News from the Pirate Castle

New! Over 50s Kayaking Our new 'Upperdeckers' kayaking sessions for over 50s starts on Wednesday 6th March 2019 and will run every Wednesday during term time, 11am to 1pm. Only £3.00 per session! 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! 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
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
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
After School Kayaking Returns for Summer! Now that summer's getting closer it's time to get active, have fun and gain skills on the waterway with The Pirate Castle! We're delighted to announce the return of our ever-popular kayaking club for 8-16 year olds, starting this Thursday 11th May between 4.30 - 6pm. These sessions will run every Thursday until the end of summer term. We fundraise to offer a heavily subisidised rate of only £3.00 per session and strongly recommend pre-booking to guarantee a place, although some drop-in spaces will be available for every session. Read more
Looking smart for 2017! The builders, electricians, plumbers and decorators have been keeping busy over winter and we're getting ready to re-launch in March. In the meantime, here's a sneak peak at how our refurbishment works are coming along! Entrance to the Main Hall Amazing new floor in the Main Hall 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
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 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