News from the Pirate Castle

Boat Handling Experience Days 2017 The Pirate Castle will be running a series of Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2017. 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
Family Day Canal Boat Trips Summer 2017 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
Refurbishment Update - January 2017 Thanks to a Section 106 community grant from Camden Council, renovations at The Pirate Castle are well under way and we're on target to re-open in March 2017! Along with improving our facilities and community spaces, the Council's grant has allowed us to renew our kayak fleet and replace our ageing narrowboat, so that even more people can get involved and enjoy our unique approach to learning, adventure and community on the Regent's Canal! Watch this space for further updates... Read more
Thanks To Our Supporters Our trustees, staff, volunteers and Pirates young and old would like to thank our donors for their generous support, which enables us to provide our core programme of charitable and community activities. As well as the companies, trusts, foundations and charities listed below, we also recognise the many individuals who make regular and one-off donations. A huge "thank you" to you all! We are particularly grateful to the following donors who generously supported our work in 2016 and early 2017 : Read more
Black Pearl - a new boat for Christmas! Thanks to S106 funding from Camden Council, we are proud to introduce the newest addition to The Pirate Castle fleet! Black Pearl is a stunning, 57 foot long narrowboat with a modern, well-equipped interior and one the longest, most spacious foredecks we have ever seen on a narrowboat - perfect for watching the canalscape unfold around you! Read more
Funded 'Rosedale' cruises To complement our ambition for an inclusive, active community we have introduced the Rosedale Scheme to assist registered charities, community organisations and voluntary groups whose stated aims and objectives are to enhance people's social/physical wellbeing and/or to provide educational/training opportunities to help improve their longer-term prospects, but who lack funds to engage in activities that support these aims. Read more
Ways to donate to The Pirate Castle If you'd like to support our charitable work and help make a difference, donating 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
Pirate Activity Days for Schools The enthusiastic Pirate Castle team run day-long Pirate-themed activity days specifically designed for school groups. Read more
Angel Festival The annual Angel Canal Festival http://www.angelcanalfestival.org/ 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

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