boating

We have 7 new bases for 2016

Posted by on February 24, 2016 at 3:10 pm

We’ve added seven new departure points to our canal boat hire offering, giving our customers booking narrowboat holidays in 2016 the choice of 45 starting points and 588 boats across England, Scotland and Wales. Kate Boats at Warwick, Union Canal Carriers at Braunston, Ashby Boats at Stoke Golding near Nuneaton, Valley Cruises at Stratford Upon Avon and Coventry Canal Basin, […]

Go with the flow

Posted by on February 15, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Anna Selby wrote about her holiday with Drifters’ member Black Prince in Take a Break Magazine, 1 February 2016: Step onto a narrowboat and your stresses will melt away like the ripples on the water… Picture a rural scene – wildlife, weeping willows, pretty country inns and gardens meandering down to the water’s edge, and […]

6 reasons to visit the K&A

Posted by on January 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

Kate from Chat Magazine recently reviewed her Drifters holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal – here’s what she had to say: 1. Learn a new skill! We’d never been on a boating holiday before but hire company Drifters helped us plan a simple route – from Bradford on Avon in Wilts to Bath in Somerset […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

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 […]

Top 8 canal events in 2016

Posted by on January 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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 […]

Top 6 Romantic Destinations Afloat

Posted by on January 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

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 […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2016

Posted by on December 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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. […]

Discovering a more tranquil way of life

Posted by on December 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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 […]

Getting the hang of it on the Llangollen

Posted by on November 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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 […]

Shire Cruisers Highly Commended in Yorkshire Tourism Awards

Posted by on November 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

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 […]