All-electric community boat gets the ‘green light’ - Destination Milton Keynes
All-electric community boat gets the ‘green light’

All-electric community boat gets the ‘green light’

Following the relaxation of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions and successful ‘sea trials’, Electra is now open for business.

Lead Cabin Host, James Clifton said: “Guests may now choose from several public trip and private charter options, cruising along the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes. These include Family Cruises in the school holidays, Cream Tea Cruises on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, Friday afternoon ‘Relax on the Art Trail’ Cruises, plus a Friday night Fish & Bubbles Cruise. Two-hour morning or afternoon Private Charters are available on Thursdays and Saturdays.”

“Now that our crews are fully trained and qualified, we are excited by the prospect of launching our first public cruises in early August.”

“Electra is well-ventilated and designed for up to 12 guests on board, but we accept government advice to ‘proceed with caution’ with regard to COVID-19 and will start by taking a maximum of 8 guests per cruise” James explained.

Electra is a brand-new fully electric, 54-foot narrowboat, crewed by trained volunteers from the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust. It is accessible, with a lift and lavatory that can accommodate a standard size wheelchair.

Cruises depart from Campbell Wharf and last between 1 -2 hours during August. Full details, including booking instructions, can be found at

Cruises include:

  • Relax on the Art Trail, Cream Tea, and Fish & Bubbles Public Trips are two-hour cruises from Campbell Wharf to Linford Wharf and return. Fish & Bubbles tickets are Adult only.
  • Family Eye-Spy Cruises last 75 minutes and run from Campbell Wharf to Milton Keynes Marina and return.
  • Family WOW (Walk One Way) Cruises are run in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust and combine a 60-minute cruise with an easy 90-minute guided walk along the towpath.
  • Two-hour Private Charters are from Campbell Wharf to Linford Wharf and return.