Easter cruises on the Chesterfield Canal

THE Chesterfield Canal Trust will be running lots of special sailings for Easter at Hollingwood Hub, Chesterfield and Worksop.


On Saturday March 31, there will be trips on Madeline from Hollingwood Hub (S43 2PF) accompanied by the Easter Bunny. Every child will receive an Easter Egg, with a drink and a hot-cross bun for adults. There will also be a picture trail. All tickets cost £7. Booking essential, ring 01629 533020.

On Easter Saturday and Sunday (March 31-April 1), there will be Easter cruises on John Varley from Tapton Lock in Chesterfield (S41 7JB). Easter Eggs, crafts and activities for children, drinks and hot-cross buns for adults. All tickets cost £7. Book in advance by ringing 01629 533020, or just turn up and pay on the day.

And on Easter Sunday and Monday April  1-2), there will be trips on Hugh Henshall from the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop (S80 1TJ) accompanied by the Easter Bunny. Every child will receive an Easter Egg, with a drink and a hot-cross bun for adults. All tickets cost £7. Booking essential, ring 0114 360 0460.

Spring cruises

Also, running from the first weekend in April, the Madeline offers two-hour trips from Hollingwood Hub until October. The hub is the home of the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Katey’s Coffee Shop. Madeline belongs to the local Eckington School and the boat was completely fitted out by its pupils and staff. It was launched in 2014 and the Trust uses it as a tripboat, with the takings split with the school.

Running every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from May 6 is the one-hour trip from Worksop as part of the Hugh Henshall cruises this year. An interesting feature of the trip to Ranby is the former Pickford’s warehouse, which stands next to the canal in the town centre. Hugh Henshall is also offering an Easter Bunny special trip from the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop on April 1 and 2, for £7 a ticket.

The Hugh Henshall offers easy disabled access too, and can handle large wheelchairs. The boat promises to be a smooth trip as it runs silent electric power.

The Trust is also offering two-hour trips on the John Varley every Sunday morning at 10am from April 8 until October. Alternatively, John Varley is offering shorter 45 minute trips every hour from 12pm until 3pm at £4.50. Both of these public trips leave from Tapton Lock. The cruise was launched in 2016 and has a wheelchair lift for disabled access.

Seth Ellis is offering 30 minute trips from Retford Town Lock on May 7 for £3.50, and 2-hour trips from the Chequers Inn, Ranby on May 26 for three consecutive days for £10.The historic waterfront has benefited from recent improvements and visitors can enjoy refreshments in the former 18th century warehouse. Seth Ellis is also offering hour-long trips from the Gate Inn at Clarborough on June 2 and 3 for £6. Seth Ellis is available for charters throughout the year as well as these trips.

Ticket prices vary depending on the tripboat. For more information or to book, contact Madeline on 07811 160631, Hugh Henshall on 0114 360 0460, John Varley on 01629 533020 and Seth Ellis on 07925 851569 or online at www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk