Basingstoke Canal

Santa Cruise 2016 - SOLD OUT

Climb aboard our boat Rosebud and take a gentle cruise to the start of the tinsel trail in the woods. Little ones lead the way and follow the trail to find Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special gift! Cruise back to the Centre and head into Santa’s Workshop for Christmas colouring activities, warm drinks and mince pies for all!

Booking essential

  • £14 per person weekends, evenings and school holidays.

  • £11 per person for all other trips

  • Book from 9am 26 September

  • Tickets available at the Canal Centre, Mytchett or call us on 01252 370073

Tips for booking

  • Please be advised that this event books up extremely quickly!

  • There are maximum number of 12 spaces per trip.

  • To speed up the booking process please have a few dates in mind, along with the names and ages of the children and the number of adults attending.

Useful information for the day of the trip

  • Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the boat is due to depart, unfortunately due to the nature of the event the boat can not wait for late arrivals.

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear.

  • Please bring a camera - Father Christmas loves to have his photo taken!

  • For the evening trips we will provide torches for the children (and some of the adults).

On the calendar below, scroll to December.

The calendar will be updated at the end of each day, please contact the office for current availability, telephon 01252 370073.

Terms and Conditions

  • There are a maximum of 12 spaces per trip.

  • There is a maximum booking of 12 spaces per person.

  • No provisional bookings. Bookings over the phone must be confirmed by payment with Credit/debit Card.

  • Unfortunately we do not except American Express.

  • We regret that bookings cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase. We will offer a refund if we are able to sell the spaces to another family or if the Basingstoke Canal Authority (BCA) cancel the trip.

  • No refund will be offered should the customers be running late and the boat has departed on time.

  • A 50% refund will be offered should there be a fault with the boat and is out of service. The group will be led to the grotto from the canal centre walking along the gold tinsel trail. The group will still spend the same amount of time with father Christmas in his grotto.

  • Changes after the booking will be charged a £5 admin fee. Any changes on the day of the trip will be charged a £10 admin fee.

  • It is the responsibility of the customer to make note of the time and date of the trip when booking.

  • Evening trips start from 4pm.

  • Maximum age of 10 years.

  • Children over the age of one have to be legally allocated a space, therefore will be charged at full rate.

  • We regret that we cannot accept any additional presents. All presents handed out by Father Christmas are supplied by the BCA only.

  • We do not allow any walkers when there is space on the boat, at the time of booking an on the day of the trip.

  • Adult participation is required – this is a Father Christmas rule.

  • Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor weather. Be aware of the naturally occurring hazards in a wood, such as exposed tree roots in pathways and low hanging branches.

  • The children’s behaviour is the responsibility of the attending adult/s. Should the child/children not behave in an appropriate manner and considerably lower the enjoyment of others, the adult/s will be asked to remove the child/children from the grotto.

  • Only assistance dogs are allowed into the Yurt.

  • Dogs are only allowed on the boat should nobody else objects.

  • Smoking is not permitted on the boat or in the grotto.

  • The BCA reserve the right to refuse entry.




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