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New ‘getting started’ film for boaters

December 10, 2013

We’ve worked with The Canal & River Trust (CRT) to produce a new training film to show new canal boat holiday-makers the ropes. It’s a companion to the popular Boaters’ Handbook and contains lots of ‘getting started’ tips for narrowboat hirers and new boat owners, as well as important reminders to old hands about how […]

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Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2014

November 15, 2013

1. Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday…in 2014 it will be 450 years since the birth of the Bard and 50 years since the reopening of the Stratford Canal. It’s a picturesque six-hour cruise to Stratford upon Avon along the Stratford Canal from our base at Wootton Wawen, near Henley in Arden. Boaters can moor up in […]

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Celebrate Christmas on the canals

November 4, 2013

Britain’s canals offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter canal boat holidays, giving boaters the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, and wake-up to frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Whether it’s a snug boat […]

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Visit a bonfire night event afloat

October 22, 2013

    Some of our bases offer winter cruising and the opportunity to visit a waterside fireworks display afloat. All our boats have central heating and some also have multi-fuel stoves. So, whatever the weather, it’s always nice and cosy on board. Prices start at £385 for a short break (three or four nights) on […]

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Winter canal boat holidays

October 7, 2013

Winter cruising on Britain’s beautiful canal network offers the chance to enjoy the quiet calm of the countryside, cosy evenings afloat, waterside pubs with roaring log fires, frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. All our boats have central heating, hot water, televisions and DVD players. Some also have multi-fuel stoves. So, whatever the weather, it’s always nice […]

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Visit a spooky attraction by canal boat this Halloween

September 26, 2013

From haunted castles and witch burning to bat forests and ghost walks, there are plenty of half term spooky goings-on in Britain’s canalside towns and cities. Here are our top five spooky destinations for the October half term holiday: 1. Visit the Haunted Castle…experience Warwick Castle at night and some special goulish goings-on as part of […]

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Take a spooky canal boat holiday this Halloween

September 17, 2013

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with bats and frogs aplenty, creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween afloat. Drifters’ Halloween canal boat hire prices start at £489 for a short break and £750 for a week on a four berth. […]

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Why are boating holidays so special?

September 4, 2013

In July we sent our newsletter subscribers a short survey and asked why canal boat holidays are so special. Well done to 97% of respondents who correctly said ‘No’, you don’t need a licence to drive a canal boat. The same number of people said they think narrowboat holidays are good for families and 96% said […]

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Top 10 places to picnic on the canals

August 15, 2013

Whether you are enjoying a canal boat holiday, or just planning a day out by the water, when the weather is good, it’s lovely to picnic by the water. Here are some of our favourite canalside picnic spots, all perfect for watching the boats go by: 1. Tring Reservoirs, alongside the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire, […]

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Spend August Bank Holiday Afloat

August 1, 2013

Canal boat holidays are great for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together, work the locks, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Our August bank holiday weekend canal boat hire prices start at £585 for a short break (three or four nights) on a boat for […]

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