Dragonfly is a great way to see the restored section of the canal in Swindon.
Dragonfly is of traditional construction, having a steel hull and superstructure. She can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew, has plenty of room inside and with heating and a table, is ideal for parties or meetings, even if the weather is poor. When the weather is good, there is also plenty of room for passengers outside the cabin. She has a galley with hob, fridge and sinks. The engine has sound reduction for a smooth, quiet experience.
There is a wheelchair lift to allow people who use a wheelchair or have a mobility problem to access the boat from the landing stage.
Trips normally run from the landing stage at Waitrose, Wichelstowe, Swindon, but with the temporary closure of the canal we are operating from our landing stage near the bottom of Kingshill in Swindon. To find it, park at the far end of the car park at The Runner pub on Wootton Bassett Road, Swindon SN1 4NQ. Click here to find The Runner
Follow the signs saying 'Boat Trips'; it is a 5 minute walk from there to the canal.
We will resume our trips from Waitrose once the canal is re-opened, and this site will be updated. At the time of writing this is expected to be some time in May 2019.
Weekend public trips will resume from Saturday April 6th. They run at 10.30, 11.45, 13.30, 14.45. Fares are £6 for adults, £3 for children. You can just turn up on the day, but if you want to be certain, please book via the contacts at the bottom of the page.
The boat can be chartered, subject to crew availability, during the week or at weekends. It is It is popular for birthday and anniversary parties, including pirate parties, club meetings and get togethers, in the day or summer evenings. Plenty of notice is good to make it easier to find crew. Charter fees are £60 for one hour, £90 for two hours.