Short breaks

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 […]

Take a Canal Boat Holiday to Birmingham

Posted by on July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Boasting more canals than Venice (56km to be precise), Birmingham is a popular destination for narrowboat holiday-makers, with plenty of visitor moorings available in heart of the city. The City’s key attractions include: The Mailbox and Bullring shopping centres; the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place; Cadbury World; Birmingham Science Museum; the Jewellery Quarter; Ikon […]

Hotel boats on the canals

Posted by on July 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hotel boating offers all the benefits of a relaxing cruise on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways, with the catering and navigating chores taken out of it. It’s the perfect antidote to busy jobs and frenetic lives, plus a great opportunity to make new friends. There are a variety hotel canal boat holidays to choose from, including […]

Pennine One-way trips – available all season

Posted by on June 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Drifters offers new one-way canal boat holidays Drifters Waterway Holiday bases at Stretton on the North Oxford Canal near Rugby and Stockton on the Grand Union Canal close to Braunston have teamed up to offer some new one-way trips in June and July. The collaboration gives narrowboat holiday-makers the chance to see more of the […]

Drifters attends Braunston Historic Boat Rally

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Drifters canal boat hire operator Rose Narrowboats will be at the 2012 Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival (23-24 June) showcasing its 60ft long, eight-berth boat Cascade. Over 80 historic boats will gather at this year’s Historic Boat Rally, held annually at Braunston Marina. The event, which raises money for the canals and local […]

Visit an Edinburgh Festival by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

Edinburgh, the world’s Festival City, is a delightful 12 hour cruise along the Union Canal from Drifters’ base at Falkirk. Once in Edinburgh, there are centrally located moorings in Edinburgh Quay, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street. So why not take a canal boat holiday this summer and enjoy an Edinburgh Festival at the […]

Visit Warwick Castle by Canal Boat

Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Warwick Castle, said to host ‘Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval experience’, is close the Grand Union Canal and easily accessible on a canal boat holiday from Drifters’ bases at Stockton, Napton, Rugby, Tardebigge, Stoke Prior and Stretton. The Castle, with a history dating back almost 1,100 years, offers a fantastic day out with stunning towers and ramparts […]

Visit Saltaire & The Hockney Gallery by canal boat

Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

You can easily reach Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating model town at Saltaire in West Yorkshire on a week’s narrowboat holiday from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge. Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford, was founded by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the woollen industry in 1851. […]

A two hundred year old canal

Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It is quite hard for us to imagine what life must have been like two hundred years ago. There were few roads – only muddy tracks. No railways, either. So, when the Industrial Revolution started, the real problem facing those who wanted to take advantage of it was how to move the raw materials from […]