boating

Spend August Bank Holiday Afloat

Posted by on August 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

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 […]

Enjoy a festival afloat this summer

Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

   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 […]

Top 20 Canal Boat Names

Posted by on June 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

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. […]

Celebrity Canal Boaters

Posted by on June 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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 […]

Visit a castle on your next canal boat holiday

Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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 […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on April 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  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 […]

FILMS MADE ON THE CANALS…take a canal boat holiday and follow in the wake of the stars!

Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. To celebrate this, Drifters Waterway Holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) has put together a list of some of its favourite waterway starring moments and listed the closest canal boat hire bases: • The World […]

Enjoy the Breacon Beacons Afloat

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 1:30 am

The beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which celebrated its bicentenary this year, meanders its way through the Brecon Beacons National Park for 36 miles, offering a fantastic canal boat holiday. Isolated from the main canal network, the canal is quieter than others and arguably one of the most picturesque, with diverse scenery and glorious views […]

Visit Saltaire & The Hockney Gallery by canal boat

Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

You can easily reach Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating model town at Saltaire in West Yorkshire on a week’s narrowboat holiday from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge. Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford, was founded by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the woollen industry in 1851. […]

A two hundred year old canal

Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It is quite hard for us to imagine what life must have been like two hundred years ago. There were few roads – only muddy tracks. No railways, either. So, when the Industrial Revolution started, the real problem facing those who wanted to take advantage of it was how to move the raw materials from […]