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The world of canal boating is almost like an alternative reality, existing quietly alongside urban streets, yet undiscovered by those caught up in the Christmas shopping frenzy. We've got three surprising suggestions for anyone looking for the magic of Christmas on the Grand Union canal this December.
It’s that time of year again, when we wonder how to surprise the canal enthusiasts in our lives. You can easily pick up the usual coal scuttles, kettles and Buckby cans painted with roses and castles for those who love traditional folk art, but around the roving traders canal markets this year I have noticed many more unusual gift ideas, made by boaters who live aboard. Here are five floating businesses who offer some creative ideas for Christmas presents.
Last week, our article 5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Narrowboat covered continuous cruising, lock-miles, financial planning, surveys and on-line scams. Whether you intend to live aboard, go on an extended cruise, use the boat most weekends, or keep to summer cruising and ‘winterise’ the boat for half the year will affect the kind of boat you are looking for.
At Christmas time we don't necessarily associate Santa's sleigh with the water. However this year Boatshed have some top tips on having festive fun by the waterside and a couple of chances to dress your vessel up and take part in the events.
In the boaters discussion groups on Facebook I often see requests for advice, from those planning to live aboard in London. A fleeting glimpse of a colourful canal boat passing through Camden Lock promises an alternative view of the capital. But what do you need to know before you make that decision to live aboard?
I've always enjoyed the Facebook page of The Guild of Waterways Artists. The Guild is a collection of like-minded artists who have joined together to promote art about the waterways by exhibiting together and to offer each other mutual support and encouragement.
Water and fire don’t usually mix, so what’s a boat-lover to do when called upon to celebrate Guy Fawkes night? Here are four ways to enjoy November’s explosive celebrations.
If Halloween just makes you think of costumes, parties, pumpkins and sweets then perhaps you haven’t thought of taking your little ones to London’s canals on 31st October? If you fancy an outing with a difference that the whole family can enjoy then here’s how to do something this Halloween that your kids will love.
In your ideal boat what would be the perfect saloon? Free-standing furniture or an L-shaped seat that becomes an extra berth? Would you site the solid fuel stove in the middle of the boat or at the bow end? I love looking at narrowboat interiors and thought I'd blog about saloons this week!
Q. Is it possible to be fashionably late for National Poetry Day?
I went to the Birmingham Floating Market last weekend and all of the sunshine and colourful bunting made the life of a roving trader look quite idyllic. The RovingCanal Traders Association organises floating markets throughout the summer and if you've never been to such an event it’s surprising how many very different individual businesses there are.
Just when you thought that the summer season of canal festivals was over, ladies and gentlemen we bring you: The Aylesbury Canal Festival!
Europe’s largest festival of boating sails into Southampton and Boatshed.com are on their regular stand BO53 enjoying the fun. The Southampton Boat Show is now Europe’s largest outdoor festival of boating with over 2km of pontoons . Now in its 47th year, the Southampton Boat Show offers a host of attractions for the whole family to experience, from exploring rock pools, corals and anemones in the Show’s purpose built Aquarium, through to the largest number of ‘on-the-water’ activities ever offered at the Show This includes the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, straight from the completion of its full restoration and refit.
Icy, windy weather and planned maintenance works on the canal can make continuous cruising more difficult for live-aboard boaters during the winter months. So the Canal and River Trust offer dedicated winter moorings across the country for those who are looking for a temporary mooring during this colder time of year. However, the Canal and River Trust have made a few changes to winter moorings this year.
Look insurance Services today announce it has entered into a strategic partnership with Boatshed. The partnership scheme will see Look insurance Services providing yacht insurance quotations for Boatshed UK clients and allows a special discount for Boatshed UK customers. The agreement allows the discount to be continued throughout the life of the policy.
We are delighted to announce that Look Insurance Services has joined Boatshed's Preferred Partners scheme, offering marine and boating insurance to UK based and registered pleasure boats. As one of the leading marine insurers,Look is ideally placed to offer insurance products to Boatshed's customers and will offer 10% discounts for products purchased though Boatshed.com.
BWML Brokerage services working in partnership with Boatshed.com to provide a specialist brokerage service for Narrowboats and all that float on the canals. Boatshed is now the exclusive external broker in most of BWML’s 20 locations, available to assist our customers with the sale and purchase of Narrowboats and other inland waterway vessels.
Canals are not just for boating and walking, there are tonnes of great events happening on the waterways during August and September. We’ve put together a list of some on the southern Grand Union canal and the Regents Canal that are definitely worth checking out.
Now that the kids are home for the school summer holidays are you wondering how to keep them entertained without spending a fortune? These low-cost ideas will make an unusual family day out and keep the grown-ups happy too – that is if you’re canal-loving parents!
Now that the school summer holidays are here you may be planning some day trips on the canal, or even a full boating holiday. Boating is a great activity for kids; if they’re old enough they can get involved with the locks and steering.They might also enjoy drawing or photographing the wildlife, or dressing up as pirates! First get out your Nicholson’s guide and get the whole family involved in planning your cruise. You can give each child age appropriate responsibilities, such as casting off, mooring up and winding paddles. Younger children can be asked to watch out for the next bridge, lock or tunnel, or make a game out of spotting herons, swans, ducks or other wildlife.