Making Memories

Making Memories

Sometimes you get a bit stuck for new experiences for children. I hate when we have nothing planned and end up in a play barn hell on earth. Also I think it’s important that family time isn’t always children orinatated. To be honest primary colours make my blood pressure rise. If playbarns were shades of grey and cream I’d probably be a frequent goer.

When I heard about hiring a canal boat for the day I was apprehensive. I was worried about whether I’d have to jump off the boat to moor it and end up soaked, whether we’d lose a child overboard and whether actually any of us would enjoy it.

We booked with ABC boat hire as you could have the boat just for the day. Baby steps and all that. We turned up with absolutely no boat experience. The Marina we went from was Alvechurch Marina and they were so friendly! We had to watch a video on what to do and then we had someone come and talk us through everything properly on the boat.

We we away after about 40mins, on our own. I was like ‘Si you were listening right?’ Luckily he was. Hence why he was the Captain. I’d love to say I was first mate but I’m pretty sure I ranked lower than that.

We were on the boat for hours but the time flew by! The boys were so excited the whole time. It’s so funny that actually this boat trip held their full attention even more than days out like Thomas Land.  We moored up and went for a pub lunch and little park play for the boys.

I absolutely loved it! I feel like it was a very mindful experience. I didn’t check my social media and really focused on just being with my tribe.

Next step would be a weeks hire. I’m totally converted!



  1. September 11, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Nice story and beautiful pictures! Thanks for publishing.

  2. Ken
    September 14, 2016 / 11:04 am

    I have spent many holidays on canal boats done most of the rings and no doubt about it fantatist way to spend a couple of weeks,love to keep going but all grown up now , and on my own and a lot older.the locks would present a insermountsble problem

  3. September 14, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Lucky boys – they’ll always thank you for starting them on this! You will certainly be hiring again! I’m smitten, as you may guess from these:
    Really loved to hear the enthusiasm in this. Thank you!

  4. September 14, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    My wife, son and parents have twice done the boats as a part of longer vacations to the UK. We did a mini ring out of Alvechurch in 2001, and then the route to Llangollen from somewhere in NW England in 2010, a one week trip.
    These trips were so one of a kind for us – nothing like it in our part of the US! My parents, who have been many places in the world, were floored by the looks at ‘the other side’ of the UK. As someone stated, your group does need at least 2 ‘mates’ who can spring off the boat at locks or bridges to do the land operations, while ‘Cap’ (that was usually my dad) steers the boat through. But as stated, the learning curve is easy; respect the equipment and the country and you will do fine.

    If you have any love of boats, history, camping and scenery, I cannot recommend a canal boat holiday highly enough! The canal system is and should be considered a national treasure.

    Greg Kitchens
    Magnolia, Texas

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