Saving the day

Good to hear a Bath company helped save the day for one particular attraction at the recent Bristol Harbour Festival.

When the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust’s Youth Boat was unable to get there as planned (due to lock closures on the canal), Bath Narrowboats stepped in to provide their luxury canal boat Topsy instead. 

The K&A Youth Narrowboating Skippers decorated her with festive bunting and spent two days soaking in the Festival atmosphere while inviting people on board to talk about narrow boating for youth groups and also the Bruce Accessible Boats which allow people with limited mobility to experience a holiday on the canal, having wheelchair ramps, lifts, hoists, and even a hospital bed.

Youth Skipper Ali Cannon, of Keynsham, said, “We are very grateful to Bath Narrowboats for letting us use Topsy as our base, and we enjoyed staying on the luxury boat complete with jacuzzi bath – a little different from the youth boats we are used to!”

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a popular destination for canal holidays.  Bath Narrowboats, in the centre of the city, has a range of boats available for hire by the day or week. 

 Bruce Boats, based at Bedwyn near Marlborough, have four wide beam fully accessible boats available for skippered day trips and self-drive holiday hire.

  There are two youth boats on the canal, Falcon Adam near Aldermaston and Lady Hilda at Great Bedwyn, which introduce groups of children and young people to life away from screen time and electronic gadgets. 

For more information about any of the above, contact Ali at