Short breaks

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 […]

Get the family afloat this summer

Posted by on April 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore mile upon mile of traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. All our operators provide hirers with life jackets and boat steering tuition. Bikes […]

Visit a National Trust property on your canal boat holiday

Posted by on March 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

There are dozens of National Trust properties within easy reach of our canals and rivers, making them great places to stop-off at on your narrowboat holiday. We’ve put together a list of our top 10, together with Drifters’ nearest canal boat hire base: The Rock Houses at Kinver Edge on the Staffs & Worcester Canal…Kinver’s […]

Culture on the Canals

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

There are dozens of fantastic art and historic centres on or very close to Britain’s 3,000 mile canal and river network. We’ve put together a list of our top five cultural destinations to head for on your narrowboat holiday, together with our nearest canal boat hire base. ***The Swan Theatre in Stratford…Drifters’ base at Wootton […]

BANK HOLIDAY BOATING – Our top 10 short breaks

Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

With two bank holidays on the horizon, we’ve put together an inspirational list of our top ten short break canal boat holidays: Enjoy the Pennines afloat…from our base at Sowerby Bridge on the junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation, a trip to historic Todmorden is the perfect short break destination.  Climbing […]

Year of the Snake

Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Year of the Snake Chinese New Year will be celebrated by a third of the world’s population on Sunday (10 February) and this year is the year of the Snake. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of serpent-related canal boat holiday destinations: Look out for our native grass snake…from April to September, narrowboat holiday-makers […]

RURAL SPRING BREAKS ON THE CANALS

Posted by on February 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

Spring is a great time of year to take to the water as the countryside bursts into new life – trees come into leaf, birds nest and spring flowers emerge on the towpath. Canal boat holidays offer the chance to see the abundance of wildlife that lives in and around our beautiful 3,000 mile inland […]

ENJOY AN ADVENTURE AFLOAT AT EASTER

Posted by on January 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

…and visit waterside attractions along the way, including Cadbury World, the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place, National Garden Festival, SS Great Britain, Standedge Tunnel and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Drifters is offering some fantastic UK family canal boat hire breaks on our beautiful inland waterway network at Easter, with prices starting at just £536 for a […]

Top 10 reasons why canal boat holidays are great for families

Posted by on January 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

  It’s the fastest way to slow down: canal boat holidays give families the chance escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the hectic school run.  And slowing right down to four miles per hour allows everyone to live life in the moment again; Embark on a new adventure together: families can work […]

Take a romantic canal boat holiday for two this Valentine’s

Posted by on January 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Cosy double berths, wood burning stoves, frosty towpaths and still moorings make canals the perfect romantic hideaway. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising and luxury boats for two, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’! Once afloat, light the on-board wood-burning stove and cuddle […]