The Newbury Branch is based at the Stone Building beside the Canal on Newbury’s historic wharf and keeps an eye on the canal from Kintbury to Woolhampton. The Branch’s trip boat Jubilee runs trips from The Wharf throughout the boating season.
If you would like to get involved in the Newbury Branch activities, from crewing the boat to helping at the Festival, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Our trip boat Jubilee has operated in Newbury since 2012. The boat is crewed by trained volunteers who enjoy sharing the delights of the Kennet & Avon canal. Jubilee provides public trips throughout the summer months. We particularly enjoy our themed trips aimed at children such as our Pirate, Halloween and Santa trips.
Teashop by the Canal
The Grade II listed Stone Building in Newbury Wharf houses the Teashop by the Canal. It is open daily for light refreshments, cakes, sandwiches, ice creams and canal gifts.
With outdoor seating overlooking the canal it’s the perfect place to enjoy the waterway, waving to the boats as they pass by.
The John Gould Room
Opened in 2014, the John Gould Room is upstairs above the cafe at the Stone Building. Designed as a Canal Information Centre, you can find out more about the canal from past to present. The room is a result of many hours of work by volunteers; from ideas and design, though woodwork and painting, to content and pictures and much in between.
The John Gould Room is open to the public during the cafe opening times, unless there is a function taking place.
If you would like to hire the space for a meeting or special occasion please call Jill Staig 01635 47392.
Newbury Waterways Festival
Most years, we organise the Newbury Waterways Festival, which is held on a weekend in July in Victoria Park by kind permission of Newbury Town Council. The main event is on the Sunday when Victoria Park is filled with trade and charity stalls with entertainment for all the family. We arrange a colourful flotilla of boats to moor alongside the Park. The branch raises a significant amount for Trust funds through the festival.
The next Festival is due to take place in 2024.
Newbury Branch AGM
The Newbury Branch AGM will take place on TBC at the Stone Building in Newbury. Everyone is welcome to come along; you don’t have to be a member of the Trust to attend.