Organising a Boat Trip

You can book either of our boats for public, themed or charter trips.

The Basingstoke Canal Society is a registered charity which owns two passenger boats providing pleasure trips on the Basingstoke Canal. 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.

Both boats are operated by John Pinkerton Canal Cruises Ltd and are crewed by trained and qualified volunteers. All proceeds go directly to safeguarding the Basingstoke Canal for the future.

If you would like to find out more, click here for our leaflets.

Following the update to the COVID-19 rules on 19th July 2021, the arrangements for boat trips has also changed. Please click here for detailed information. All bookings will be subject to current Covid19 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.). Scroll down for detailed information.

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 search for and book a trip by clicking here or by using one of the links at the bottom of this page. Our online shop sells vouchers that you can use or give as a gift.

Charter Availability and Times

Charter trips are available every day between April and October apart from published Public and Theme Trips. Trip times are subject to variation and can be seen in the comparison chart below.

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 Book Your Trip page using the search box or calendar. Simply find your preferred date and trip type, then click on any available trip to find out more and complete the Booking Request Form.

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. To find out more about catering and entertainment, please visit our FAQ page.

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 clicking here.

The John Pinkerton II (left) and Kitty (right)
John Pinkerton IIKitty
Scheduled times:
(Subject to Variation)
10.30am : 2.30pm : 7.30pm
Scheduled Times
(Subject to Variation)
11am : 1pm : 2.45pm
Your party of up to 50 guests will have exclusive use of the boat for a 2.5 hour cruise from OdihamYour 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.
£96 to charter entire boat for a 2 hour 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 paid.
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 is requested within 14 days of confirmation
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

To continue to Book Your Trip or check availability, please click here or click one of the links below.