Black Prince Holidays, in partnership with Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust, are offering people the opportunity to try canal boating for free!

Join us at our Peak District base at Festival Park Marina, Etruria, Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire on Sunday 7 April 2019,

canal boat open day

This open day event is open to everyone, including families with children and will include free short trips on skippered boats.

The taster sessions, which will be on from 11am to 4pm, are open to people of all ages, plus you are welcome to look round a variety of boats available to hire.  No advanced booking is required – just come visit us on the day!

Nigel Stevens, director 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’.

“Each year around 352,000 people enjoy holidaying on Britain’s canal network and last year, around 3,000 people got afloat at our one of our National Open Day events.  We look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors this year for the chance to find out what makes canal boat holidays so special.”

Gareth Stephens, National Boating Business Manager at the Canal & River Trust, says: “We believe that waterways have the power to make a real difference to people’s lives. Spending time by water makes us all healthier and happier and early research is showing evidence of this.

“Thousands of people already enjoy boating holidays on our beautiful 2,200-mile network of inland waterways, and these free canal boat taster sessions are a great way to see if this sort of holiday could be for you.”