News from the Pirate Castle

Autumn Half-Term Holiday Scheme 2016 The Pirate Castle's Autumn Half-Term Holiday Scheme 2016 is running from Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016. There'll be plenty of fun, adventure and splashing about throughout the holiday, with activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, Canal boating, Fishing and more, for all ages from 8 to 16. The Holiday Scheme runs from 10.30am - 3.30pm each day and costs only £12.00 per child per day (Concessions £5.00 with proof of eligibility). Read more
The Rosedale Scheme Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we are offering a limited number of free canal boat cruises along the Regent's Canal for SEND/disadvantaged groups of all ages through our Rosedale Scheme. Read more
Boat Handling Experience Days 2016 The Pirate Castle will be running a series of Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2016. These non - certificated one day courses will provide training in an informal setting covering basic canal boat and lock handling skills for those contemplating a boating holiday, or those who would just like to brush up on their existing boating skills. The training will cover the following areas - Boat set up and Engine checks / Boat Equipment / Rope-work, Knots and Mooring / Steering and Rules of the Road / Lock Operation / General Safety. Read more
Trustee Vacancy - Treasurer Do you have a strong financial background and a good head for accounts? If so, The Pirate Castle needs YOU! We are currently recruiting a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. The ideal candidate should have a solid background in financial services or accounting and be familiar with financial systems within a business or charity environment. Read more
Ways to donate to The Pirate Castle If you'd like to support our community projects and help us make a difference, making a donation to the Pirate Castle couldn't be easier! We are hugely grateful for every piece of eight or shiny dubloon, but here are some examples of how your donations contribute to our work: £30 funds a new spray deck or kayak safety equipment £100 funds an accredited kayak instructor for a day's activities for children and disability groups Read more
Swallows & Amazons - in cinemas soon! Directed by BAFTA-winning British filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe and starring Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott and Jessica Hynes, the enchanting new adaptation of Arthur Ransome's beloved novel, SWALLOWS & AMAZONS will be in cinemas from 19th August 2016! Read more
Angel Festival The annual Angel Canal Festival takes place usually on the first Sunday in September in and around City Road Basin in Islington. Read more
Adult Canoe & Kayak Courses A fun introduction to Kayaking and Canoeing both for those new to the sport - and for improvers. Read more
Family Day Canal Boat Trips Summer 2016 The Pirate Castle will be running Family Day canal boat trips this summer for parents/ carers with children and children with parents/ carers. The trips will run on Sundays from 2.00 - 5.00pm. The boat can carry a maximum of 12 passengers in total, and so to be fair to everyone we request that each family group be no larger than 4 people. The cost per person is only a fantastic £3.00! Read more
Canalway Cavalcade The Pirate Castle attends the Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, Westminster, every year on the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Both of our canal boats are open and on show and we also provide free kayaking taster sessions on the Saturday and Sunday. You can usually find us about half way down the Paddington Basin, close to the entrance to Paddington Station. Why not drop by and say hello? We look forward to seeing you there! Below are some photos from previous years - we always have a great time, whatever the weather! Read more