canal boat holidays

Remember life before Pokemon Go

Posted by on June 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine Features Director, Claie Wilson recently took a Drifters holiday along the Kennet & Avon Canal, with husband James and sons Sam, 10, and Jake, seven. THE PAD – Despite being just 66ft long, our six-berth narrowboat called ‘Ross’s Gull’ is anything but cramped, with two – yes, two – bathrooms, a […]

Celebrate National Parks Week Afloat

Posted by on June 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Taking a canal boat holiday is a great way to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph, it’s easy to unwind and take in the scenery. To celebrate National Parks Week (24-30 July), we’ve put together our Top 3 National Park canal boat holidays: […]

Drifters Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on May 31, 2017 at 5:48 am

Narrowboat holidays are great for families – giving the chance to set off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spot wildlife and explore waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 30, 2017 at 10:48 am

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 now offer day boat hire at 18 of our bases.  Full tuition is included so if you are new canal boating, we’ll help you […]

Top 5 half term holidays afloat

Posted by on May 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

Canal boat holidays are great for families – take off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a licence.  […]

Over 3,800 people got afloat at our National Open Day

Posted by on April 27, 2017 at 9:28 am

Here at Drifters we are delighted to announce that over 3,800 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip at one of our open day events held on Sunday 23 April 2017. The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered narrowboat holiday taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases […]

The first thing you notice is the quiet

Posted by on April 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Trevor Davies recently reviewed his Drifters canal boat holiday in the Daily Mirror (8 April 2017), setting off from our canal boat hire base Barnoldswick on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. I always fancied walking the Pennine Way but when I looked into it, I realised that was perhaps a bit ambitious. And then I […]

A peaceful escape afloat

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

Steve Newman recently wrote about his narrowboat holiday, departing from our Falkirk canal boat hire base on the Scottish Lowland canals, in Horse & Countryside Magazine… I’ve often used the expression ‘I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole’, so when the day came that one was thrust into my hands and I was told […]

Top 7 Easter Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way.   Here are our top six destinations for Easter 2017: Visit […]

Drifters’ Top 5 Literary Escapes Afloat

Posted by on February 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

VisitEngland has declared 2017 as the “Year of Literary Heroes” – recognising the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, and other publishing phenomena that have helped put England on the map. To celebrate, we’ve put together our Top 5 Literary escapes afloat: Explore Ted Hughes’ Calderdale by […]