narrowboat holidays

Celebrate Christmas Afloat

Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

A canal boat holiday offers a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving you the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, trips to waterside pubs with roaring log fires, frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Our narrowboats are fully equipped with […]

FILMS MADE ON THE CANALS…take a canal boat holiday and follow in the wake of the stars!

Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. To celebrate this, Drifters Waterway Holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) has put together a list of some of its favourite waterway starring moments and listed the closest canal boat hire bases: • The World […]

Ten good reasons to take a canal boat holiday.

Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

  It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, on a narrowboat holiday stress levels are immediately reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over. Freedom – across the majority of our 3,000-mile inland waterways […]

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 […]