narrowboat holidays

Winter canal boat holidays

Posted by on October 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Winter cruising on Britain’s beautiful canal network offers the chance to enjoy the quiet calm of the countryside, cosy evenings afloat, waterside pubs with roaring log fires, frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. All our boats have central heating, hot water, televisions and DVD players. Some also have multi-fuel stoves. So, whatever the weather, it’s always nice […]

Visit a spooky attraction by canal boat this Halloween

Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

From haunted castles and witch burning to bat forests and ghost walks, there are plenty of half term spooky goings-on in Britain’s canalside towns and cities. Here are our top five spooky destinations for the October half term holiday: 1. Visit the Haunted Castle…experience Warwick Castle at night and some special goulish goings-on as part of […]

Take a spooky canal boat holiday this Halloween

Posted by on September 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with bats and frogs aplenty, creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween afloat. Drifters’ Halloween canal boat hire prices start at £489 for a short break and £750 for a week on a four berth. […]

Why are boating holidays so special?

Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

In July we sent our newsletter subscribers a short survey and asked why canal boat holidays are so special. Well done to 97% of respondents who correctly said ‘No’, you don’t need a licence to drive a canal boat. The same number of people said they think narrowboat holidays are good for families and 96% said […]

Top 10 places to picnic on the canals

Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Whether you are enjoying a canal boat holiday, or just planning a day out by the water, when the weather is good, it’s lovely to picnic by the water. Here are some of our favourite canalside picnic spots, all perfect for watching the boats go by: 1. Tring Reservoirs, alongside the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire, […]

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 […]