boating holidays

Watch out for Wildlife

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 12:20 am

Britain’s canals and rivers have become important havens for wildlife so canal boat holidays are great for anyone interested in nature. Many kinds of animals live on the canals, from common sights such as ducks, coots, geese, swans and moorhens, to rarer creatures like otters, kingfishers and water voles. On a narrowboat holiday, as you […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on September 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Top of the Rings Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys which travel along several different waterways and take in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with long flights of locks and deep tunnels to negotiate.  While others, like the new Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for […]

Visit the Stone Festival on your narrowboat holiday

Posted by on September 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

This year, the north Staffordshire market town of Stone on the Trent & Mersey Canal will host its annual Stone Food & Drink Festival from 5 to 7 October, celebrating all things gastronomic. The festival features a range of themed gourmet marquees, a Real Ale Trail, demonstrations by top chefs, a special two-day farmers’ market, […]

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 […]