Try canal boating at one of our free open day events

Try canal boating for free

On Sunday 23 April 2023, we are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at six of our canal boat hire bases across England and Wales.

The taster sessions, which are part of the Drifters national open day event, will include free short trips on skippered narrowboats, and the opportunity to look round holiday-hire boats at some locations.

Our open day events will be on from 11am to 4pm at the following locations:

Bunbury, Shropshire Union Canal

Bunbury Lock, Bunbury, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9QB

Great Haywood, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire ST18 0RJ

Tardebigge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Tardebigge Wharf, Old Wharf, Bromsgrove B60 1LR

Trevor, Llangollen Canal

Canal Wharf, Trevor, Llangollen, Wrexham LL20 7TT

Whixall, Llangollen Canal

Whixall Marina, Alders Lane, Whixall SY13 2QS

Wootton Wawen, Stratford Canal

Canal Wharf, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire B95 6BZ


Our events are family and pet-friendly.

To take part, go to and download your free boat trip voucher.

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