Seth Ellis, will be running Santa Special trips every Saturday and Sunday from 24th November to 23rd December and on Monday 24th December.
All leave from the Hop Pole on the A620, Welham Road, DN22 6UG.
A present for every child and a mince pie and a drink for every adult.
£7 per person.
For bookings, ring 07925 851569 or email

Seth Ellis is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers. Purpose built in 2005, she has a galley for serving hot and cold drinks, a toilet and central heating as well as large opening windows all around. A large cruiser-style stern makes getting on and off the boat easy. Access to the passenger cabin is down a short flight of steps.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic, or we can stop at a canalside pub. Passengers may have a go at steering, under the supervision of our crew.

From our base in Retford, you can charter the boat on a choice of routes. We move to other locations for some weekend trips. For full details, see below.


Information, Booking and Payments

For bookings and information, please ring 07925 851569 or email .

When you book your trip, please make sure you select the correct trip length as this determines the cost. Having made your booking, you can pay by cash, cheque or online. For online payments, you can either use a Paypal account or a regular debit or credit card.

To pay online please click here.


Charters and Special Trips 2018

Charters may be booked for any day of the week in any month of the year.
All charters depart from the Hop Pole Public House, Welham Road, Retford DN22 6UG.
N.B. These prices are for up to 12 passengers.

Gate Inn, Clarborough, to Grove Road Retford :: 1 lock each way :: 2hrs :: £100

West Retford Lock ::  2 locks each way :: 2hrs  :: £100

Boat Inn Hayton :: 1 lock each way :: 2½hrs :: £125

Embankment, through Retford :: 2 locks each way :: 2½hrs :: £125

Gate Inn, Clarborough to Woodcocks Bridge :: 3 locks each way :: 3hrs :: £150

Clayworth without stop :: 1 lock each way :: 3½hrs :: £175

Clayworth with 30min stop :: 1 lock each way :: 4hrs :: £200

Forest Top Lock :: 5 locks each way :: 5hrs :: £250

Chequers Inn, Ranby, 20 min stop Barnby Wharf :: 6 locks each way :: 6½hrs :: £325

Drakeholes, 20 min stop at Clayworth :: 1 lock each way :: 7hrs :: £350

Chequers Inn, Ranby, with 1½hr stop :: 6 locks each way :: 8hrs ::  £400

Drakeholes, 1hr picnic stop, plus 20 min Clayworth :: 1 lock each way :: 8hrs ::  £400


Special trips 2018

May 7th
From Retford Town Lock (30 mins, £3.50)

May 26th, 27th & 28th
From the Chequers Inn, Ranby (2hr, £10)

June 2nd & 3rd
From the Gate Inn at Clarborough (60 mins, £6)

June 23rd & 24th
From the Boat Inn at Hayton (90 mins, £7)

July 14th & 15th
From the Chequers Inn, Ranby (2hr, £10)

July 29th
Pirate Trips from the Hop Pole, Retford (30 mins, £7)

August 4th & 5th
From Drakeholes via the tunnel to Shaw Lock (2½ hr, £12)

August 12th
Pirate Trips from the Hop Pole, Retford (30 mins, £7)

August 25th, 26th & 27th
From the Chequers Inn, Ranby (2hr, £10)

September 8th
From Retford Town Lock (45 mins, £5)

Weekends in November and December
Santa Special Trips from the Hop Pole, Retford. (£7) Bookings open on 1st September.