boating holidays

Take a spooky canal boat holiday this Halloween

Posted by on September 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with bats and frogs aplenty, plus creepy tunnels, spooky locks, misty towpaths and thousands of historic buildings along the way, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween afloat. Here are someof the spookiest places to go on a narrowboat holiday: The Shropshire […]

Visit Birmingham’s Book Festival Afloat

Posted by on September 7, 2012 at 1:06 am

Birmingham’s 14th Book Festival takes place 4-13 October 2012 and hosts events across the city.  Events will include: a Pop-Up Bookshop in the city’s Central Library; an all night writing workshop in the Black Country Living Museum; and a sermon by Jackie Kay in Birmingham’s Cathedral. With more canals than Venice, hiring a narrowboat is […]

Visit the Saltaire Festival on your Canal Boat Holiday

Posted by on August 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The tenth Saltaire Festival (6-16 September 2012) promises ‘something for everyone to enjoy’ – from a Food & Drink Festival, Beer Festival, live music in the Piazza and the Yorkshire Food Fair, to a new garden trail, Morris dancers, films, exhibitions and performances by award-winning comedians Stuart Maconie and Anne Fine. You can easily reach […]

Seven Wonders of the Waterways

Posted by on July 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  Drifters canal boat holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) picks seven wonders of the waterways, together with their nearest canal boat hire bases. The first ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ was compiled half a century ago by Robert Aickman, co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association and published in his book Know Your Waterways. But Drifters’ list uses a […]

Take a Canal Boat Holiday to Birmingham

Posted by on July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Boasting more canals than Venice (56km to be precise), Birmingham is a popular destination for narrowboat holiday-makers, with plenty of visitor moorings available in heart of the city. The City’s key attractions include: The Mailbox and Bullring shopping centres; the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place; Cadbury World; Birmingham Science Museum; the Jewellery Quarter; Ikon […]

Hotel boats on the canals

Posted by on July 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hotel boating offers all the benefits of a relaxing cruise on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways, with the catering and navigating chores taken out of it. It’s the perfect antidote to busy jobs and frenetic lives, plus a great opportunity to make new friends. There are a variety hotel canal boat holidays to choose from, including […]

Pennine One-way trips – available all season

Posted by on June 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Drifters offers new one-way canal boat holidays Drifters Waterway Holiday bases at Stretton on the North Oxford Canal near Rugby and Stockton on the Grand Union Canal close to Braunston have teamed up to offer some new one-way trips in June and July. The collaboration gives narrowboat holiday-makers the chance to see more of the […]

Drifters attends Braunston Historic Boat Rally

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Drifters canal boat hire operator Rose Narrowboats will be at the 2012 Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival (23-24 June) showcasing its 60ft long, eight-berth boat Cascade. Over 80 historic boats will gather at this year’s Historic Boat Rally, held annually at Braunston Marina. The event, which raises money for the canals and local […]

Visit an Edinburgh Festival by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

Edinburgh, the world’s Festival City, is a delightful 12 hour cruise along the Union Canal from Drifters’ base at Falkirk. Once in Edinburgh, there are centrally located moorings in Edinburgh Quay, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street. So why not take a canal boat holiday this summer and enjoy an Edinburgh Festival at the […]

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 […]