We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Drifters' open days 2016

Drifters are giving you the chance to find out why canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. Take your family on a free boat trip and find out more about canal boat holidays at one of Drifters open days on Sunday 17 April.

Three ladies walking alongside a boatAll of the open days run from 11am - 4pm and there's no need to book. Just use the map above to find your nearest base and enjoy a trip on the water.

The taster sessions will include free trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts. No booking is required, please just come along with your friends and family. 

Tim Parker, chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, explains: “Travelling at just 4mph through peaceful countryside, sleepy villages and exciting waterside cities, canal boat holidays are often described as ‘the fastest way to slow down’. Close to 400,000 people go canal boating each year and according to research1, the numbers have increased by 23% since 2009. 

“Last year, over 1,000 people got afloat at our open day events held all over the country. We hope this year’s taster sessions will introduce many more people to the joys of a holiday afloat on Britain’s wonderful inland waterways.”