Planning a 50th birthday weekend trip away?

Being responsible for 50th birthday weekend surprise is a huge challenge. We are frequently contacted by wives, husbands and partners who have the task of organising an unforgettable weekend for the men in their lives, and are a little overwhelmed by the task.

Many contact us because their menfolk have already expressed an interest in holidaying on a narrowboat. For those who have “narrowboating” on their Bucket List, a 50th birthday is the perfect excuse to tick it off.

50th birthday short break

Surprise weekends

But we’ve also helped to arrange birthday weekends for men and women who are in total ignorance of the fun to be had on a narrowboat! These are the genuine surprises, booked by people who know their partners well. They are looking for a trip which will provide seclusion and intimacy, alongside a sense of adventure.

50th birthday weekend


We are asked to signpost suitable canalside pubs for a special meal, or help choose a route. We are asked for reassurance that the bed is comfy and king-sized, and that the fridge will hold a bottle of champagne. Even more importantly, we are asked if it matters if the birthday boy (or girl) has “never done this before.” And we are happy to say that it doesn’t matter in the slightest! (Read more here if you’re new to narrowboating.)

It’s no secret that we adore our Boutique Narrowboat and the landscape she cruises… and we couldn’t be more proud to share her for those special birthday weekends.*

narrowboat weekend for birthday celebration

*Don’t forget to download your Boutique Narrowboat Gift Certificate pdf