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Great Canal Journeys returns to our screens

Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

On Sunday 15 March at 8pm, the second series of ‘Great Canal Journeys’ begins on Channel 4, starring self-confessed ‘canal nuts’ Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Last year, to mark their golden wedding anniversary, they let the world in on their secret and were filmed travelling along four different canals for the first series of […]

Top 5 Easter canal boat holidays

Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learn how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four nights) […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on February 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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 […]

John Sargeant takes to the canals on ITV1

Posted by on February 3, 2015 at 10:58 am

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 & […]

Hire a love boat for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

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. […]

Top 10 canal & river events in 2015

Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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 […]

Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

Posted by on January 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

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 […]

Celebrate the Worcester & Birmingham Canal’s Bicentenary

Posted by on December 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

…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 […]

Try canal boating for free at Drifters National Open Day Event

Posted by on November 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

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 […]

Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

Posted by on November 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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. […]