Our broad beam boat, Richmond, is extremely popular for private charter cruises.

The cruises provide a unique venue to celebrate your special occasion while passing through pleasant countryside with ever-changing scenery and wildlife.

Richmond provides comfortable seating for up to 32 and the trip takes around 2 hours. You are free to simply hire the boat and crew for a trip on the canal or we also offer a selection of catering options. Our on-site café also provides a selection of sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Richmond is available for private hire as follows:

Richmond is not available for hire between the 8th and 17th of April or between
the 12th of November and the 28th of February

Please note that it is also possible to book the whole boat for your party on our scheduled trips (Daily boat trip 22 places (no food), Fish and Chips and Cream Teas 32 places) provided there are no other bookings, see the specific pages for these trips .

Charter Prices 2017

The cost of hiring the boat complete with crew is £10 per person subject to a minimum charge of £200 for daytime trips or £300 for trips after 5.00pm.Optional extras which you may choose are shown below:

Catering Options Additional cost per person
Simply Tea, Coffee or Juice ...includes top ups during the trip£1.50
The Tea Cruise …tea, coffee or juice and a selection of cakes£3.00
Delicious Cream Teas …tea, coffee or juice with scones, jam and clotted cream and a selection of sponge cakes.£6.00
The Ploughman's lunch ... lunch of cheese & ham salad with tea, coffee, wine or beer.£7.50
Fish and Chips …our most popular option, Includes tea, coffee, beer or wine with your fish and chips.£7.50
Sandwich selection ...a selection of sandwiches freshly made in Chichester with Tea, Coffee or Juice£6.00


You can now book online, see our real-time availability below. Please complete your details, choose your options and pay a non-returnable deposit of £100 to secure your booking. Bookings must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.The full cost of the trip must be paid 4 weeks before the trip.
If you book less than 4 weeks in advance, the full cost is payable when you book.You can pay by debit or credit card (No fee.)

If you prefer you can book at the canal centre in person or by phone between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm weekdays. Telephone 01243 771363 or Email boxoffice@nullchichestercanal.com

All charter cruises must be booked at least two weeks in advance, a non-returnable deposit of £100 of the total trip cost is payable to reserve your booking, with the balance due 28 days prior to your trip.
Please note that we do not allow dogs on these trips, the exception being for guide or assistance dogs.