Take a trip to find Santa on the Trust's narrow boat
We will be “Finding Santa” every weekend from the 2nd and 3rd December to the 16th and 17th December, and then daily up to and including Saturday 23rd December. Booking opens on 7th October 2017.
Work at the new Swindon Borough Council “Canalside” development near Waitrose has meant that Santa will have a new base this year.
“Santa Trips”, on our narrow boat “Dragonfly”, will be operating from a landing stage behind the Esso garage at the bottom of Kingshill Road, SN1 4NG. Car parking is available at The Runner public house Wootton Bassett Road, SN1 4NQ. From the very back of the pub car park, just a short walk will take you to the Kingshill mooring. Just follow the signs.
The change of boarding point is because the canal at Waitrose is drained, to enable work in relation to development on the opposite side of the canal, including a public house.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us plan the Santa Trips this year: Roger Waite on behalf of the Runner Public House for the car parking, a WBCT member for allowing us to use the landing stage at Kingshill, Swindon Borough Council for keeping us informed about the progress of the construction work near Waitrose
Cyan Ellis, WBCT boat team secretary said “this is a really busy time for us, we have to order the presents (from Lapland of course) organise Santa’s helpers to wrap them and ensure we have sufficient skippers and crew to run all the trips. It is a real team effort so, a big “thank you” to all who help and support us”.
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 to Kingshill and return to Waitrose, lasting approximately 50 minutes. Use the postcode SN1 7BX to find the landing stage.
Dragonfly trips run from Easter till the end of summer on Saturdays and Sundays, at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm.
Children £2 (2 to 15 years)
As well as the regular timetable, the boat can be chartered, subject to crew availability, during the week or at weekends. 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.