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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

May 1, 2014

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. We offer day boat hire from ten of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal […]

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Tim & Pru make ‘Grand Canal Journeys’

March 6, 2014

Often aboard Drifters’ boats, actors and national treasures Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in a new four-part canal adventure TV series on More4. Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, ‘Grand Canal Journeys’, which starts next Monday, follows these narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden […]

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Top 10 short breaks

March 4, 2014

With two bank holidays in May on the horizon, we’ve put together our top 10 short break canal boat holidays to help you plan your bank holiday afloat. 1. Experience the World Heritage City of Bath…Bath City centre with its fabulous Georgian architecture, is a delightful seven-hour cruise from our base at Bradford on Avon on […]

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Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

February 10, 2014

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day floating along a canal or river, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from nine of its bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included […]

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Take a Canal Boat Holiday this Easter

February 3, 2014

Easter is a great time of year to take to the water and watch the countryside bursting back to life – with newborn lambs, spring flowers and hedgerows buzzing with busy birds. Many canalside attractions, like Cadbury’s World near Birmingham and the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, will be hosting special Easter events, so why […]

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Take to the canals for half term

January 17, 2014

A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving families the chance to get afloat in the February half term holidays. Narrowboat holidays are fantastic for families – setting off on an adventure together, learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and […]

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Spend Valentine’s Day Afloat

January 8, 2014

A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising and romantic boats for two, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own love boat. Once afloat, cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off at historic country pubs with roaring log fires. Our boats are fully equipped with all […]

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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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