Community Boats at Halloween

Image from: The London Canal Museum

Several of the NCBA members offer themed events at Halloween. This weekend the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association are running Halloween Specials from the Coy Carp, Harefield

There will be sweets for the children and pumpkin pie for the grown-ups. Each trip takes about an hour and costs £5 for adults, £2 for children and £12 for a family.

Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association offer a popular annual Halloween trip through the Islington tunnel, which starts at the London Canal Museum. There’ll be a friendly witch on board the decorated boat and kids will receive free sweets and a glowstick. The community boats will be running the trips on two boats this Saturday and Sunday. Although the trip lasts 50 minutes you will need to allow extra time to visit the canal museum: in my opinion one of London’s best kept secrets.

ReachOut Plus near Hemel Hempstead will be running skippered short cruises aboard their brand new flagship “Sheldrake III” over the half-term. Trips will leave at 9am and 1pm and last about three hours. The cost will be £8.00 Adults /£4.00 Children under 16

Swinton Lock Activity Centre will be opening from 11am until 8pm on Wednesday 31st October with numerous Halloween themed activities. Both of their boats will be doing hourly trips with scary ghost and ghoul stories for the passengers. They have tailored the trips to suit the audience so the day trips will not be as scary as the ones after 6pm where they advise only 14 years plus participate.

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are offering half term Halloween trips on Jubilee. The boat will be suitably decorated and there are drinks and snacks available on the 90 minute trips. The boat leaves from Newbury Wharf. Come dressed to trick and you may get a treat! Tickets are available from the Newbury Tourist Information Centre 01635 30267

Even when there isn’t a festive event the organisations within the NCBA offer a variety of activities, excursions, day trips and holidays to diverse sections of the community.

Find your nearest community boating project and see what they offer for your family; or get involved and volunteer.

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