Our holidays and the road map
Following the Government’s announcement on 22 February 2021, we regret to say that all our holidays booked to depart prior to 12 April 2021 are cancelled.
We will contact everyone affected, offering to either move or refund your holiday. Please bear with us as this will take a little time. If you have an urgent query, email the Drifters operator you have booked with.
Our holidays can resume from 12 April.
In line with current government guidance, we are now accepting bookings for holidays departing from Monday 12 April 2021 onwards.
The current government guidelines allows only single households to travel together from 12 April.
From 17 May 2021, the rule of six or two households is likely to apply indoors.
From 21 June 2021 all restrictions will hopefully be relaxed.
Please note, all these dates are subject to change in line with government guidance.
Key measures in place for travel after 12th April
- Social distancing: We have put in new social distancing measures at all our boat yards. These include signage to help keep staff and customers 1 metre + apart, as well as staggering boat collection and return times to reduce the number of people on site at one time.
- Cleaning: We are have introduced extra cleaning measures for all our boats between each hire. This includes the use of approved antiviral cleaning products, and paying extra attention to surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, taps, guard rails and keys. We are also ensuring our reception areas are regularly cleaned, and hand gel or hand washing facilities are available.
- Boat Handovers: We are providing extra information to customers in advance of their holidays, about our boats and how to operate them. Handovers will be done a little differently, but you will meet one of our professional instructors and be shown how to steer and operate the boat. Handover staff will wear masks and gloves.
Individual Drifters operators are providing more information about the measures they have put in place on their own websites and customer communications.
There’s more advice and guidance for using the canals safely here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus
Up to date travel advice from the government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-essential-travel-guidance
For more information about restrictions in Wales go to: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
For further information about restrictions in Scotland go to: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-can-and-cannot-do/pages/sport-culture-and-leisure/
Cancellations due to coronavirus
Bookings made through Drifters are subject to each operator’s own terms and conditions.
During the 2021 season, Drifters operators are accepting holiday deferrals where customers have to change their booking due to coronavirus*. Where deferrals due to coronavirus are not possible, vouchers or refunds will be given.
*See individual operator’s websites for qualifying reasons
Great British Boating offers a range of canal boat holidays on the 2,000 miles of Britain’s inland waterways, with all of the information you need to plan and make the most of your time. You can adventure at your own pace along our recommended routes, watching out for wildlife and stopping to enjoy traditional pubs, tea rooms and country walks, as well as exciting historic attractions and cultural events.
Our peaceful canals and rivers offer a great way to relax and discover Britain from a unique perspective. Choose from hundreds of top quality boats offering all the comforts of home, and all operated by established canal boat holiday companies.