The Pirate Castle
Back in 1966, bored youngsters asked to borrow the rowing boats at the end of our founder’s canal-side garden. Recognising the potential for discovery and learning, he set up the ‘Pirate Club’ to give local children free boating lessons and safe, supervised access to the canal.
A proud symbol of community dedication and ambition, today The Pirate Castle is a distinctive gateway to the waterways for all to experience and enjoy. We seek to narrow the outcomes gap by giving all sections of the community equal chance to discover London’s waterways and participate in rewarding activities which may otherwise be beyond their financial or physical means.
Together with our staff, accredited instructors and amazing team of volunteer boat skippers and crew, we offer training and skills development in paddle sport, canal boat handling and community boat management, along with more leisurely, social and therapeutic community activities from our unique inner-city canal setting.
Canoeing, kayaking and canal boating are core to our work and we strive to tackle disadvantage, challenge exclusion and support the more vulnerable members of our community through all that we do. With a focus on children, SEND groups of all ages and people facing wider hardship, our projects and services improve health and wellbeing, nurture life and social skills and bring people together through active participation - regardless of their ability or personal circumstances.
Housed alongside the canal in Camden, The Pirate Castle incorporates fully accessible, well-equipped meeting spaces for community and private hire.
Charity No: 1138787
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