DAYHIRE cruising is now available every day except Mondays and Fridays.

We offer a sensible socially distanced handover without too much fuss whilst observing prevailing government & industry guidelines.

HOLIDAY HIRE from 10th July

The canals have re-opened for holiday hire. Due to a lock stoppage at Wootton Rivers, due to finish on Thursday 9th July, White Horse Boats are recommencing holiday hiring from Friday 10th July.

For Holiday/Short Break Hirers who are already booked with us after 10th July 2020 your hire should be able to proceed as originally planned, subject to prevailing social distancing advice at the time. If you are isolating/shielding and cannot take your holiday this year we offer a free transfer of your holiday to another date later in the year or to 2021 without extra charge (unless of course you choose to move to a more expensive period such as Summer Holiday).

Holiday Makers from Overseas If you were due to travel to us from abroad, but now can not due to restrictions or cancelled flights, we will refund your holiday and hope that you will be able to visit in safer times.

The latest update from the CRT brings the news we have been waiting for!!

To Business Boating customers, We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced relaxations to restrictions allowing many waterway businesses to re-open in England from 4 July!
It is great news that boating is included in the latest changes, which is 
reward for all the work that the sector has done to raise the issue along with the Trust and other navigation authorities. Whilst many boating businesses are now permitted to operate in some capacity, provided they can follow the new social distancing guidelines and hygiene measures, we know that some are still waiting for confirmation and we continue to actively make the case for their resumption. We’ll keep you up to date on any further clarification we receive from DEFRA.
 
Day hire and watersports providers have now been operating in some capacity for around a month and 
report strong demand. We are also aware a number of roving traders and a small number of fixed trade boats have been able to restart trading as takeaway only, within social distancing and hygiene limits.

All in all, it is extremely encouraging to see boating activity now returning to the canal. We’ll be doing all we can to further promote your businesses, with our latest PR campaign (to be announced shortly) highlighting the benefits of booking boating holidays and experiences this summer.
 
That said, we are acutely aware of the impact the closures have had/are having on waterway businesses, and we are of course continuing efforts to persuade DEFRA and central Government for a waterway specific financial aid package. We are 
continuing to lobby and intend another letter will be sent this week to the Waterways Minister, and our Chief Executive and Chair are due to meet with her next week.
 
In the meantime, and in an effort to help businesses where we can, the Trust can confirm the business boat 
‘free licence period’ will be extended for those affected:
 

  • For the period 1 July to 30 September, Hotel Boat, and Passenger Boat licences will be waived. 
  • Self Drive Holiday Hire, Fixed Location Trade Boat, and Static Letting licences will be waived for one further month (to 31 July) with licence fees applied for the period from 1 August.


The changes to licences will be live from 1 July. Full details on how the concession works and information for those who have decided to take their boats off the water, will be available in FAQ format here from 1 July. Alternatively, please contact your business boating manager.
 
We hope this additional support from the Trust reflects the current situation and our commitment to stand alongside our waterway business partners.

Kind regards,
The business boating team,
Canal & River Trust

Please note that, with regret, we are not able to offer refunds (in line with our Booking Conditions) since the circumstances in which we find ourselves are outside of our control. In common with all small hospitality businesses we are trying to survive this unprecedented situation (with the support of our bankers) so that we can continue to trade once the crisis has passed. We would appreciate your support and understanding.

As we are working from home, please contact us by email and we will reply or call you as soon as we can.

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