School groups at Basingstoke Canal

Self-led activities are available for school groups

To book or for further information contact the Visitor Services Officer


  • Equipment hire - £25
  • Boat trips – please enquire


  • Boat trips 

    Take a trip down the canal aboard our 12 seater boat Rosebud to see lots of wildlife on the canal.

    Trips vary in length from half an hour to an hour depending on numbers.

    Subject to boat and skipper availability.

  • Mini Beast Hunt

    This session involves catching and identifying the different types of mini beasts. The hunt focuses on three different areas, then there is the chance to compare the mini beasts that live in each area. 

    Time: 45 minutes - self led

  • Nature Walk

    Take a stroll along the towpath looking and identifying the different animals, insects and plants.

    Time: 45mins - self led

  • Pond Dipping

    An opportunity to have an in-depth look at the variety of creatures that live in a pond.

    Instructions on pond dipping and help with identifying the different creatures found and the adaptations that they have for life in the water.

    Time: 1 hour - self led

  • Sketching

    This activity gives the opportunity to sketch the canal, wildlife and the boats around the canal centre.

    Time: 45 minutes - self led