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Tooley’s Boat Trips to continue till the end of October!

Tooley’s Boatyard, the fascinating ‘hidden jewel’ in the heart of Banbury, has decided to extend the season for their popular boat trips through to the 30th October.

Each Saturday there will be two 40-minute trips on the Oxford Canal in their own purpose-built narrowboat the Dancing Duck. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see inside the boatyard and take in some of its rich history – it has been operating continuously since 1778!

The shop will also be open, selling a wide range of souvenirs and gifts – worth knowing with Christmas not that far away! One idea might be a voucher, for a forge course perhaps, or a boat handling course?  Or even a special skippered boat trip.

On the final day of the season, the 30th, the Old Forge will also be open and working, with one of our forgemasters demonstrating the traditional skills of iron-forming, and tea and cakes will also be available.

All trips can be booked on our website.

Throughout the winter months the boatyard, shop, and chandlery will continue to open and can be contacted Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Boat handling courses, boat hire, skippered boat trips, forge courses and boatyard services are available throughout the year. Use the website contact form or phone 01295 272917 to discuss your requirements and place a booking.

The boat trips are being organised by Tooley’s Boatyard Trust, a charitable organisation run by a group of local waterways enthusiasts, who are passionate about sharing the dry dock’s rich history with fellow boaters and the wider community.

John Madden, Chair of Tooley’s Boatyard Trust, said: “The regular Saturday boat trips have proved so popular that we decided to extend the season through to October to give even more people the chance to experience the Canal and its historic Boatyard .”

Situated Canalside in the heart of Banbury Town Centre, halfway between the new retail space Lock29 and the actual canal lock no. 29; Tooley’s is home to one of the oldest working dry docks in England and is listed as a nationally important Scheduled Monument by Historic England.

Following the summer boat tours, the Trust is working towards unveiling new visitor attractions in 2022. Revamped exhibitions and new events will create a fantastic customer experience full of rich local history and exciting activities, with something for visitors of all ages.

To reserve a seat on the  Saturday boat trips, or for more information about Tooley’s Boatyard, please visit or call 01295 272917.