Private & Party Hire

Private hire offers exclusive use of our luxury boat and its facilities, with a cruise tailored to your timings and requirements. The boat is available to hire all year-round, daytime or evening. Perfect for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirements, Staff Outings & more….



Kingfisher is a luxury wide beam boat with a unique range of facilities. On-board you will find a fully licensed bar, dance floor, toilet, multi-media facilities and central heating. There is also an on-board sound surround system which links to an ipod.

Kingfisher is licensed for 60 passengers. There is indoor seating at tables for 48 passengers with extra space at bench seats and outdoors in the bow area. We recommend limiting the guests on board to 48 to ensure comfort and use of the dance floor if required.

Kingfisher comes for hire with our accredited Boat Master and up to two friendly crew members to look after you whilst on board.

The boat is a non-smoking premises however, smoking breaks can be arranged.


The Cruises

Below are our most popular cruise options. Those which mention pub breaks usually include a maximum stop of one hour, and can be shortened if no break is required.


Barton Grange Return Cruises (up to 4hrs)

These scenic northbound cruises feature attractive countryside scenery and views of the Bowland Hills. A pub break at Th’Owd Tithe Barn or The Kenlis Arms can be incorporated into your cruise if required. Cruises can be tailored to meet your needs, from short 1 ¼ hour returns to leisurely 4 hour cruises including a break. Should you require fish and chips on your cruise, we can initially travel southbound to collect your freshly cooked order from Turner’s Chippy at Bilsborrow before heading back north to enjoy the stunning scenery.


Lancaster Lune Aqueduct Return (up to 2 hrs)

A return cruise from the heart of Lancaster, northbound, to the spectacular, recently upgraded, Lune Aqueduct, considered to be one of the wonders of the waterways. This delightful cruise offers breathtaking views of the city skyline. Take a short break to step out onto The Aqueduct and take in the stunning views of the River Lune below and surrounding countryside.


Lancaster-Hasty Brow Return (upto 3 hours)

This cruise takes us Northbound accross the magnificent Lune Aqueduct where you can take in the tsunning countryside and city views, we then continue North towards Hest Bank which gives us breathtaking views accross Morecambe bay and surrounding areas before we tunr the boat in the heart of the countryside at Hasty Brow and head back to Lancaster.


Lancaster-Hest Bank Return (up to 4 hrs)

This cruise offers all the delights of the Lune Aqueduct cruise, and also the tranquil scenery around the village of Hest Bank. A short break can be arranged to take a stroll around the village if desired.


Lancaster Southbound Return (up to 4 hrs)

A stunning cruise along a particularly attractive stretch of the canal, through Deep Cutting, home to wildlife such as kingfishers. A pub break at Galgate’s popular Plough Inn can be arranged before returning to Lancaster.


Food Glorious Food

Complete your cruise with some delicious on-board catering. Choose one of our delicious menus, freshly prepared, delivered to the boat and served to your group. Available for groups of 20 or more when booked in advance. We can cater for special dietary needs and arrange variations to menus as required.

For catering menus please click HERE



Drinks are available to purchase from the licensed bar on board. Please see the list below as a guide only.

Please note: due to licensing restrictions, customers are not permitted to bring their own drinks on board. 

Passengers found with their own alcohol will have it confiscated and will be removed from the boat.


Hot Drinks: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Brandy Coffee

Soft Drinks: assorted cans, J20, Mineral/Tonic/Soda Water,

Lagers, Beers & Ciders: Stella, Kingfisher, John Smiths, Guinness, Strongbow & Magners

Wines: Red/White/Rosé: 185ml or 750ml bottles

Spirits: Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Brandy

Snacks: Biscuits, Pringles, Crisps, Chocolate bars


Welcome Drinks

Specials such as sparkling wines, bucks fizz or champagne can be arranged if booked in advance.

Bucks Fizz - £2.50 per glass

Sparkling Wine - £3.00 per glass

Champagne - £5.00 per glass


On-Board Entertainment

We can provide a range of on-board entertainment options, guaranteed to make your party go with a swing! Whether you want a disco night with DJ, a sing-a-long to tunes from your favourite era, ABBA Nights, Motown Nights, Race nights, quizzes or even Bingo! Just let us know. We can arrange live musical entertainment, children’s entertainers and more. Prices available on request based upon your requirements.  Click HERE to see what we can offer!!

The boat has a great built-in surround sound system, so simply bring along your ipod and play the background music of your choice, or use our well-stocked library of tunes.

You are welcome to theme your cruise as you choose: previous customers have had 1940s cruises, Pirate Parties and Mamma Mia mania! Fancy dress optional, the choice is yours.


Finishing Touches

For special occasions, we can arrange for the boat to be beautifully decorated for you. You may either access the boat prior to departure to decorate it yourself, or we can arrange decoration for you (additional charge, we quote individually based upon your requirements), for ideas click HERE



The boat is a truly unique Wedding Reception venue, and we are happy to work with you to ensure your day is perfect. Please view our Wedding Brochure HERE for full details of the packages available.



As a rough guide, availability is as below. Please contact us with your chosen date and we’ll be happy to confirm location & availability of the boat.




Departures from:



Barton Grange



Barton Grange, Garstang,

Galgate, Lancaster

Tues, Wed & Thurs



Barton Grange


Hire Costs

HIGH SEASON (May-Sept & Dec) £450.00

OFF PEAK (Oct-Nov & Jan-Apr) £350.00

Hire costs are for upto 4 hours hire, if you require a longer cruise then this is charged at £50 per hour 

To secure a booking we require a £50 non-refundable deposit


Contact us today and let us put a package together to make your event as special as possible!


01524 389410


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