“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”

College Cruisers is a long-established canal boat hire company, offering memorable narrowboat holidays on the Oxford Canal since the 1990s.

We recently came across two of our early press ads from Waterways World.


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The first, from October 1998, invites parents to “go to college” to celebrate the end of school holidays, offering “peace and solitude” aboard our “warm and cosy” narrowboats. Although our fleet has grown since those days, the basic promise remains the same.


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The second ad, from November 1999, describes Autumn on the canal as “such a beautiful time of year… with the rich red tints of changing leaves, fairytale morning mists and frosts decorating spiders’ webs to form beautifully intricate lace”.

Looking out of the window this morning, nothing has changed. To find out more about Autumn on the Oxford Canal, please click here. To book, call us now on 01865 554343 (our telephone number hasn’t changed either!).