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Charter Trips

Sit back and enjoy our fantastic waterway. Our private cruises are great for groups, families and parties for up to 43 guests. All our bookings include a qualified skipper and friendly crew, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the cruise. 

Please note: Our charter trips are currently only available to single household groups. See our latest Covid-19 information.

Flexible for You

Charter trips can be arranged for any day of the week with timings to suit you. 

An all-day trip would allow for a cruise from the vessel’s base at Paper Mill Lock to see the impressive Sea Lock at Heybridge Basin; or the regenerated basin at Springfield and back to base. The minimum period is 2 hours. 

All vessels are wheelchair and push-chair friendly. See prices for group bookings

Food & Drink

When you book your celebration or a group outing on board our larger boat, Victoria, we can provide food and drinks on board as well as a licensed bar serving hot and cold drinks. See our full catering menu.

Our boats

Victoria

Up to 43 Guests

Victoria is perfect for wedding receptions, celebrations and group outings. The boat can accommodate up to 36 guests seated for food or 43 standing and includes a qualified skipper and crew. Our licensed bar also serves hot and cold drinks. Trips depart from Paper Mill Lock.

Albert

Up to 12 Guests

Albert is a 13.7m narrowboat, ideal for families and groups of up to 12 people and includes a trained skipper (with crew if necessary) and normally operates from Paper Mill Lock.

Blackwater Dawn

Up to 12 Guests

Blackwater Dawn is a widebeam trip boat for up to 12 people with an open forward seating area. Normally operating daily ticket trips from Daisy Meadow Car Park at Heybridge Basin, from Easter until the end of September. Also available for charter bookings and early evening hire.

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Departure locations

Paper Mill Lock

North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 4BS

Heybridge basin

Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, CM9 4RW

Book Your Cruise

Contact us to find out more about our cruises and to book your celebration or outing on one of our boats.

  • Customise your cruise
  • Explore our tranquil Navigation
  • Experience the rural Essex countryside

Call 01245 226 245 or email victoria@waterways.org.uk.

FAQs

Victoria (36 seated, 43 standing)
2 hours £325  
Extra hours £150 per hour
(4 hours maximum cruising)

Albert and Blackwater Dawn (up to 12 people)
2hours: £160 Saturdays and Sundays – £150 Mondays to Fridays
3hours: £200 Saturdays and Sundays – £190 Mondays to Fridays
4hours: £240 Saturdays and Sundays – £230 Mondays to Fridays

Bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit (usually 50% of the cost). Balance and food orders will be required 21 days before your trip.

When you book your celebration or a group outing on board our larger boat, Victoria, we can provide food and drinks on board as well as a licensed bar. All menu prices are per person.  Platters are served as a buffet.

CREAM TEAS

Hand-baked scone with butter, jam and clotted cream  with your choice of tea or coffee – £6.75        

AFTERNOON TEA

Assorted freshly made  sandwiches, and a  selection of home made cake, served with your choice of tea or coffee – £9.95

PLOUGHMAN’S

Ham or cheese, with salad, pickles and coleslaw served with crusty French bread – £8.95

OUR BUFFETS

Buffet option 1

  • A delicious selection of freshly made sandwiches (ham and mustard, roast beef and horseradish, turkey and cranberry, tuna mayonnaise and cucumber, cheese and pickle, egg cress and salad)
  • cocktail sausage rolls
  • chicken assortment (e.g. breaded goujons, skewers, barbecue wings)
  • cocktail sausages
  • cheese and pineapple
  • cheese and cherry tomato sticks
  • selection of mini quiches, (e.g. cheddar and roasted onion, cheese and tomato)
  • eastern selection (onion rings, spicy vegetable samosas, vegetable spring rolls with mango dip)
  • crisps and nuts

£12.95

Buffet option 2

  • A delicious selection of freshly made sandwiches (ham and mustard, roast beef and horseradish, turkey and cranberry, tuna mayonnaise and cucumber, cocktail sausage rolls,
  • open bridge rolls (smoked salmon, cream cheese, egg and cress, tuna mayo & cucumber), 
  • king size tiger prawns with seafood sauce dip,
  • assorted quiche,
  • goujons of haddock with tartare sauce,
  • vegetable crudités,
  • chicken assortment (e.g. breaded goujons, skewers, barbecue wings),
  • cocktail sausage rolls,
  • eastern selection ( onion rings, spicy vegetable samosas, vegetable spring rolls with mango dip),
  • fresh fruit platter,
  • bite size fresh cream pastries,
  • crisps, nuts and cheesy biscuits 

£14.95

DESSERTS

Choose from our delicious selection of cheesecakes, tarts, served with cream from £5.50

You can book our boats for your wedding reception and Victoria is perfect transport from Ulting Church.

We are fully equipped to accommodate wheelchair users but would be grateful to have as much advance information as possible as to the number of wheelchairs likely in order that seating arrangements can be prepared for you to enjoy your trip.  

Please note:  Victoria and Albert do not cruise when the Navigation is in flood as the boat cannot pass under bridges. Should this occur Victoria or Albert may be used as a static venue at Paper Mill Lock at 50% of the trip cost. Alternatively a full refund will be offered.  It is more unusual for the Navigation to be in flood at Heybridge Basin, but should this occur, the same terms apply for Blackwater Dawn.

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