Tooley’s Boatyard to be reopened

Published: Wednesday, 23 June 2021

THE famous Tooley’s Boatyard in Banbury is to be reopened  to coincide with Banbury's Armed Forces Day.

Providing the Covid restrictions are removed as planned on the 19th July, visitors will be able to board Tooley’s Dancing Duck to enjoy a 40 minute boat trip from 24th July and every Saturday thereafter to the end of September, but ticketss must be pre-booked online, Alan Tilbury reports.

tooleys banburyFun and activities

Coinciding with Banbury’s Armed Forces Day, there will be a whole host of fun activities and things to see for all the family at this Oxford Canal boatyard.

Tooley's is one of the oldest working dry docks in England and listed as a nationally important ancient monument by Historic England.

Alongside the dry dock sits the original blacksmith’s forge and carpenters' workshop, both of which are still in full operation today. The dry dock has remained in continuous service since it was built to maintain boats in 1778.