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Family Friendly Narrowboat Holidays

“IS A NARROWBOAT HOLIDAY RIGHT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY?”

An ordinary week in an ordinary cottage just strikes you as dull. The family’s said no to camping. And a caravan park is not what you want.

You need an extraordinary adventure. A break you’ll remember forever. Relaxation. Fun. A new vista every day. Big skies. Rolling fields. Wildlife. Hikes through the Great British countryside. Hidden views of towns and cities. Attractions that drop jaws. Activities you can tackle as a family. A change of pace. To disconnect. Goodbye to cares. A sweet spot for the summer.

Then yes. Our specially created family-friendly narrowboat holidays are perfect for you.

CHOOSE YOUR CANAL HOLIDAY WITH CONFIDENCE

Black Prince is one of the UK’s biggest canal-holiday companies and we’ve made it our mission to help you find the perfect family break.
Keep reading for all the information you need to find your perfect family narrowboat break. Discover our tips for novice cruisers, activities to keep your crew entertained, and recommendations for the best child and teen-friendly routes.

“Our narrowboat holiday surpassed our expectations. The boat was much better equipped than we anticipated. The whole week was relaxing, fun, comfortable, energetic in parts, memorable for the children and a balance of new experiences.”

The John family

COVID-19: HOW WE’RE KEEPING YOU SAFE

COVID-19 has changed the way we all travel, so Black Prince has been working closely with the British Marine Federation to put in place strict safety measures to keep you safe on your holiday. These include a new socially-distanced check-in procedure and boat handover, and a new cleaning process with extra emphasis on high-tour areas.

Every Question Answered

KIDS, CANALS AND HAPPY CRUISING: YOUR QUESTIONS COVERED

It’s your first time considering a canal holiday for your family and you feel like a narrowboat novice. If you’ve got a question, we’ll have the answer.

  • “Are my kids old enough to stay on a narrowboat?”
    All ages are welcome on board our boats. However, so that you can relax on your break, we suggest you consider how likely your children are to stay safe if you lose sight of them. See more…
  • “Do we need life jackets?”
    We recommend that young children and non-swimmers wear life jackets whenever you are on deck. We’ll provide all the safety equipment you need. See more…
  • “How old do they have to be to drive the boat?”
    Children aged 12 and up can steer the boat but they have to be supervised by you when they’re at the wheel. See more…

If you’ve got any more questions about your family-friendly narrowboat holiday, you’ll find the answers on our FAQ pages. We’ve focused on the things mums and dads most want to know. From safe cruising to operating locks. Filling up with water to night time stops. Flick through and you’ll become a wonder of the waterways in no time.

Towpath Activity Guide

NEW IDEAS FOR YOUR KIDS EVERY SINGLE DAY

Will your kids get bored on a narrowboat break? No chance. There’s something new to discover every single day. Wildlife to watch. Locks to operate. Take the tiller. A brilliant attraction. Hop off the boat and explore.
And once you’ve booked your break, you can download the Towpath Activity Guide. This collection of on-and-off the boat games and activities for your kids has been created exclusively for Black Prince by family adventurer David Mellor and includes:

  • Let your kids take charge as skipper for a day
  • Plan a countryside adventure with a map app
  • Take a waterway safari, spotting wildlife as you glide along

PLUS, we’ll send you a day-by-day route plan to give you ideas and inspiration for your journey.

Routes For Families

NARROWBOAT ROUTES JUST FOR FAMILIES

We’ve created a selection of new narrowboat routes that we think your family will love. Each has stunning scenery, awesome attractions and waterway wow factor, and there are short break and longer holidays to suit your timetable.

  • NEW! High Life is a short break through the incredible Dee Valley, starting from our Chirk base in Wales.
  • Chocs Away is an attraction-packed option from Stoke Prior in Worcestershire.
  • Going Potty starts in Stoke on Trent and follows one of the UK’s most beautiful canals to Alton Towers.
  • Canal & Castle from Napton in Warwickshire has something of everything for families.

You can choose breaks that start on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays with weekends, midweeks and longer breaks available. When you book we’ll send you a detailed itinerary for your holiday, packed with ideas and advice on where to stop, what to see and where you sleep.

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS WITH A FREE COACHING SESSION

It’s normal to be nervous before your first canal holiday. How do I steer? How do I stop? How does a lock work?
So we give you a free British Marine Federation accredited coaching session before you head off.
We’ll walk you through the controls on the boat. Show you how to steer and stop. How to operate the locks and navigate tunnels. How to cruise safely.
And you won’t leave until you’re a wiz on the narrowboat.

INCLUDED WITH EVERY FAMILY BREAK

So that you can have the very best break, we include all this with your holiday:

  • Lifejackets for children and adults
  • All your linen and kitchen equipment
  • A coaching session before you set off
  • A family-friendly route plan with advice on stops each day and night
  • The Towpath Activity Guide from family adventurer David Mellor

Looking good?

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