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. As Dragonfly is a narrowboat, we are unable to accept more than one wheelchair per trip, and motorised wheelchairs take up too much space to allow for emergency evacuation.
Trips previously ran from the landing stage at Waitrose, Wichelstowe, Swindon. However with the temporary closure of the canal by Waitrose, we will be operating slightly shorter trips from our landing stage near the bottom of Kingshill in Swindon. Please park at the rear of the car park at the Runner public house, Wootton Bassett Road, Swindon SN1 4NQ and follow the short, signposted, walk to the canal towpath. At the time of writing there is a technical problem with Dragonfly, but we anticipate resuming public trips on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from early April. We also welcome bookings from groups of up to 12 as Charters – see below.
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. Hire costs are £50 for one hour, £80 for two hours. We are also considering offering 'special', themed, charters, e.g. cream teas, coffee & cake, history lectures as well as our existing Pirate Parties. These will be advertised separately, here and on our Facebook page - Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Friends and Volunteers.