Day Boat hire from Market Harborough

Our Family Day Boats are suitable for 2-12 people, plus a dog or two.

NEW FOR 2021: Water Vole, the super-quiet, interior-designed electric Boutique Day Boat.

Perhaps you are celebrating something special – an anniversary or birthday – or perhaps you simply want to get away for a few hours, away from all other distractions. On one of our day boats, you can captain your own little narrowboat up to the bottom of Foxton Locks and back, pausing for a towpath picnic wherever you wish.

Book our Day Boats online using the calendars below and make your payment via Paypal or bank card as you choose.


Kingfisher Family Day Boat

Up to 12 people

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Moorhen Family Day Boat

Up to 12 people

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Dragonfly Family Day Boat

Up to 12 people

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Social Distancing and Coronavirus Guidelines

Government guidelines are rapidly changing so you will need to check who can travel with you on your day boat. Here are the current government guidelines:

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If the guidelines have changed since you booked and you are no longer able to travel, then please email us to arrange a postponement or refund.


When you book your Day Boat, you will receive a Booking Confirmation email with links to the boat manual and an online preparation course. The Designated Skipper is asked to read the manual thoroughly and complete the online course, even if they are experienced.

With this preparation work complete, we will be able to shorten your training time on the day to practical training.

When your party arrives at the marina, you will gather at the named meeting point for your boat opposite the marina office. Your entire party will be directed to board your boat and remain inside, until the Designated Skipper has received any necessary training from us (at a 2 metre distance.)

You will need to provide contact details for each member of your party for the government’s Track and Trace system.

Once the skipper is happy at the controls, we will wave you on your way!



Please contact us if you need to cancel your booking for a genuine reason and we will do our best to find you an alternative date.


What’s on board

Your boat is fully equipped with the following:

  • Small kitchenette with running water and eco-friendly washing up liquid and teatowel
  • A small gas hob and kettle
  • Small grill (Kingfisher only)
  • Small oven (Dragonfly only)
  • Cooking implements
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Fridge with ice box (Moorhen and Boutique Day Boat Water Vole)
  • Large plug-in cool box (Kingfisher and Dragonfly)
  • Picnicware, cutlery, glasses
  • Seating for up to 12 (Kingfisher, Moorhen and Dragonfly)
  • Seating for up to 6 (Boutique Day Boat Watervole)
  • Toilet with toilet paper, soap and paper towels
  • Roll-up side panels to enjoy the outdoors in fine weather
  • Safety and boat handling equipment
  • Pets welcome on Kingfisher, Moorhen and Dragonfly

You will need to bring:

  • All food and drink (but please be mindful that the designated driver MUST remain sober)
  • You can pre-arrange a Grazing Platter to be delivered to Union Wharf via local company Pate-licious or a picnic from local delicatessen, Weltons.
  • Hats, suncream, raincoats etc
  • Non-slip shoes or trainers


Your route

Your route from Union Wharf at Market Harborough canal basin will take you through the peaceful Leicestershire landscape.

After your training, you will set off  through a swing bridge and a further foot bridge, into the basin at the bottom of Foxton Locks. You do not go up the locks on a Day Boat (you will need to book a holiday boat for that experience!)

Here you can enjoy a drink or some lunch at a canalside pub, before turning round by 2pm and heading back to Union Wharf.

You will disembark by 4.30pm (5pm in the lighter months) – with lots of memories to share 🙂

See our 20 second video to give you a flavour of a day on the water around Market Harborough and Foxton Locks here.


Day Boat Prices

The prices below are to hire the entire Day Boat from 9.30am until 4.30pm (5pm in the warmer months), including parking, fuel, online preparation course and any practical training necessary on the day.


Kingfisher, Moorhen & Dragonfly

Mar 2021 – Sep 2021

£170 weekdays excluding bank holidays

£220 weekends and bank holidays

Oct 2021 – Dec 2021

£150 weekdays excluding bank holidays

£200 weekends



Water Vole (Boutique Day Boat)

Apr 2021 – Sep 2021

£220 weekdays excluding bank holidays

£240 weekends and bank holidays

Oct 2021 – Dec 2021

£200 weekdays excluding bank holidays

£220 weekends and Bank Holidays