Try Canal Boating for Free with the Canal & Rivers Trust

April 4, 2018

Date: Sunday 15 April 2018

Time: 11am-4pm

Locations: Various across England and Wales

Price: FREE

Has the idea of spending the day chugging along on a canal boat ever taken your fancy? Well you can watch wildlife and discover the amazing places to visit on the nation’s beautiful waterways for FREE. On Sunday 15 April 2018, 11am to 4pm, Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 19 locations across England and Wales.

The 19 locations are as follows:

• Aldermaston – Berkshire

• March – Cambridgeshire

• Bunbury – Cheshire

• Anderton – Cheshire

• Coventry Basin – Coventry

• Abergavenny – Monmouthshire

• Gayton – Northamptonshire

• Witney – Oxfordshire

• Great Haywood – Staffordshire

• Henley-in-Arden – Warwickshire

• Stafford – Staffordshire

• Stoke on Trent – Staffordshire

• Ellesmere – Shropshire

• Whitchurch – Shropshire

• Trowbridge – Wiltshire

• Alvechurch – Worcestershire

• Bromsgrove – Worcestershire

• Llangollen – Wrexham

• Sowerby Bridge – Yorkshire (West)

The taster sessions will include free trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts. No advance booking or experience is required, with people of all ages encouraged to just turn up.

Gareth Stephens, National Boating Manager at the Canal & River Trust, said:

We believe that waterways have the power to make a real difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water makes us all healthier and happier. Thousands of people already enjoy boating holidays on our beautiful 2,000-mile network of inland waterways, and these free canal boat taster sessions are a great way to know that this sort of holiday is for you, before committing to a weekend or longer break.

Tim Parker, chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, explains:

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.

To find a location near you and further details about the open day visit:

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