Try Canal Boating at a National Open Day


Published on: 02 February 2018

Article type: General News

On Sunday 15 April 2018, Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 20 locations across England and Wales

On Sunday 15 April 2018, Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 20 locations across England and Wales.

The taster sessions will include free short trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts.  People of all ages are encouraged to take part and no advanced booking is required.

Tim Parker, chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, explains: “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’.
 
“Close to 400,000 people go canal boating each year, almost double the number 10 years ago* and there are now more canal boats on our waterways than at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

“Last year, over 3,800 people got afloat at our one of our open day events and we look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors this year, to discover why canal boat holidays are so special.”

Gareth Stephens, head of boating at the Canal & River Trust, added: “For many people, a boating holiday is the start of a lifelong passion for our beautiful 2,200-mile network of inland waterways.  These free taster sessions are a great way to see if this sort of holiday could be for you, before committing to a weekend or longer break.” 

Further details can be found at www.drifters.co.uk/openday. For more information about visiting the canal network, go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.

 

 

*Source: British Marine’s ‘Watersports Participation Survey 2015’

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