The chance to try a narrowboat

Published: Monday, 11 March 2019

ONCE again Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 17 locations across England and Wales.

Free short trips

These taster sessions, which will be onSunday 7th April from 11am to 4pm, will include free short trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts.

DriftersAnderton open day 2018The photograph shows people enjoying one of last year's taster sessions at Anderton on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

No advance booking

People of all ages are encouraged to take part and no advanced booking is required, with Nigel Stevens, director of Drifters Waterway Holidays, explaining:

“Travelling at just 4mph through peaceful countryside, sleepy villages and vibrant waterside towns and cities, canal boat holidays are often described as ‘the fastest way to slow down’.

“Each year around 352,000 people enjoy holidaying on Britain’s canal network and last year, around 3,000 people got afloat at our one of our National Open Day events. We look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors this year for the chance to find out what makes canal boat holidays so special.” 

Further details of the open days and visiting the canal network can be found at: