If you don't fancy a trip to London, Birmingham offers a viable alternative

This years Birmingham Boat Show, part of the UK’s biggest outdoor leisure show- the National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show – will be celebrating its 48th year, when it opens from 17 – 22 February 2009 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham.

There will be a fantastic choice of inland and offshore craft from the leading brands on offer and a variety of free activities to keep the family entertained.

Whether you are an experienced boater or new to the water, you’ll find over 250 craft, catering for all tastes, abilities and prices.

Exclusive show launches include: Amber Boats who are showcasing the Florence, a new limited edition, entry level 58-foot cruiser stern narrow boat with an £59,959 price tag. The New & Used Boat Co will be launching from Aqualine Marine Ltd – The Dutch Barge, a 60ft by 12ft steel craft, capable of cruising coastal waters as well as the inland waterways of the UK and Europe and the £64,950 58ft Cruiser stern boat aimed at the entry-level narrowboat market. New to the show is the ‘Holidays Afloat’ area where you’ll find companies offering holidays on the canals and inland waterways of Europe.

Book your tickets now and save. Call 0844 581 3000 before 16 Feb and quote YBW for your special ticket price or visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk . A £1 transaction fee applies.