News from the Pirate Castle

Open Day - Sat June 11th 2016 This year's Open Day took place on Saturday 11th June 2016 and we celebrated The Pirate Castle's 50th anniversary in style! The day was very well attended and it was great to see so many people getting on the water, trying out our activities and having fun. Camden's Mayor, Nadia Shah, joined us in the afternoon to cut the cake and start everyone off on a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'! Here are some pictures from our special day... 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
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
Ways to donate to The Pirate Castle If you'd like to help us make a difference, making a donation to the Pirate Castle couldn't be easier! You can also make a secure online donation using PayPal: Read more
Easter Holiday Scheme 2016 The Pirate Castle Easter Holiday Scheme 2016 will be running from Tue 29th March to Friday 1st April and Mon 4th April to Friday 8th April. There will be lots of fun activities including Canoeing and Kayaking and Canal boat trips, On site and Off site activities such as, Orienteering, Fishing,Team games, Table Tennis, Table Football, Craft skills and much more! Read more
Low Season Discounts The Pirate Castle is pleased to announce that we are offering price discounts of up to 20% on our canal boat trips from 31st October 2015 until March 15th 2016. Please contact us for full details and availability on or You can also contact us by phone on 0207 267 6605. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please note that these discounts do not apply to certain specially arranged cruises and all training courses. Read more
Cavalcade Remember the Cavalcade This Weekend!! The Pirate Castle attends the Canal Cavalcade in Little Venice, Westminster, every year during the May Day Bank Holiday. Both of our canal boats are open and on show and we also provide free kayaking sessions on the water over the weekend. You will usually find us about half way down the Paddington Basin quite near 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 our previous attendances. Read more
Canoe Club Trips We are currently putting together the diary for our 2015/2016 trips which will be posted here soon. In the mean-time you can check out the gallery of some previous trips! River Wye Residential Trip The River Wye youth club residential was a great success photo's Here Read more
Volunteer Opportunities The Pirate Castle is looking to sign up more volunteers to help us run our services through 2015 and beyond. We are particularly looking for staff in two areas - General Play-scheme / Event Volunteers, plus we also have a vacancy for a Volunteer Marketing Officer. We can offer free training courses in First Aid, Disability and Mental Health Awareness, and there are also opportunities to gain skills in kayaking, canoeing and canal boating should you so wish. Read more