Chichester Canal Trip – 6 October 2017

Please make your reservations now for this wonderful outing. Below you will find that others have enormously enjoyed a trip such as ours but we have the added attraction of a commentary by Alan Green, the Old Cicestrians Archivist. He will be explaining the rich history of the canal. It will start from the Canal Basin at 12.30 and last for two hours.

We will be travelling on the ‘Richmond’, a narrow boat that can cater for up to 32 guests. The trip will include lunch and a drink. The cost is only £17.50 and is excellent value for money.

There is the choice of either:
1) A Ploughman’s – cheese and ham salad with tea, coffee, wine or beer
2) Fish and Chips – with tea, coffee, wine or beer.

We very much look forward to seeing you and your friends on the Richmond for this most get together.

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A Traveller’s Review  December 2016

Although having lived in Chichester for many years and walking along the Chichester Canal, I had not been on a boat cruise until just recently.

Along with a group of people, we enjoyed a leisurely trip on board “The Richmond” with a cold, Christmas lunch along with mulled wine, mince pies, tea/coffee and a ‘Christmas Surprise’. It was a relaxing and enjoyable time with a great team of friendly staff to ensure you had a good time.

Boat trips vary from cream teas to fish and chips, Father Christmas trips for children and Easter specials.

We were able to imagine what Turner must have seen in his painting of this canal with the cathedral in the background – depicting the setting sun about to touch the western horizon. His wonderful orb providing a dreamy, lemon-yellow back light for the cathedral’s spire and his spectral schooner, black and skeletal, lying anchored on the newly-completed canal.

Then, it was a highway to the sea, but now a century has gone by since the last barge brought goods to Chichester. The Chichester Canal Trust aims to maintain, preserve and improve the navigation between Chichester and the harbour and provide amenities and attractions for visitors and local people. The Trust depends on volunteers (130), who crew the boats, run the shop (bake cakes) and do restoration and maintenance.

In the last few years, it has undergone a lot of work and more and more visitors are attracted, especially in the summer months.

Please download and print the form below to make your reservation now.

Canal Trip Booking Form