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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


Trips will be subject to covid-safe measures in accordance with government rules and guidance (see home page for details). For the time being, the capacity limit will be 25 passengers (the same as for our public trips)

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 75 minutes to 4 hours.

Family reunions
Office Parties
Wedding Receptions
Club Outings
School Trips

If you would like to have catering, we can put you in touch with the Teashop by the Canal, the café in the Trust’s Stone Building, right on Newbury Wharf (RG14 5AS), who would be happy to provide catering. Click here for menu.  All food must be ordered and paid for in advance (phone 01635 522609). Alternatively, customers are welcome to bring their own food. Please note that serving space is very limited. There is a fully licensed bar on board with wine, beer, cider and lager available. You may bring your own alcoholic drinks only with our prior agreement. A corkage charge would be payable.

Below is just a selection of trips available. We may be able to tailor trips to your requirements. If you have something special or another trip in mind please contact our office.

Northcroft1¼hrsLeave 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.
Guyers Lock1½hrsLeaving 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
A figure of 8+/- 2¼hrsThis charter uses 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 to turn above Ham lock and return to the Wharf. This is a varied trip with lots of interest which can be tailored to your requirements.
Benham Wide3½hrs3.5 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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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.

Timings are approximate and may vary dependent on canal traffic. We recommend that you allow for possible late return when paying for parking.

All trips must be completed by sunset.

If you are interested in booking the boat for a private charter then please call 01380 721279 or email

Download Charter Information

Details of Jubilee Charters 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 visit CRT Explorers

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.