Christmas on a Narrowboat
just around the corner!
After having an eventful summer the last thing you're thinking about is Christmas. Does anyone else feel it has come around so quickly this
on a narrowboat or widebeam can be difficult, but not to worry we are here to
help! Follow our top tips to have a great Christmas on board.
your boat -
You need to
think about decorating your boat before the mad Christmas shopping rush! Pop into
your nearest supermarket/B&M or The Range for cheap and cheerful Christmas lights
and decorations, you can even pick up a little tree for your boat. Don’t forget
battery operated Christmas lights to display around your boat, this will
prevent you running your engine to recharge the leisure/domestic batteries.
with little space to play with, having a Christmas tree may not be
possible. The best option is to have is a small artificial tree to place on
corner units or even on kitchen work surfaces. Keep things simple, decorating your
boat doesn’t need to be a huge task, a few baubles and fairy lights for your small
tree is perfect for anyone living on board.
help everyone aboard feel Christmassy.
As you know
cooking a large Christmas dinner for you and your family isn’t really an option aboard a small boat, but there’s
nothing stopping you giving Christmas dinner a go for a small group of family or friends, preparation
is key - you don’t have to spend the whole day cooking.
of you that don't fancy cooking or can't cook, there are plenty of great pubs
along the canal that will most likely serve an amazing Christmas dinner. Just remember
they get booked up very quickly so this needs to be booked in advance.
As most shops shut over the Christmas period, you'll need to make sure you stock up on the essentials
– food, drink, water, fuel, coal, kindling, firelighters, firewood, matches, winter
warmers, lights, candles and your Christmas outfit!
You may not
even be on board over the Christmas period. If your boat is moored up during
the Christmas period, follow these simple steps to keep your boat safe for when you come back home to it –
your boat – make sure you drain all the water where possible.
around 30% of anti-freeze in your heating system.
- Make sure you close all the windows
lock all side hatches
all doors front and back
not leave the fire going
off all isolation switches
your stern greaser in till you can feel some resistance
the gas off
Try and minimize condensation as much as
Things to do over the Christmas period –
Don’t own a boat? Don’t want to miss out on a narrowboat experience over
the Christmas break? You can hire a boat from any of the companies listed on our
useful links page.
Cruise with Santa in Chesterfield – Canal and River
trust is hosting narrowboat trips along the canal with Santa, You can choose to cruise with Santa Claus in any one
of five locations on the Chesterfield Canal this Yuletide. Every child will
receive a present from the great man and every adult can have a mince pie and a
drink. All this for only £7 per person
Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift
- Join Santa and
his helpers this Christmas at the Anderton Boat Lift for a festive cruise on
the River Weaver Navigation. Storytelling, songs and a special present for each
Whilton Locks Garden center - Or visit santa in his grotto
near us at Whilton marina, (over the road at Whilton Locks garden center) Santa will
be in his grotto waiting to meet you. Why not try a bit of ice skating while
you're there – check out the website to book your slot
Buying or Selling a Narrowboat?
If 2020 is the year you wish to
either buy, sell or part exchange your narrow boat then we hope you all
consider buying or selling through Whilton or Venetian Marina.
help take the stress out of finding a new narrowboat by providing you with the
best service around. Buying and selling narrowboats is basically what we do
best and our experienced staff are available 7 days a week to assist
you. We can hold your hand all the way through the buying process and give
you the best advice to ensure you buy the right boat.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Whilton Marinas Christmas opening hours