News from the Pirate Castle

Temporary closure from 5th November 2020 Dear Pirates and Friends, As of Thursday 5th of November 2020, in line with the latest government guidance and the second national lockdown, with a heavy heart we have suspended all activities until further notice and The Pirate Castle is temporarily closed. We understand that this news will be disappointing and thank you for your continued support. The team will be working hard behind the scenes to assure The Pirate Castle’s future during these challenging times. Read more
RE-OPENING - THE CANAL BOATS ARE BACK!! We are very happy to say that The Pirate Castle has now re-opened, offering an adapted range of socially distanced services running over the summer, including our popular Summer Holiday Scheme. We're delighted to be able raise the gangplank once again and continue flying the flag for opportunity and adventure on the Regent’s Canal! We look forward to welcoming you all very soon! Read more
Sport England Emergency Funding Great news - we are delighted to announce that Sport England have awarded us a grant of £5,500 towards The Pirate Castle's running costs and helping us recover from our temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a huge boost for our small, local charity and will make a huge difference to keeping The Pirate Castle afloat! Thank you to Sport England from all of our Trustees, staff, colunteers and service users! Read more
Help us raise £s - choose us as your Co-op Local Cause! Please help The Pirate Castle raise doubloons for our youth activities by choosing us as your Co-op local cause. If you're not signed up already, Co-op membership only costs £1 and the more supporters we get, the more money we'll raise. You'll also earn points and get access to lots of special offers, so go online and make us your cause today! 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
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 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