narrowboat holidays

Just the tonic for a young family

Posted by on August 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Lydia Gard recently wrote about her canal boat holiday with Drifters in House & Garden Magazine: According to the Water Rat in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, ‘There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boat.’ As a family of sailors – from dinghies to […]

Autumnal Canal Cruising in Worcestershire – it’s a lovely vibe

Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

Go with the flow – step on to a narrowboat and your stresses will melt away like the ripples on the water… wrote Anna Selby in ‘Take A Break’ Magazine earlier this year, following an autumn holiday with Drifters’ member Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays.  Here’s the rest of her article: Picture a rural scene – […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on a summer holiday adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers the choice of over 580 boats from 45 bases across England, Wales and Scotland. All our operators […]

A Slow Boat to Yorkshire

Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

A canal boat holiday offers a different pace of life, says Jaymi McCann in her article in the Sunday Express, published 22 May 2016: LEANING on the lock, I take in the peace of the timeless Yorkshire countryside. I’m on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, celebrating its 200th anniversary. Carving through the southern edge of […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

‘Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. 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 offer […]

Let the stresses of 21st century life float away

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

Savvas Eleftheriades wrote about his holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal in the Daily Mirror, published 7 April 2016. Find out how he and his family discovered a simpler way of life after casting off their electronic gadgets… I wish I’d filmed my childrens’ faces as I outlined our holiday plans. “So, we are […]

Top 5 Luxury Canal Boats for Hire

Posted by on May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and unprecedented numbers of people are visiting and holidaying on our canals. The popularity of boating has been fuelled by the waterway renaissance which has swept across the UK, and by the standard of accommodation now […]