About Trip Bookings

Organising your pleasure cruise.

The Basingstoke Canal Society is a registered charity which owns two passenger boats, the John Pinkerton II and the Kitty, providing pleasure trips on the Basingstoke Canal. Both boats are crewed by trained and qualified volunteers and all proceeds go directly to safeguarding the Basingstoke Canal for the future.

The John Pinkerton II which operates from Odiham hosts up to 50 guests and the Kitty, operating from The Town Wharf in Woking, up to 12 guests.

Currently both John Pinkerton and Kitty are out of service for annual winter maintenance. We are accepting requests for dates in 2021, though all bookings will be subject to current Covid restrictions, which may reduce our passenger numbers.

There are three ways you can enjoy the canal on either of our boats:

Charter Trips – you can book all the seats on either boat for a private event or party. You can enquire about a charter trip using our booking request form and then chat to the booking team about payment and any special requirements (food, decoration etc.).

Public Trips – these are open to all members of the public and can be booked and paid for securely online or on the towpath on the day.

Themed Trips – the Society organises themed trips, for example cream teas or music evenings. These can be booked and paid for securely online using our booking form.

You can buy gift vouchers for any trip from our online shop.

For more detailed information about Charter booking availability, please click “Reveal More” below. You can book a trip using the links at the bottom of the page.

Charter Availability and Times

Charter trips are available every day between April and October apart from published Public and Theme Trips. There are three possible charter time slots for each day:

  1. Mornings 10.30am
  2. Afternoons 2.30pm
  3. Evenings 7.30pm

Unlike the public and theme trips, charter trips are unique one-off events that may require tailoring to the requirements of the customer. You can easily check charter availability on our Trip Bookings page using the search box or calendar. Simply find your preferred date and you will be able to see what is already booked for that day. If your time slot is free the booking request form can be completed by clicking here. All charter requests are subject to confirmation by our Booking team who will be in touch with you to discuss your trip and make the necessary arrangements.

Trip duration times are approximate as local conditions may impact. If you are not sure or want to discuss alternatives times then you can contact our Booking Team on 0750 686 4411 (between 10am and 6pm) or by email by clicking here.

 

The John Pinkerton II

Kitty

Your party of up to 50 guests will have exclusive use of the boat for a 2.5 hour cruise from Odiham

Your party of up to 12 guests will have exclusive use of the boat for up to a 2.5 hour cruise from the Town Wharf, Brewery Road, Woking

Costs
High Season: July & August
Monday to Friday afternoon £320/Friday evening to Sunday £340
Mid Season: May: June & September
Monday to Friday afternoon £280/Friday evening to Sunday £300
Low Season: April & October
Monday to Friday afternoon £240/Friday evening to Sunday £260

A 3.5 hour extended trip can be arranged for an additional £70

Costs
£60 to charter the entire boat for a 75 minute trip.
£120 to charter the entire boat for a 2.5 hour trip.

A public trip can be converted to a 75 minute charter on request providing there are no existing bookings.

The longer cruises are restricted to the last cruise if on a public trip day. Charters on non-public trip days by request.

Deposits
Bookings will only be confirmed once the required deposit has been made.
For private charter groups, this is 50% of the charter fee. For coach or tour operators the deposit is £50.00

Full payment is requested 14 days before the trip

Deposits
No deposit is required for Kitty charters. Full payment only.

Full payment is requested 14 days before the trip

Discounts
A discount of 10% is offered for weekday daytime cruises booked by schools and parties of senior citizens or disabled persons.

Discounts
No discounts are currently offered on Kitty.

Conditions of Hire
Please see conditions of hire here

Conditions of Hire
Please see conditions of hire here

 

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