The Trust has two canal boats, Kingfisher and Richmond, and offers both scheduled and charter trips throughout the year. The boats ply the two mile section of the canal between the Basin and Donnington; a beautiful stretch with excellent views and prolific wildlife. A lift is available on both boats for those who may not be able to manage steps.
Kingfisher is our 22-seater canal boat which operates up to four scheduled trips, daily from spring to autumn. Passengers are offered a relaxing 75 minute trip with a friendly crew able to answer questions about the canal history, points of interest along the route and the local wildlife.
Richmond is a broad beam boat accommodating 31 passengers. She operates Charter cruises from March to October. The boat offers a venue with a difference: a continuously changing scene in the heart of the countryside. 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.
FISH AND CHIPS CRUISES
Our first Fish and chips at 12:15 pm lunch trip is on 15th March.Our 18:00 pm evening trips start on 6th April.
Fish and chips is a hot dish of British origin, it’s a common take away dish and an early example of culinary fusion. Fish and chips first appeared in the 1860s; by the 1930s there were over 35000 outlets. So it’s hardly surprising that our fish and chip cruises are really popular.
A generous portion of fish and chips from Chichester’s own award winning LA fish, tea or coffee, one glass of wine, real ale or fruit juice are all included on our cruise which takes around 2 hours. Additional wine or beer is available to buy separately should you wish.
AFTERNOON TEA CRUISES
Our first Afternoon tea cruise is at 2:30 pm on Saturday 30th March.
Afternoon tea is a long-running British tradition, dating back to the early 18th century when it was used to bridge the gap between the two main meals of the day, lunch and dinner.
Scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, tasty sweet treats and lots of tea equals heaven for many Brits! All of this is included on our afternoon tea cruise which takes around 2 hours and includes a choice of tea or coffee.
PIE AND MASH CRUISES
Something New for 2019.
Our first Pie and mash cruise is at 12:15 on 16th March.
Pie and mash is a traditional working-class food, originating in the East end of London. Pie, mash and eel shops have been in London since the 19th century, and are still common in East and South London and in many parts of Kent and Essex. We are also very lucky here in Chichester to have our very own pie and mash shop.
A choice of three pies, mash, mushy peas and gravy from Chichester’s own award winning Turner’s Pies, a vanilla ice cream from Caroline’s Dairy in Sidlesham, tea or coffee, one glass of wine, real ale or fruit juice are all included on our cruise which takes around 2 hours. Additional wine or beer is available to buy separately should you wish.
CHRISTMAS AND EASTER TRIPS
Both boats are used for Easter Bunny trips and Father Christmas trips, aimed at providing a fun experience for young children and their families. Our Christmas Lunch Cruises are designed to give adults a chance to enjoy a magical Christmas trip.
You can buy a gift voucher online or at the canal centre for any of our trips except for Christmas and Easter trips. Click on the blue button to buy online or call 01243 771363 weekdays between 10am and 3:30pm.
There is a ramp from the Basin pedestrian area to the boat pontoon.
The boats have access and room for the people in wheelchairs. There is also a lift available for those who may not be able to manage steps.
Both boats offer toilet facilities; Kingfisher facilities are fully accessible by wheelchair.
To ensure trips depart on time please arrive not later than 15 minutes before departure.