boating holidays

Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, where the colours are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including the arrival of flocks of fieldfare and redwing […]

Top 10 nautical phrases

Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

As we were once a great sea-faring nation, much of our everyday language is peppered with nautical references. We’ve put together our favourite everyday phrases with nautical origins to ‘Chew the Fat’ over on your next adventure afloat: 1. Barge in – barge has two nautical meanings: a flag officer’s boat; or a flat-bottomed workboat […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on a summer holiday adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers the choice of over 580 boats from 45 bases across England, Wales and Scotland. All our operators […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

‘Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. 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 […]

Top 5 Luxury Canal Boats for Hire

Posted by on May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and unprecedented numbers of people are visiting and holidaying on our canals. The popularity of boating has been fuelled by the waterway renaissance which has swept across the UK, and by the standard of accommodation now […]

Top 5 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

May is a great time to take to the water, with the British countryside bursting into life and many of our waterside towns and cities putting on special events over the bank holiday weekend. Our 2016 late May bank holiday (27-30 May) canal boat hire prices start at £625 for a short break (three or […]

Open Day Attracts Record Numbers

Posted by on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Over 3,000 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip on Sunday 17 April 2016 as part of our National Open Day. The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases across England and Wales. Tim Parker, Chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, says: […]