Short breaks

All aboard for autumn afloat on the canals

Posted by on August 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the vibrant colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways – dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including flocks of fieldfare and redwing searching for hawthorn berries, and wood […]

Top 5 August Bank Holiday Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on July 22, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Travelling through the countryside and waterside towns and villages at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Tuition is included as part of all our holiday packages. All our narrowboats have heating, well-equipped kitchens, quality […]

Why canal boat holidays are great for pets

Posted by on July 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

Canal boats provide a floating holiday home, so it’s possible to take all sorts of pets on the canals. And as well as hundreds of dogs each year, Drifters’ canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their canal boats, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, goldfish and tortoises. Here are our […]

Union Canal Carriers celebrates 50 years afloat

Posted by on June 25, 2018 at 8:08 am

Born in the dying days of the canal boat carrying trade on the Grand Union and Oxford Canals at Braunston, and in the year that Barbara Castle’s 1968 Transport Act officially recognised the nation’s canals as a leisure resource, Drifters’ member Union Canal Carriers helped pioneer narrow boating for pleasure. The family-run narrowboat hire firm […]

Top 10 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Travelling through the countryside and waterside towns and villages at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Drifters offers 590 narrowboats for hire from 47 bases across England, Scotland and Wales. Our summer holiday prices […]

Drifters’ Top 10 Waterside Pubs

Posted by on May 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Hundreds of pubs can be found alongside Britain’s inland waterways, many of them historic rural locals offering the perfect place to eat, drink and relax on a canal boat holiday. With names like the Lock, the Navigation, the Narrowboat and Bridge, canalside pubs often date back to the construction of the canals over 200 years […]

Top 10 Canal Events in 2018

Posted by on April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

Britain’s canals and rivers host hundreds of exciting events each year, bringing people to the waterways and celebrating the things that make them special. Waterway events make great destinations for canal boat holiday-makers, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 events for 2018, along with information on our nearest canal boat hire […]

Top 5 bank holiday boating breaks

Posted by on April 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

To celebrate the approaching May bank holiday holidays, Drifters has put together its top five short break narrowboat holidays: 1. See the pop-up art installations on the Droitwich Ring – as part of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts of the Waterways programme, the charity has commissioned artists to produce dynamic temporary artworks and live […]

Travel the Mid-Worcestershire Ring and enjoy inspiring artworks along the way

Posted by on March 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm

From March, a series of events and art installations will take place to celebrate the 21-mile circle of historic waterways which make up the Mid-Worcestershire Ring. The route, which reopened seven years ago following the restoration of the Droitwich Canals, flows through the urban and rural landscapes of Worcester and Droitwich, via the Droitwich Canals, […]

Drifters’ Top 5 new canal boats for hire in 2018

Posted by on March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and half a century after the 1968 Transport Act officially recognised Britain’s canal network as a major leisure resource, the popularity of canal boat holidays continues to increase. Today’s canal boats for hire are fully […]