I have been on a canal holiday with my parents three of four times as a child (many years ago) and have been nagging my wife for a few years that we should take our two children on a canal boat. Not to keen (my wife prefers guaranteed sunshine), she finally gave in along with another family of four, I booked x2 6 berth boats from the Worcester Marina for a mid-week break, starting Easter Monday. We arrived at approx 2:00pm on the Monday, and after a short video about locks, we were shown to our boat and got ourselves comfy and unloaded. We had a walk through the boat features, instructions and general information and were left to it.
We had decided to do the Droitwich Ring, however, were advised to go anti-clockwise as the river severn at the time was closed, and going anti-clockwise gave us a number of route options in the event the river remained closed. We opted to stay in the marina that night, and ate out in Worcester, before heading off Tuesday morning. We had a good first day cruising with 12 or so locks, and given I was the only one with previous experience (albeit 25 years ago), we all got on with our tasks and thankfully, with some pleasant weather had a great time and moored at Droitwich Spa Marina that night. On the Wednesday the weather was not good, and as the river severn was still closed, we stayed in the Marina and went into Droitwich for brunch. I the afternoon I took my boat down the stair-case turned it around (as the river was still closed) and came back up and we moored at Hanbury Wharf. Thursday, another glorious day, and we headed back arriving back at Worcester Marina at about 5:00pm, before departing the next day.
All in all we had a great time. My eldest daughter, really took to it, and at 12 years old was confident to navigate solo through the locks while we did the hardwork with the paddles and gates. Everyone at ABC was great, and I'd book again in a heartbeat, as would the children, my wife, on the other hand, although she had a great time and enjoyed the fresh air, the excercise and seeing the children get involved fancies France next time - we shall have to wait and see.
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