canal boat holidays

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 […]

Get the family afloat this summer

Posted by on April 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore mile upon mile of traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. All our operators provide hirers with life jackets and boat steering tuition. Bikes […]

Visit a National Trust property on your canal boat holiday

Posted by on March 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

There are dozens of National Trust properties within easy reach of our canals and rivers, making them great places to stop-off at on your narrowboat holiday. We’ve put together a list of our top 10, together with Drifters’ nearest canal boat hire base: The Rock Houses at Kinver Edge on the Staffs & Worcester Canal…Kinver’s […]

Culture on the Canals

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

There are dozens of fantastic art and historic centres on or very close to Britain’s 3,000 mile canal and river network. We’ve put together a list of our top five cultural destinations to head for on your narrowboat holiday, together with our nearest canal boat hire base. ***The Swan Theatre in Stratford…Drifters’ base at Wootton […]

BANK HOLIDAY BOATING – Our top 10 short breaks

Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

With two bank holidays on the horizon, we’ve put together an inspirational list of our top ten short break canal boat holidays: Enjoy the Pennines afloat…from our base at Sowerby Bridge on the junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation, a trip to historic Todmorden is the perfect short break destination.  Climbing […]

Year of the Snake

Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Year of the Snake Chinese New Year will be celebrated by a third of the world’s population on Sunday (10 February) and this year is the year of the Snake. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of serpent-related canal boat holiday destinations: Look out for our native grass snake…from April to September, narrowboat holiday-makers […]