The Old Boat Carrying Company

Type:Boat Trip

The Old Boat Café, Fairmeadow, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XG
Approaching the town centre in Maidstone

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Discover the River Medway on Lapwing. She is a  traditionally styled narrow boat and offers space for groups of 12 to book to sit aboard - great for craft and social groups - and now can be booked for river trips, nature safaris and sunset cruises. She sits alongside The Old Boat Café which is family-run and specialises in healthy local Kentish faire; amazing coffee and delicious cakes. It is simple to escape the town and enjoy a relaxing trip on the river with a Cream Tea or scooped local ice cream.  A picnic can also be provided.

Worth watching out for are the wildlife trips, the bat cruises and the photography trips.  Check out the book experiences for dates and availablity.

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Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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View from Lapwing cruising on the River MedwayBig Trip Out on Lapwing, MaidstoneCome out for a trip out on Lapwing our 12 seater narrowboat. She is designed to be used as a relaxing space to enjoy the surroundings whilst also having the privacy of the hold feeling like your private space to observe river life. On Sunny days she will be open and on less favourable days we can…

Cream Tea at The Old Boat CaféCream Tea Tour on Lapwing, Maidstone We think we have found the perfect way to enjoy one of the Old Boat Cafes Cream teas. What better way to enjoy cruising from Urban town centre location to the peaceful countryside of East Farleigh than by eating a Sultana scone with Wye Valley Strawberry Jam and Clotted cream! Teamed with local…

Sunset on the River Medway with the Archbishop's Place of Maidstone on the right.Sunset Cruise on Lapwing, MaidstoneExperience the magical time of day where the river calms and nature begins to recapture the river. We will set off from town centre and watch the transition from Urban to country. We will stop and capture photograph opportunities in Allington and at the lock. We will then turn and make our way…

Lapwing approaching Maidstone Town Centre with heritage sites to the right and refections in the river.Special Occasion River Trip, MaidstoneOur special occasion River trip is the ultimate way to celebrate your special occasion. Our skipper and crew member will take you on narrowboat Lapwing so you can see the sights and sounds of river life. Sitting in the hold of the boat on sturdy bench seats make all guests young and old feel safe…

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