Category: Activities

Aqua Narrowboats

Fancy a relaxing narrowboat holiday? Starting from Barton Turns Marina, you can book a 5 star luxury narrowboat with Aqua Narrowboats and cruise the Midlands canal network.
You can book a short break and cruise to Shugborough Hall and return, or book a weeks holiday and go further afield to Birmingham on the Black Country Ring. How about being daring and cruise across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct  on a 2 week cruise, along the gorgeous Four Counties Ring!!
You will be warmly welcomed by the Aqua Handover Team, who will teach the skipper how to handle the boat, and show the whole crew how to work a lock.
Aqua Narrowboats offer holidays from early March to late October, to find out more about their luxury hire fleet, prices and available click here

Artisan Market

Enjoy a great day out at Barton Marina Artisan Market for quality local produce, bespoke crafts & goods

Held on the last Sunday of each month from April to November.

If you wish to book a stall then please contact CJ Events who will have all the information you need.

The Mug Tug

Whilst studying for a degree to become a complementary therapist, my family suggested that, once qualified, I could set up a treatment room on a narrowboat moored at Barton Marina, a place we live near and visited often.  Although I didn’t feel the location was what I wanted for my therapy business, the idea of running a business on a narrowboat stayed with me as an exciting idea… but what?

A couple of years later, during a family holiday in the summer of 2009, we visited a craft village with a paint-a-pot studio to while away a few rainy hours.  It was during this visit, as the girls in the family were absorbed in our creations – all mugs – I appreciated how fun and therapeutic the activity was – a wonderful addition to my list of holistic activities to recommend to clients – to explore their creativity and reduce their stress levels! The cogs started whiring and hey presto – light bulb moment – THIS is what I would love to do on a narrowboat!  I told my Husband as soon as I saw him and  by the time we got back to our holiday house he had come up with the name….. and so The Mug Tug was born!

The Mug Tug opened it’s door in October 2010 with an official opening by John Waterhouse in January 2011.