The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered narrowboat holiday taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases across England and Wales.
Tim Parker, Chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, says:
“Once again, we are absolutely delighted with the response to our National Open Day, with close to 5,000 people visiting our 19 events across England and Wales, and over 3,800 of those enjoying a free mini boat trip.
“The lovely spring weather helped draw people to the water, plus the profile of canals continues to be boosted with TV programmes like ‘Celebrity Carry on Barging’ and ‘Great Canal Journeys’.
“It’s absolutely vital that we attract newcomers to the canals with taster events like these, so that more people discover the joys of a canal boat holiday and the beauty of our inland waterways. We hope the thousands of people who visited our open day events come back to the canals again soon.
“Our open days with free boat trips are only once a year, but we are always happy to see people at our boatyards to chat about boats, routes and holidays.
“And if you attended one of our events, thank you for coming along and please do post a photo of your trip on our Facebook page for the chance to win a day afloat”
We will soon be announcing the date of next year’s National Open Day. Watch out for details here on our website.