canal boat holidays

Celebrate the Brindley 300

Posted by on March 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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 […]

Top 5 Easter Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on March 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

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 […]

Now that’s what I call a holiday

Posted by on February 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

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 […]

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. […]