You can buy a voucher as a present for any amount of money, and either choose the dates or leave them open to be decided. Please get in touch, let us know what you you prefer, we can then make you a voucher and send it by email or by post along with any other hire information you might like to pass on.
We also offer 'experience days' for 2 people maximum. If you want to learn how to steer a narrowboat, moor up, cast off, turn around, pass other boats and navigate obstacles in the canal perhaps an experience day will be your thing. The experience lasts for 5 hours, in that time we will learn the basics of narrowboating with the aim that participants would be confident to use the boat on their own (without the trainer). I'm Hester and I am the trainer. I do these 'lessons' everytime I welcome beginners to my boats when they are due to start their narrowboat holiday, I have been assessed by the Quality Accredited Boatyard (QAB) scheme and have held QAB status since 2016. Please note that this is not a Helmsman course and you do not get an accredited Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificate after the training...what you should get is the confidence to take a stress-free narrowboat holiday.
The cost for the 'Experience Day' is £100 for 2 people for 5 hours training, hot and cold drinks will be provided - please bring your own lunch.
Experience days are run from November to April (other times may be available - please enquire).
If you take the 'Experience Day' and then want to hire one of our boats you will be given a 10% discount on any holiday.
Please enquire if you are interested.