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Jubilee is a traditional narrowboat purpose built for carrying passengers. It has seating for up to 29 passengers and the sides can be opened up to the fresh air in fine weather, but with protection for colder days. Jubilee is crewed by volunteers of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. A licensed bar, refreshments and a toilet are available on board.

Charters for every occasion

Jubilee complete with fully trained crew is available for hire with trip times to suit you and run for as long as you wish, typically from around 90 minutes to 4 hours. Jubilee is ideal for parties of up to 25, with a maximum passenger limit of 29

Family reunions
Birthdays
Office Parties
Conferences
Wedding Receptions
Club Outings
School Trips

Customers are welcome to bring a picnic or other catering but please note that serving space is very limited. We can also arrange catering for you. There is a fully licensed bar on board with wine, beer, cider and lager available. You may bring your own alcoholic drinks with our prior agreement. A corkage charge would be payable. Please speak to our Charter Manager to discuss any special arrangements.

Charter Trip Options

A wide range of standard trips is available. Some examples are

Name Duration Description
Northcroft 1¼hrs Leave Newbury Wharf, travelling through town and under historic Newbury bridge. Onto Newbury Lock and swingbridge and then out into the countryside as far as Northcroft and then return.
Ham Lock 1¼hrs Leaving the wharf, travelling east past Newbury Marina and through Greenham Lock then on to above Ham Lock where we turn for the return journey.
Guyers Lock 1½hrs Leaving Newbury Wharf, travelling up through historic town under Newbury bridge, through lock and swingbridge and out into the beautiful Berkshire countryside as far as Guyers lock and return
Short figure of 8 2¼hrs A 2¼ hour charter using a figure of 8 journey – From the Wharf we will travel through Newbury lock and swingbridge and out through the countryside to Northcroft where we will turn. We will then travel back past the wharf, through Greenham lock and turn to return to the Wharf. This is a varied trip with lots of interest which can be tailored to your requirements.
Long figure of 8 3hrs As above but extended to Guyers Lock on the westward journey and to above Ham Lock on eastward leg.
Benham Wide 3½hrs 3.5 hour trip leaving Wharf, going west to BenhamWide/Marsh Benham passing through the beautiful Berkshire countryside and rising up 4 locks before our return.

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This is just a selection of trips available. We are also able to tailor trips to your requirements. If you have something special or another trip in mind please contact the Charter Manager

Please note: Jubilee does not have the facilities to load passengers in wheelchairs. All passengers must be able to enter and leave the cabin using the steps at the entrance. The crew will be on hand to offer assistance.

The times shown above are the normal times for these charters, however due to traffic on the canal the trip may overrun. We recommend that you allow for unintentional late return when paying for parking.

All trips must be completed by sunset.

Trips shown are our standard charter trips but we are able to tailor the trips to your requirements. If you have something special in mind or another trip please contact the Charter Manager

The Charter Manager can be contacted on 07716 460562 or by email at jubilee@katrust.org.uk for further information

Download Charter Information

Details of Jubilee Charters can be download here

Charter terms and conditions can be download here

Schools Trips

We can run trips for schools or you can choose the Canals And Rivers Trust Explorer programme. Please contact the Charter Manager if you would like to organise a trip for your school, or for details of school trips through the Canals and Rivers Trust programme select CRT Explorers

You can contact CRT Explorers by phoning 07733 124565 or by email at Elaine.Stanley@canalrivertrust.org.uk

How to find us

Jubilee operates from Newbury Wharf, close to the Stone Building café and Information Centre (RG14 5AS ). Public car parking is available on the wharf.