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Top 10 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

June 6, 2018

Travelling through the countryside and waterside towns and villages at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Drifters offers 590 narrowboats for hire from 47 bases across England, Scotland and Wales. Our summer holiday prices […]

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Spending time by the waterways makes you happier

May 23, 2018

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, has published research that shows spending time by the waterways can make you happier and improve your life satisfaction. ‘Assessing the wellbeing impacts of waterways usage in England and Wales’ reveals: • the associated benefits of visiting […]

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Drifters’ Top 10 Waterside Pubs

May 21, 2018

Hundreds of pubs can be found alongside Britain’s inland waterways, many of them historic rural locals offering the perfect place to eat, drink and relax on a canal boat holiday. With names like the Lock, the Navigation, the Narrowboat and Bridge, canalside pubs often date back to the construction of the canals over 200 years […]

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Get afloat for Father’s Day

May 11, 2018

  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. Drifters offers day boat hire from 18 canal boat hire yards, from less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so if […]

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Top 10 Canal Events in 2018

April 27, 2018

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. Waterway events make great destinations for canal boat holiday-makers, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 events for 2018, along with information on our nearest canal boat hire […]

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Top 5 bank holiday boating breaks

April 16, 2018

To celebrate the approaching May bank holiday holidays, Drifters has put together its top five short break narrowboat holidays: 1. See the pop-up art installations on the Droitwich Ring – as part of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts of the Waterways programme, the charity has commissioned artists to produce dynamic temporary artworks and live […]

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Travel the Mid-Worcestershire Ring and enjoy inspiring artworks along the way

March 15, 2018

From March, a series of events and art installations will take place to celebrate the 21-mile circle of historic waterways which make up the Mid-Worcestershire Ring. The route, which reopened seven years ago following the restoration of the Droitwich Canals, flows through the urban and rural landscapes of Worcester and Droitwich, via the Droitwich Canals, […]

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Drifters’ Top 5 new canal boats for hire in 2018

March 13, 2018

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and half a century after the 1968 Transport Act officially recognised Britain’s canal network as a major leisure resource, the popularity of canal boat holidays continues to increase. Today’s canal boats for hire are fully […]

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Treat your Mum to a relaxing day afloat

March 2, 2018

Celebrate Mother’s Day by treating your Mum to a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire at 18 boat yards, from less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal boating can get the hang of steering, […]

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Top 8 Easter destinations afloat

February 5, 2018

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. Drifters’ prices this Easter start at £495 for a short break […]

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