News from the Pirate Castle

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
Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 Avast me hearties, International Talk Like a Pirate Day be approachin' faster than a frigate in the mist! All around the world and even hundreds of miles above it, people celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19th. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, piratical fun of it. It’s been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents – yes, even at the South Pole – and on the International Space Station! Read more
Summer Holiday Scheme 2016 The Pirate Castle's Summer Holiday Scheme 2016 is running from Monday July 25th to Friday September 2nd. There'll be plenty of fun, adventure and splashing about throughout the holidays, with activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, Canal boating, Fishing, drama workshops 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). 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
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