cosy double berths, frosty towpaths and quiet moorings make canals the perfect Romantic hideaway and a number of our bases offer winter cruising, giving couples the chance to escape aboard their very own ‘love boat’ for Valentine’s Day. Once afloat, cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off at historic country pubs with roaring log fires. […]

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Top 10 canal & river events in 2015

January 7, 2015

Britain’s canals and rivers host hundreds of exciting events each year, bringing people to the waterways and celebrating the things that make them special. Here’s our pick of the best events to head for in 2015: 1. Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, 23-25 May 2015…over 200 exhibitors will gather at Crick Marina on the […]

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Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

January 3, 2015

A brand new series for ITV celebrates some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. Julia Bradbury embarks on a stunning 12,000-mile journey around the country to some of Britain’s most spectacular locations and chooses some of the greatest […]

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Celebrate the Worcester & Birmingham Canal’s Bicentenary

December 1, 2014

…travel along this beautiful historic waterway, from the cathedral City of Worcester, through the green hills of Worcestershire to the vibrant centre of Birmingham In 2015 it will be 200 years since the Worcester & Birmingham Canal opened. This popular 29-mile long historic waterway starts in Worcester as an off-shoot of the River Severn, and […]

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Try canal boating for free at Drifters National Open Day Event

November 18, 2014

On Sunday 19 April 2015, Drifters is offering people the chance to try canal boating at 22 of its narrowboat hire bases across England and Wales. The free taster sessions, which are supported by the Canal & River Trust, will include boat tours, holiday discounts and free trips on skippered boats. Details of what each site […]

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Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

November 5, 2014

Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network offers a huge variety of canal boat holiday routes, from easy short breaks with no locks through to epic journeys around cruising rings, which take weeks and involve a lot of locks! Weekly hire in 2015 starts at £480 and Drifters operators usually offer discounts on the second week of hire. […]

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Celebrate Christmas on the Canals

October 20, 2014

Britain’s canals can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Six 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, and wake-up to frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Whether it’s a snug […]

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Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2015

September 30, 2014

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph, a canal boat holiday really is the fastest way to slow down. There are over 3,000 miles of peaceful canals and rivers to explore across Britain – from rural retreats to vibrant city centres. Drifters offers over 500 boats for hire from 37 canal boat hire locations […]

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