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Dec 092016
 

It’s the end of another year for the John Pinkerton volunteers, the boat crew have now handed the boat over to the maintenance crew for its winter maintenance .

 

During 2016 we have carried over 8000 passengers on 220 trips and parties along the canal mainly from Odiham but also from Fleet.

It has been another great fund raising year as we have raised over £50,000 , this money is now available for the Basingstoke Canal Society to make improvements along the canal.

138 groups or families held events on the John Pinkerton, we have held parties for 9 to 90 year olds, a fantastic party for pirates, wedding receptions as well as groups looking for a peaceful trip along the canal.

The plans for 2017 season are now well advanced, we will be running public trips from Easter to September as well as range of music evenings and the very popular cream tea afternoon trips to Odiham castle accompanied by pianist.

The new season dates will be available soon but it is  already possible to buy gift vouchers for 2017 trips via our website.

If you are looking for unusual venue or a trip along the beautiful Basingstoke Canal please visit our website for more information.

We look forward to seeing you soon aboard the John Pinkerton.

Jun 272016
 

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 A very different party or event venue is available on the John Pinkerton .  The boat can carry 50 passengers and has a bar on board, you can enjoy a glass of chilled wine or a local Ale as you cruise along the Basingstoke canal aboard our beautiful canal boat.

You can decorate the boat to suit your occasion be it for a wedding reception, community group or birthday.  The trips are generally 2.5 to 3 hours and if you choose to go Odiham castle you and your guests can get off the boat to explore the castle or for photographs with the historic ruins as a backdrop.

Odiham Castle

The inside of the boat is very flexible the seating can be arranged to suit the numbers attending, for eating, chatting or dancing. Your skipper will discuss with you the options for setting up the boat .

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You can organise your own catering or link up with one of recommended providers for a cold buffet, cream tea or fish and chips.

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The Motley Crew

The boat will be operated by the Basingstoke canal society volunteers so you can get on with enjoying your event. Contact our booking manager to discuss availability and to book your event.

 

Sep 152015
 
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Spooky crafts and games on the John Pinkerton canal boat with a trip to Odiham Castle. We will be making and flying bats and casting a magic spell. This is the third year for our half term trips and they are back by popular demand. The trip is fancy dress and you will see the our motley crew as witches and wizards. Want to know more check our face book page for our previous trips.

Friday 30th Oct 2015 at 10.30 am Adults £9 and children £6 from Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham Hampshire RG29 1AL

Contact David Horwood 01256 765889 or  email jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk to book

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Apr 272015
 

On Friday May 29th in the May half term we are running two pirate craft and activity trips to Odiham castle. That’s lots to do for children aged 3-9 who enjoy crafts and games.  We are decorating telescopes and making pirate faces and you had better watch out for the shark infested pool. There is a treasure hunt around Odiham castle so get your eye patches and parrots and be ready to set sail.

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Please wear costumes and all children must be accompanied by an adult. More photographs of previous trips are available on our Facebook page.

The pirate trips leave at 10:30am  and again at 2:30 pm.

Tickets need to be booked please call 01256 765889 to save your seats aboard the pirate ship. Ticket prices are Adults £9 and children £6. The trips last 2-2.5 hours leaving from Colt Hill wharf in Odiham and include all activities and crafts.

It is possible to purchase drinks and snacks on board.

Feb 272015
 

How about a delicious cream tea on a trip along the Basingstoke Canal to Odiham Castle . You will be able to enjoy the beautiful canal views whilst listening to a piano accompaniment. Your cruise will be around two and half hours and will be leaving from Colt Hill, Odiham.

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A sunny afternoon cruise enjoying the piano music.

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The traditional tea of scones, jam and cream is served with a choice of tea or coffee. The bar will also be open to purchase other drinks.

The boat is laid with tables for four people we can make slight adjustments but you may be asked to share the table.

Cream Tea, with piano accompaniment
Wednesdays 17th June and 9th September at 2.30pm. A 2-2½ hour trip.
Tickets: £15.

Tickets are limited so don’t delay contact us to book your places , contact the Booking Manager, David Horwood, on 01256 765889 (10am – 8pm), or via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.

 

 

 

Feb 022015
 

John Pinkerton are pleased to announce that the popular music cruises are back in 2015. The trips were very popular last year so it is important to book early. The trips are 3 hours and depart from Colt Hill Odiham.  Tickets are £25 and include Fish and Chip supper delivered to the boat. There will be local Ales and cider available to purchase on board. You can find details

We have something for everyone

With the Excel Jazz men. The 4 piece have been travelling with us for many years and play  traditional Jazz for the trip.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The acoustic duo Still Crazy joined us last year and it was a  very popular trip. They play  varied music and had the whole boat rocking. The Acoustic and Ale trips are in June and September

 

 

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Bob long is a guitarist and harmonica player specializing in early, acoustic numbers and he will be joining us for another trip in July.  http://www.bobalong.co.uk/calendar.html

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Jazz & Ale Special,
Fridays 15th May, 10th July and 21st August at 7.00pm. Tickets: Adults £25, to include jazz band and fish & chips.

Acoustic & Ale Special,
Fridays 5th June and 18th September at 7.00pm.  Tickets: Adults £25, to include band and fish & chips

Cruise with Blues
Friday 24th July at 7.00pm. Tickets: £25, to include guitarist and fish & chips delivered to the boat.

For more information, or to make a booking for any of our trips, contact the Booking Manager, David Horwood, on 01256 76588901256 765889 (10am – 8pm), or via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.

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Spooky crafts and games on the John Pinkerton canal boat with a trip to Odiham Castle. We will be making and flying bats and casting a magic spell. This is the second year for our half term trips and they are back by popular demand. The trip is fancy dress and you will see the our motley crew as witches and wizards. Want to know more check our face book page for our previous trips.

Friday 31 Oct 2014 at 10am and 2pm Adults £9 and children £6 from Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham Hampshire RG29 1AL

Contact David Horwood 01256 765889 or  email jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk to book

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Feb 092014
 

Jazz & Ale Special,

Traditional Jazz evening with Excel Jazzmen

Available on three Fridays: 23rd May, 11th July, 12th September at 7.00pm.

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Tickets: Adults £25, to include jazz band and fish & chips delivered to the boat. Real ale available to purchase.

Book your places by contacting our

Booking Manager,  David Horwood, on 01256 765889 (10am – 8pm), or via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.

Or add to the party atmosphere of your cruise and enjoy a canal boat shuffle with The Excel Jazzmen. For details and bookings 01252 549037

Feb 092014
 

Acoustic & Ale Special,

 Still Crazy acoustic duo

Featuring the music of Eva Cassidy, Fleetwood Mac and Adele

Friday 27th June at 7.00pm.

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Tickets: Adults £25, to include band and fish & chips delivered to the boat. Real ale available to purchase.

Book your places by contacting our

Booking Manager,  David Horwood, on 01256 765889 (10am – 8pm), or via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.

Also available to book for your own cruise by contacting still.crazy@btinternet.com

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