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Beatrice at Froghall

 40th anniversary: the first Beatrice was launched in July 1978 by Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal. The current boat was launched in 1999. To celebrate we are running an anniversary raffle, the draw to take place on 29 July. If you would like tickets please contact us on

We are delighted that the process of refurbishing the boat will be completed this winter. Over the past four years there have been many improvement, with a new engine, floor and central heating system going in last winter. But we have now received a legacy donation from the Columbus Fellowhip, which is closing after nearly 60 years of excellent work with young people, and this will fund a new lift, improved disabled facilities in the bathroom, improvements to the cockpit and some changes to the electrical system. In addition we will be replacing the tired front-deck chairs. We hope the Beatrice will then be ready for another 20 years of service.

The system for booking the Beatrice has changed (poor mobile phone reception has been a real problem). See the phone number and email adress to the left. New business cards have been printed with the contact details These have been provided free of charge and we are very grateful to both:

HCM Printers, Strangman Street, Leek ST13 5DU (01538 387275) and Go-Go Designs, 12 St Edwards Street, Leek ST13 5DU   (01538 386781)


We are always grateful to receive photos of the Beatrice taken by walkers and boaters on the Caldon Canal.


 Contact details

To book a trip – to check the boat's availability on this website, Trips on the Beatrice; ask for a booking on or phone 01538 710566

To donate – see Virgin Giving on the left of this this website page (or phone 01538 386820)

 To volunteer as crew, or to talk to the Chairman, phone 01538 386820, or email him on


What the Charity is

The Beatrice Charity was established over 30 years ago to run school trips on the beautiful, peaceful Caldon Canal for children with additonal educational needs. Its boat, Beatrice, runs from late April to late October. Out of school terms and at weekends Beatrice is widely used for outings for groups of children and adults who have disabilities or infirmity. It is also available for fund-raising trips. Schools are not charged but for other trips we suggest a donation of £130 (£150 at weekends. Our season starts on 1 April and runs to 31 October. Up-to-date information about the boat's availability may be viewed here.


The Beatrice Charity's vision is safely to:

  • give children with additional educational needs – be they physical, emotional, educational or social – a pleasant, interesting and memorable outing in surroundings which are, for many, otherwise denied to them;

  • provide the opportunity for disabled children and adults to experience, enjoy and learn from the many delights of waterway cruising;

  • offer boat users the chance to participate in the process of canal boat working – giving them an interesting and rewarding way of developing confidence and self-esteem.

A bridge on the Leek Branch of the Caldon Canal

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Thomas Wall Trust; Rotary, Inner Wheel, Probus, Women’s Institute, Schools and many other groups