Drifters Open Day created great interest

Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017

THE national boat hire organisation, Drifters, recently held an event to attract hirers, and tell us that over 3,800 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip as part of its National Open Day.

The event was held last Sunday (23rd) and  was supported by Canal & River Trust, with narrowboat holiday taster sessions at 19 canal boat hire bases across England and Wales, with its Chairman, Tim Parker commenting:


“Once again, we are absolutely delighted with the response to our National Open Day, with close to 5,000 people visiting our 19 events across England and Wales, and over 3,800 of those enjoying a free mini boat trip.

“The lovely spring weather helped draw people to the water, plus the profile of canals continues to be boosted with TV programmes like ‘Celebrity Carry on Barging’ and ‘Great Canal Journeys’.

“It’s absolutely vital that we attract newcomers to the canals with taster events like these, so that more people discover the joys of a canal boat holiday and the beauty of our inland waterways. We hope the thousands of people who visited our open day events come back to the canals again soon."