Short breaks

Babies Afloat

Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

Narrowboat holidays are often said to be the best way to relax – and parents with babies probably need the chance to do that more than most. Canal boats are like floating holiday cottages, with all the comforts of home on board. Drifters’ six-berth family boat ‘Lucy May’, which operates out of our Stockton canal […]

Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, where the colours are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including the arrival of flocks of fieldfare and redwing […]

Top 10 nautical phrases

Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

As we were once a great sea-faring nation, much of our everyday language is peppered with nautical references. We’ve put together our favourite everyday phrases with nautical origins to ‘Chew the Fat’ over on your next adventure afloat: 1. Barge in – barge has two nautical meanings: a flag officer’s boat; or a flat-bottomed workboat […]

Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on a summer holiday adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers the choice of over 580 boats from 45 bases across England, Wales and Scotland. All our operators […]

Top 5 Luxury Canal Boats for Hire

Posted by on May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and unprecedented numbers of people are visiting and holidaying on our canals. The popularity of boating has been fuelled by the waterway renaissance which has swept across the UK, and by the standard of accommodation now […]

Top 5 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

May is a great time to take to the water, with the British countryside bursting into life and many of our waterside towns and cities putting on special events over the bank holiday weekend. Our 2016 late May bank holiday (27-30 May) canal boat hire prices start at £625 for a short break (three or […]

Open Day Attracts Record Numbers

Posted by on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Over 3,000 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip on Sunday 17 April 2016 as part of our National Open Day. The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases across England and Wales. Tim Parker, Chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, says: […]

Top 6 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on March 16, 2016 at 8:57 am

With the Leeds & Liverpool Canal celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and a new pop-up base established at Ashton-under-Lyne, we’ve put together our Top 6 Yorkshire holidays for 2016. 2016 prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £415 for a short break (three or four nights), £610 for a week on a boat for […]

Drifters creates pop-up fleet at Ashton

Posted by on March 15, 2016 at 11:46 am

Despite the serious damage to Yorkshire’s waterways as a result of the Boxing Day floods, Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers has started the season on time, with holidays beginning this week from both its Sowerby Bridge and Barnoldswick bases, plus a new pop-up fleet at Ashton-under-Lyne. Short break boaters travelling from Sowerby Bridge can enjoy the […]