Please help to keep us afloat!

Most of our income comes from providing public trips, but we have not been able run these for most of the past year. However, we still have bills to pay – insurance, licence, safety inspections, etc, even when there is no money coming in!

You can help to keep Still Waters afloat so that we will still be here in the future to offer trips to the public, schools, disadvantaged groups, etc.

If you would like to help us, please see the next post for our new GoFundMe link.

Short Sunday trips are back!

We are open for our normal Sunday public boat trips again! (Please check our social media for our latest departure information.)

To get to the boat, please use the gate at the side of the museum. Parking is available near the gate.

We depart on Sundays at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm.
(Fares: £5 adults and £3 child).

Please pre-book your tickets online for all cruises if you can.

Health & Hygiene
We’ve implemented a lot of changes, most notably we will be operating at a reduced capacity, were we can ensure we are following social distancing guidelines at all times, we have access to the LATEST DEFRA & MCA approved guidelines. 

1) We will be conducting disinfection of all touchpoints including handrails, door handles,  and seats, before, and after each trip. 

2)  We have hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrance to the  boat for our passengers to use as they board and disembark. 

3)  At this moment in time, Government advice does not require you to wear a face mask whilst travelling with us but please feel free to do so. 

4) There are currently no toilet facilities available on board the boat or at Portland Basin Museum.

We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and support.

New Extended Trips

Sunday 20th September

Join us aboard Narrow Boat Still Waters, for a 1 hour 30 minute relaxing cruise, along the Historic Ashton Canal from Portland Basin to Lumb lane Basin in Audenshaw, including return to Portland Basin.

Sit back relax, and enjoy the  tranquil setting of one England’s Historic Inland Waterways. 
12.00 noon to 1.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm 

Adults £10 Children £6

Click on the link to book your places and pay securely by card.

Please note UK Government legislation effective 14th September 2020 states that groups / social bubbles must not exceed six individuals. Availability of places on board is reduced to ensure social distancing.

Please don’t forget to wear your face covering.

We’re back!

From 12th July we are running our Sunday public boat trips again!

While Portland Basin Museum remains closed at the moment, please use the gate at the side of the museum to get to the boat. Parking is available near the gate.

We depart at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm.

Please note the following guidelines and changes:-

1) All seats and handrails will be sanitised between trips.

2) You must bring and wear a face covering (as with all current public transport journeys).

3) There are currently no toilet facilities available on board the boat or at Portland Basin Museum.

4) Payment preferred via contactless card (£5 adults and £3 child).

5) We are reducing our current passenger capacity from 50 to a max of 12 persons per trip (excluding Crew) so there will be plenty of room for social distancing in accordance with current Government recommendations.

If you would like to reserve a space on one of the three Sunday trips please send us an email ( or message via Facebook with the number of people you wish reserve for and the time slot, we will then confirm by return message.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.


School Summer Holidays!

School Holidays are here, so we will be running 40 minute public boat trips from Portland basin Museum on:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
12.30, 1.30 & 2.20 pm.
£5 adult, £3 child – pay on board.
(Subject to crew availability.)