Sipping Serenity: A Guide to Drinking on Your Narrowboat Adventure

glass wine cambridge narrowboat holiday

wine and cheese onboard a fox narrowboat

When it comes to canal boating, is there anything more relaxing than sipping your favourite drink as you cruise the waterways? Whether you’re a fan of tea, coffee, real ale, or a glass of fine wine, here are seven tips for the best drinking experience aboard a narrowboat.

  1. Safety First: Choose a designated driver if you are planning a particularly boozy cruise. If you are the skipper make sure your alcohol free as well as your working crew whilst traveling; there are some great no alcohol versions available. Those helping with the locks should also keep their wits about them, as locks can be deeply dangerous!
  2. Local Flavours: One of the joys of travelling England by narrowboat is discovering local flavours along the way. So sample the local brews when visiting waterside pubs. Try these suggestions:

5 Places to Stop for a Drink When Cruising on the Cam

Our Top 3 Pubs for Your Fenland Narrowboat Holiday

Cambridgeshire Wine School’s Wine Tasting events are held in a beautiful Cambridge College and each day includes a demonstration of sabrage – opening a bottle of Champagne with a sabre! Alternatively, try visiting The Cambridge Gin Laboratory, with classroom, shop and tasting lounge, or The Ely Gin Company for local craft spirit gift sets.

  1. Picnic Perfect: Pack a picnic basket with your favourite snacks to complement your drink. Savour the moment by creating a perfect pairing with cheeses, crackers, and some fresh fruits while taking in the views. Stock up on groceries at a supermarket in March before you leave, or pre-book an afternoon tea or grazing box from Glam Grazing by Gem. If you want to plan a picnic without any traffic troubles or tantrums, follow these three simple steps to the perfect waterside picnic.How to Use Your Canal Boat Holiday to Plan the Perfect Picnic
  2. Sundown Delights: Sunsets on the water are breathtaking, and nowhere is that more true than in the Fenlands, with its wide open skies and flat landscapes. Get comfortable on deck, raise a glass, and toast to another beautiful day on the canals, as the sun dips below the horizon.
  3. Theme Nights: Spice up your evenings with themed drink nights. Whether it’s a cocktail party, wine tasting, or a local beer showcase, themed nights can add an extra layer of fun to your narrowboat adventure.
  4. Stay Hydrated: A holiday may not always be about the alcoholic drinks! During the day if the weather is warm, and the boating demands physical work, such as operating locks, then remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day.
  5. Respect the Environment: Responsible boaters dispose of empty bottles and cans properly, keeping the waterways tidy for everyone to enjoy. Boater’s waste disposal points are marked in the guidebook supplied with the boat, or you can search for Boat Marina Services on our interactive map. See: Fascinating New Interactive Fens Waterways Map for Narrowboaters

Remember, the real pleasure of narrowboating lies in the slow-paced, peaceful journey. Enjoying a drink on your narrowboat can enhance the experience, but always do so responsibly, appreciating the beauty of the waterways and the serenity of your surroundings. Cheers to a relaxing and enjoyable narrowboat adventure!

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