News from the Pirate Castle

Family Day Summer Scheme Boat Trip 2019 The Pirate Castle will be running the final funded Family Day boat trip of the the Summer Holiday Scheme 2019 on Sunday 25th August 14.00 - 17.00 There are currently 6 spaces still available for parents / carers with children or children with parents / carers, at the fantastic price of only £3.00 per person for the three hour trip taking in the locks at Camden, Regent's Park and Little Venice. We hope to hear from you soon! Read more
'Pirate Club' Youth Kayaking Sessions Looking for an affordable, adventurous activity where your kids can learn new skills, make friends and explore a different side of London? Our popular 'Pirate Club' offers kayaking and canoeing sessions for 8-18 year olds, run by professional British Canoeing-accredited instructors. These sessions run throughout the summer and autumn terms: Wednesdays 16:30 - 18:00 and Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30. We fundraise to offer heavily subisidised rates of only £5.00 per session (£3.00 concessions with proof of eligibility). Read more
Boat Handling Experience Days 2019 The Pirate Castle will be running our popular Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2019. These non-certificated one day courses provide friendly, hands-on training with our experienced, NCBA-accredited trainers, covering basic canal boat and lock handling skills. Perfect if you're new to boating, contemplating a boating holiday, or just want to brush up your existing boating skills! Over the day, the courses will cover the following areas: Read more
'Upperdeckers' - Over 50s Kayaking Our popular 'Upperdeckers' over 50s kayaking sessions run every Wednesday during term-time! Kayaking is a low-impact activity that's great fun, sociable and suitable for all. Come and make a splash with us on the most picturesque stretch of the Regent's Canal, get fitter and make new friends. Tea, coffee, biscuits and chit-chat included! Join us at 10:30 on Wednesdays (sessions run 11:00 - 13:00) - only £3.00 per session! Read more
Ways to donate to The Pirate Castle If you'd like to support our community projects 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 to help fund our raft of canal-based community projects - here are some examples of how your donations help keep us afloat and make our work possible: £30 funds a new spray deck or safety equipment for youth and community kayak sessions Read more
Check out our new film! We're incredibly proud and excited to present our fantastic film 'Unlocking the Pirate Castle', created as part of John Lyon's Charity and Media Trust's 2017 Volunteer Film Initiative. Huge Piratical thanks to everyone involved, we couldn't have done it without you all! With special thanks to our super-talented and all-round amazing film-maker, Ellie King! Hope you like it too! YarRr! 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
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
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
Historic photos of the pirate club part 1 12 boats, 10 canoes, 100 members or so, at the Pirate Club on Rosedale at Gilbeys WharfWay before elven safety was invented, you didn't have to h Read more