Book a boat holiday

Jubilee is our new, purpose-built boat designed for fully-accessible self-hire holidays, complete with skipper if you need. Read more

Book a wellbeing trip

Recharge with one of our restorative activities to support positive mental health. Read more

Corporate Fundraising

Corporate fundraising is a great way of boosting morale, creating a team spirit, increasing your public profile, and ticking the corporate social responsibility box, all whilst having some fun. Read more

Meetings with a difference!

Partnerships with us offer more than fundraising ventures! We provide workplace opportunities and employee volunteering days, as well as unique corporate canal boat trips. Read more

Princes Trust 2022 Testimonial

We received the following feedback from the Prince's Trust in 2022 following their participation at the Trust Read more

Case studies

The Trust’s work has a positive impact on everyone, from those who sail on the boats, to the volunteers who make it happen, and particularly on the young people learning the ropes. Read more here about their progress and their experiences at the Trust. Read more

Unbox your Future

Unbox Your Future offers young people a stimulating 4-week training programme that helps them learn about working in an organisation like the Peter Le Marchant Trust. Students discuss roles and responsibilities, and learn hospitality skills that they then use on an actual boat trip. Read more

Well-being and the waterways

We team up with other organisations including the Canal and River Trust, the National Citizen Service, Prince’s Trust and Loughborough Sea Cadets to facilitate an exciting range of opportunities. This might include a series of workshops and passenger experiences, to teaching young people about the history of canals and boats and what it takes to keep them shipshape. This year, we have another action-packed schedule of events. Read more

How do you help young people?

We launched our 'Young People's Project' in 2018 to encourage young people to get involved in volunteering. We’re always on the lookout for mentors to help in these areas. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved. Read more

Come and learn new skills

Increase your confidence, boost your self-esteem, develop social skills, and enhance your CV with solid work experience by choosing to volunteer as little or as much time as you’d like. Here are just some of the activities you can get involved in: Crewing on boat trips Painting Gardening Boat maintenance Towpath litter picking Event preparation Fundraising activities For more information, contact us. We’d love to hear from you. Read more

We need your help

A diverse range of people and skills keep the boats afloat, whether it’s crewing on day trips, preparing our seasonal events, fundraising, maintaining our award-winning gardens, marketing, providing cultural workshops, or providing mentoring for our young volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch here. Read more

Train to be Skipper

We are always on the lookout for new skippers. We have over 30 qualified helms all of whom comply with Maritime and Coastal Agency statutory standards. We offer a thorough induction programme and provide on-going training. If you’re already qualified, we’d also love to hear from you. Please get in touch to find out more. Read more

Get Involved

The interests and skills of our volunteers range far and wide, from a love of boating, to caring for people, to enjoying the camaraderie of working as a team, and lots more. There is never a dull day! Speak to us about getting involved. We’d love to hear from you. Read more

Our boats

Instead of narrow boats, we operate two broad-beam boats, Serenade and Symphony, for our day trips. They are 4-feet (1.2m) wider than narrow boats and offer more comfort and facilities to our passengers. They include hydraulic lifts for wheelchair users, and take up to 26 passengers. We also have a self-hire narrow boat, Jubilee, launched in 2022, to give wheelchair users an unforgettable holiday on the waterways. Read more

Our aim

Our aim is to provide a positive and enriching experience aboard our boats, to allow the joy and tranquillity of the waterways to be accessible to everyone regardless of financial, physical and social constraints. People stepping aboard our boats can step away from their everyday lives and take in the simple pleasures of nature and enjoy the unique calmness that being on the water brings. Read more

Our boats are open to everyone

Here are the main groups we serve – Anyone living with ill health, disabilities, or mental health conditions People caring for others Schools in support of their curriculum Older people Those living in care Groups experiencing social difficulties, such as NEET Community and faith groups Read more