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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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Enjoy a festival afloat this summer

July 9, 2013

   A series of exciting canalside events are taking place over the summer holidays, so enjoy some festival fun afloat on your next canal boat holiday.   From small-scale village festivals to world-class city attractions, here are our top five: The Llangollen Eisteddfod, 9-14 July The International Musical Eisteddfod at Llangollen on the Llangollen Canal is […]

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Top 20 Canal Boat Names

June 20, 2013

With the help of the Canal & River Trust, Drifters has gathered a list of the top 20 most popular canal boat names: 1. Kingfisher 2. Dragonfly 3. Phoenix 4. Willow 5. Merlin 6. Poppy 7. Serenity 8. Tranquility 9. Serendipity 10. Sapphire  11. Dreamcatcher 12. Free Spirit 13. Blue Moon 14. Freedom 15. Narrow Escape 16. Grace 17. Bluebell 18. […]

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Celebrity Canal Boaters

June 11, 2013

Over a quarter of a million people enjoy canal boating every year on Britain’s peaceful network of canal and rivers, including a number of celebrities. Last month, the BBC’s outdoor girl Julia Bradbury enjoyed a trip on a canal boat at the Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival. Julia said:“I thoroughly enjoyed exploring some of […]

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Visit a castle on your next canal boat holiday

May 16, 2013

Narrowboat holidays are a great way to sightsee and there are hundreds of top historic attractions on, or close to, Britain’s 3,000-mile canal network. We’ve listed of our top five favourite canalside castles to visit on your next holiday afloat, together with our nearest canal boat hire base.   Warwick Castle on the River Avon…said to be […]

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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

April 18, 2013

  Pubs and boats – sound like a good combination for a Father’s Day treat? Most Dads would agree there’s nothing quite like messing about in boats, so why not hire a canal boat for the day and plan a visit to a pub along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire at nine of […]

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Get the family afloat this summer

April 3, 2013

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore mile upon mile of traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. All our operators provide hirers with life jackets and boat steering tuition. Bikes […]

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