canal boat holidays

Top 10 reasons to take a canal boat holiday

Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

1. It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, stress levels are immediately reduced on a narrowboat holiday and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over 2. Freedom to explore – the majority of our inland […]

Canal boat holidays are great for pets

Posted by on June 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Canal boat holidays are perfect for dogs, with plenty of towpath walks, dog-friendly canalside pubs and other dogs to meet along the way. And as well as hundreds of dogs, Drifters canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their floating holiday homes, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, a goldfish and […]

Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit historic waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers a huge range of family canal boat holidays, with school summer holiday prices starting at £635 for a […]

Drifters’ top 5 canalside pubs

Posted by on May 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

There are hundreds of lovely waterside pubs across the canal network but we’ve put together a list of our top 10: 1. The George at Bathampton is on the Kennet & Avon Canal just half an hour by boat from our canal boat hire base at Bath and two-and-a-half hours from Bradford on Avon. Once […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

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 day boat hire from ten of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal […]

Tim & Pru make ‘Grand Canal Journeys’

Posted by on March 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Often aboard Drifters’ boats, actors and national treasures Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in a new four-part canal adventure TV series on More4. Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, ‘Grand Canal Journeys’, which starts next Monday, follows these narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden […]

Top 10 short breaks

Posted by on March 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

With two bank holidays in May on the horizon, we’ve put together our top 10 short break canal boat holidays to help you plan your bank holiday afloat. 1. Experience the World Heritage City of Bath…Bath City centre with its fabulous Georgian architecture, is a delightful seven-hour cruise from our base at Bradford on Avon on […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day floating along a canal or river, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from nine of its bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included […]

Spend Valentine’s Day Afloat

Posted by on January 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising and romantic boats for two, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own love boat. Once afloat, cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off at historic country pubs with roaring log fires. Our boats are fully equipped with all […]

New ‘getting started’ film for boaters

Posted by on December 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

We’ve worked with The Canal & River Trust (CRT) to produce a new training film to show new canal boat holiday-makers the ropes. It’s a companion to the popular Boaters’ Handbook and contains lots of ‘getting started’ tips for narrowboat hirers and new boat owners, as well as important reminders to old hands about how […]