2018 Public And Theme Cruises


Trips On The Basingstoke Canal In Hampshire Aboard The John Pinkerton II

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Are you looking for a way to unwind and relax from the pressures of everyday life? Then why not join us on the John Pinkerton II for a cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal. At less than 3 mph, there is plenty of time to admire the passing countryside, spot the deer in the fields, and count the young ducklings and goslings. You may even see the bright flash of a kingfisher darting ahead of the boat, or the majestic flight of a heron circling round to return to its favourite bank to continue fishing.

We run public trips mostly from our base at Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham.  These last approximately 2½ hours, either eastwards towards Winchfield or to the west towards Greywell and Odiham (King John’s) Castle (the direction determined by the skipper). A family ticket for two adults and two children is great value at £25.

The John Pinkerton II is wholly owned by The Basingstoke Canal Society  (a registered charity). The operating company is John Pinkerton Canal Cruises Ltd, and the crew are all trained volunteers.

The fully licensed bar is open on all cruises, and you can purchase real ale, spirits, coffee, tea, drinks, and light refreshments. Souvenirs are available to help you remember the occasion.

All proceeds from the trip boat go directly towards safeguarding the Basingstoke Canal for the future.

Calendar and Ticket Pricing

Public and Theme cruises will run on days coloured above, as follows.

key-red Approx 2½ hour return trip departing at 2.30pm from Colt Hill, Odiham
Tickets: Adults £10, children under 18 £5 (under 1yr free), Senior Citizens £7, Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £25.

key-yellow Approx 2½ hour return trip departing from Colt Hill, Odiham
Two trips on Monday 27th August at 11.00am and 2.30pm.
Tickets: as above.
key-brown Approx 4 hour return trip departing from Colt Hill, Odiham
Sunday 1st July and Sunday 2nd September at 1.30pm to visit the National Gardens Scheme Open Day at Old Thatch, Winchfield (right). 
Tickets: as above, excluding NGS admission.
PLEASE NOTE: The boat will moor at Stacey’s Bridge, which is a short walk from the gardens.

key-green Approx 1½ hour return trip departing from Fox & Hounds pub, Fleet
Saturday 26th May at 1.30pm, Sunday 27th May at 1.30 and 3.30pm, Monday 28th May at 1.30 and 3.30pm.
Tickets: Adults £6, children under 18 £4 (under 1yr free).

Volunteers’ Evening Cruises – Approx 2½ hour return trip departing from Colt Hill, Odiham
Mondays 9th April and 1st October at 7pm, and Mondays 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August and 3rd September at 7.30pm.

Tickets: FREE to those wishing to learn more about the many volunteering roles available on the Canal. See the Society Volunteering Opportunities page for more details.

key-blueTheme Cruises (see below).

Advance payment is recommended for all John Pinkerton trips, and is required for all theme cruises.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Theme Cruises

The following Theme cruises will take place during 2018. These were very popular last season, so please book early. Some new cruises have been introduced this year for the first time, as indicated. All trips depart from Colt Hill, Odiham and are of 3½ hours duration, unless stated otherwise.

JP-2Quiz & Curry Night Cruise
Friday 20th April at 7.00pm.
Teams of 3-5 people, or join another team on the night.
Tickets: Adults £20 including curry.

Sea Shanties & Ale Cruise 
Fridays: 4th May and 21st September at 7.00pmHaslefolk Sea Shanty Crew
Tickets: Adults £25, including fish & chips.

Cream Tea Cruise, with piano accompaniment
Wednesdays: 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 12th September at 3pm. An approx 2½ hour trip. 
Tickets: Adults £18.

Wine & Food of France Cruise 
Friday 29th June at 7.00pm
Taste the wines and gastronomy of France, delivered to the boat.
Tickets: Adults £25 inclusive.

Blues & Ale Cruise 
Friday 8th June at 7.00pm. Dan Sowerby Duo
Tickets: Adults £25 including fish & chips.

Acoustic & Ale Cruise
Fridays:  6th July and 17th August at 7.00pm. Still Crazy Duo
Tickets: Adults £25 including fish & chips.


Jazz & Ale Cruise
Fridays: 7th September at 7.00pm. The Excel Jazzmen
Tickets: Adults £25 including fish & chips.



Farnborough Air Show departing from the Fox and Hounds pub, Fleet.
Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July at 9.30am.  An all-day trip.
Moor at Runways End, with excellent view of flying display.
Tickets: £20.

PLEASE NOTE: Trip durations may be longer than stated when the Canal water level is low, for example after periods of little rain.

Bookings and Enquiries

These public and theme trips are popular, and to avoid disappointment, we suggest you make an advanced booking using our secure on-line booking system. We are limited to 50 passengers for each trip (except where a lower limit is stated), so cannot guarantee to have space at the last moment. For more information, or to make a booking for any of our trips, contact the Booking Team, on 01256 765889 (10am – 8pm), or via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.


How to book a Public or Theme Trip

You can book a public or theme trip in one of the following ways:

PLEASE NOTE: Your booking will not be secured until payment has been received.  Also, we cannot take advance bookings on the day of departure. However, if you have not made a pre-paid booking, it may still be possible for you to get aboard if there are spaces available, in which case you would pay your fare to the skipper.

Booking of theme trips must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the trip departure. 

Departure Points

On the day of the trip, we ask you to arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before the cruise departs and that you inform the boat skipper of your presence.

Most public trips depart from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham. In a few cases, trips depart from the Fox & Hounds pub, Fleet.


key-starColt Hill, Odiham, RG29 1AL The canal at Colt Hill is signposted down London Road at the eastern end of the High Street. Pass the Waterwitch pub and then cross Colt Hill Bridge,  then turn right into the car park at the end of the road.

key-starFox & Hounds – Fleet, GU51 5NP The Fox & Hounds Public House is on Crookham Road, ½ mile westward from Fleet town centre.

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

Please note that access into the boat is by five steps down from the rear deck, with handrails on each side; there is no mechanical lift for wheelchair users. Group organisers must provide able-bodied helpers for those that need looking after, and to lift wheelchair users if necessary. accessible-boatAlternatively, our sister charity Accessible Boating, based in Odiham, operates purpose-built boats to cater for disabled persons and their carers. For more details see www.accessibleboating.org.uk, or call on 01252 622520.


Except for guide- and medical dogs, we regret that dogs cannot be taken on public trips.

Buy A Public or Theme Cruise Gift Voucher

Why not buy a Gift Voucher for use on any John Pinkerton Public or Theme Cruise? This would make an ideal present for birthdays, Christmas and other special events. Give them to your family members, friends and work colleagues, and allow them to join us on the John Pinkerton II trip boat in the peaceful surroundings of the delightful Basingstoke Canal.

Gift vouchers to the value of between £10 and £100 can be purchased on-line by simply filling in a form and making a card payment. Recipients can then redeem  them as part or full payment against any public or theme John Pinkerton II cruise of their choosing. Trips can be selected via our secure on-line system which shows all currently available trips able to accommodate your party. Alternatively, vouchers can be purchased and redeemed by calling the Booking Team on 01256 765889 (10am – 8pm).

PLEASE NOTE: John Pinkerton II Cruise Gift Vouchers cannot be redeemed online for trips on our other trip boat Kitty, or vice-versa – in other words, they have to be used on the boat for which they were purchased. If you require a voucher bought for one boat to be used for a trip on the other boat, please call our booking team to request assistance.

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