Boating Event 2024

Our Boating Event, sponsored by Haven Knox-Johnston, will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Aqueduct Marina.

The event is designed for both novice and experienced boaters, offering free advice from industry experts, boats for sale, behind-the-scenes access to the marina's facilities, and exclusive offers in the on-site Chandlery. With free entry and parking, attendees can discuss various narrowboat services with staff and meet numerous exhibitors, including boat builders, canopy manufacturers, window makers, furnishing suppliers, and more.



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Glamping coming soon

As Aqueduct Marina celebrates its 15th anniversary, it invites both long-time patrons and first-time visitors to experience its new glamping site. This unique offering allows guests to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the marina while partaking in relaxation and adventure.

The glamping site officially opens from July 19th to September 3rd. Interested parties are encouraged to book their spots soon and begin their journey at Aqueduct Marina.


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Step Towards Sustainability with HVO Transition

As part of our commitment to becoming a more sustainable marina, we are proud to announce that all our onsite plant equipment, tractors, cars, and forklifts have been transitioned to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). This significant change underscores our dedication to reducing CO2 emissions and creating a greener and cleaner marina for all our customers to enjoy.

This announcement coincides with World Environment Day, a fitting occasion to highlight our continuous efforts in promoting sustainability. In 2022, Aqueduct Marina became the first inland marina to receive the TYHA Clean Marina accreditation. Building on that achievement, our switch to HVO fuels represents another milestone in our journey towards a more sustainable marina.

HVO is a renewable diesel alternative derived from vegetable oils and animal fats through a hydrotreatment process. Unlike conventional diesel, HVO burns cleaner and produces significantly lower levels of greenhouse gases and particulate matter. This not only helps in combating climate change but also contributes to improving air quality, benefiting both the environment and the health of our marina.

The advantages of HVO are:

Furthermore, we are excited to extend this green initiative to our boating community. Aqueduct Marina has been offering white HVO to our boating customers for the past couple of years, and we are now pleased to offer Red HVO. This provides our customers with the opportunity to make environmentally conscious choices at a price closer to traditional diesel.

At Aqueduct Marina, our commitment to sustainability is not just a statement or a day, but increasingly is becoming a core building block that shapes our operations and services. We are by no means perfect, and we have many more improvements to make, but by embracing HVO, we hope to continue to lead by example and start to shoulder our environmental responsibility.

We invite all our customers, partners, and stakeholders to join us in celebrating this positive change and to explore the benefits of HVO for a greener future.


Happy World Environment Day!

Cruise Moor Scheme

Marinas join forces to launch new visitor mooring scheme

Five independent family run marinas are joining forces in 2024 to offer inland waterway boaters the opportunity to enjoy a new discounted visitor mooring scheme – Cruise Moor.

The Cruise Moor scheme which will be launched in February at Boatlife in Birmingham sees Aqueduct Marina, Droitwich Spa Marina, Dunchurch Pools Marina, Overwater Marina and White Mills Marina collaborate to provide moorers with the unique opportunity of staying on each of the marinas on a visitor mooring for up to two weeks with a fabulous 20% discount.

It is hoped the new initiative will not only encourage more boaters to explore the UKs waterways network but enable them to enjoy the facilities and personal service offered by the ‘fabulous five’ independent marinas.

Boaters can find out how to qualify for a Cruise Moor card from one of the participating marinas and then plan their cruising season in the knowledge that they can enjoy the facilities of another independent marina with a 20% reduction in visitor mooring fees.

Spokesperson for Cruise Moor, Robert Parton of Aqueduct Marina said: “All of the five marinas involved in Cruise Moor share the same aspirations of encouraging boaters to get out and about and explore the miles and miles of the beautiful waterways network.  As family-run marinas we work incredibly hard to be the best in the business and go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. It is a terrific scheme and a wonderful opportunity for us all to showcase our marinas to each other’s moorers, we are all looking forward to watch it develop over the coming months.”

Credit: Debbie Skinner, White Mills Marina

Aqueduct Marina Tour – Come with us to take a tour around our award-winning narrowboat marina


Let us show you around our wonderful narrowboat marina and show you how we can help you and your narrowboat.

We are here to help you find a new home for your narrowboat in the best location on the inland waterways map!

We are located on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal giving you the perfect base to cruise to the likes of the Cheshire Ring, Four Counties Ring, Llangollen Canal, Chester or The Anderton Boat Lift.

Our Chief Operation Officer, Phil, is here to show you and talk through all of our marina facilities and services – we are a narrowboat marina that can cover almost everything!

If you are looking for a new base for your narrowboat in a fantastic new cruising location for the up and coming season, please get in touch on 01270 525040

5 Gold Anchor Marina – What does it really mean?

As proud holders of a 5 Gold Anchor Marina accreditation, we’re thrilled to share the “ins and out” of what this prestigious distinction means for you, our cherished customers.

Picture it as the narrowboat equivalent of a gold-starred luxury resort—your gateway to an exceptional narrow boating experience.

So, let us explain exactly what our 5 Gold Anchor status means and show you what makes our marina a shining beacon in the waterways.

The Gold Anchor Standard:

The 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is more than just a shiny emblem; it’s a mark of excellence in the marine world and we are proud to say we have held this accreditation for X years.

Awarded by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), this standard is a testament to our commitment to providing first-class facilities and services.

The evaluation process is meticulous, covering six key areas that ensure our marina is a safe, enjoyable, and reliable haven for all boaters.

Berths and Facilities:

Our marina undergoes rigorous assessment to guarantee that berths are well-maintained and equipped with the necessary facilities. From secure mooring options to pristine washrooms, we’ve got you covered.

Customer Services:

Friendly and efficient customer service is at the heart of what we do. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our team’s responsiveness, knowledge, and willingness to go the extra mile for our customers.

Quality of Services:

From fuel stations to boat repairs, every service is inspected to ensure it meets or exceeds industry standards. Your narrowboat is definitely in capable hands when it comes to our certified offerings.

Environmental Responsibility:

We take pride in our commitment to the environment. The audit process ensures that our marina adheres to environmentally sustainable practices, minimizing our ecological footprint in the beautiful waterways we call home.

Operational Management:

Efficient operations are vital for a smooth cruising experience. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our management practices, ensuring that everything, from safety protocols to emergency procedures, is the best that it can possibly be.

Community Engagement:

A marina is not just a collection of boats; it’s a community. We actively engage with our boating community to foster a sense of camaraderie and support, making your marina experience not only enjoyable but also enriching.

Your Ticket to Premium Boating:

Now that we’ve unravelled the criteria, you might wonder, “What’s in it for me?”. Here’s why our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation matters for you:

Peace of Mind:

Rest easy knowing that your narrowboat is moored in a marina that has passed stringent assessments. Your safety and the security of your boat are our top priorities.

Outstanding Facilities:

Enjoy our fantastic facilities, from secure berths to well-maintained amenities. We’ve invested in creating an environment that enhances your boating experience.

Exceptional Customer Service:

Our team is dedicated to making your stay memorable. Whether you need assistance or simply want a friendly chat about the latest boating adventures, we’re here for you.

Environmentally Responsible Boating:

By choosing a 5 Gold Anchor Marina, you’re aligning yourself with a community that values and actively contributes to preserving the natural beauty of our waterways.

Community Connection:

Join a community of like-minded boaters who share your passion. From organized events to impromptu waterside gatherings, you’ll find a sense of belonging that goes beyond the water.

In conclusion, our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is not just a title; it’s a promise.

A promise of excellence, dedication, and a commitment to providing you with an unparalleled narrow boating experience.

So, cruise to us with confidence, knowing that you’ve chosen a marina that has earned its stripes in the world of inland waterways luxury. Welcome aboard, and let the journey begin!

Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – October 2023

We are excited to share our October Video Newsletter with you!

You may have seen our previous video newsletter, where we introduced you to some of our staff and showed you around our marina.

You can watch our latest video now on our YouTube channel by clicking the link below.

Thank you for being part of our marina community and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for the future.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email

Click on the link below to view our October 2023 Newsletter.

Aqueduct Marina invests in improved dust extraction equipment

For many businesses, the thought of an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive would provoke a measure of fear and trepidation; however, for the management of Cheshire-based Aqueduct Marina, it turned out to be a positive experience.

For some time, Robert Parton, MD of Aqueduct Marina, and his management team had been looking at investing in improved extraction for the grit blasting bay, as with the demand for their grit blasting services increasing, it was logical to invest in improving the equipment being used. So, despite the Health and Safety inspection finding the facilities complied with their PPE requirements, which meant the person doing the blasting was protected, there was an environmental concern about the dust leaking out during the operation. As a result, the company brought forward the investment to reduce the possibility of abrasive dust escaping when the bay was in use.

They called on the services of Hodge Clemco, a company that specialises in the manufacture and supply of abrasive blasting and surface treatment equipment. Hodge Clemco installed a reverse pulse dust collector system that creates a negative pressure within the blast booth and, by removing the airborne dust, allows the operator to maintain visibility within the booth. It also minimises any dust escaping from the blast booth, with the dust being contained in the dust extractor bins to allow safe disposal.

Liam Davis, Sales and Marketing Manager for Hodge Clemco, said, “Following our initial visit and conversations, we returned to the site with one of our design engineers to carry out a full site survey, which enabled Hodge Clemco to provide a full design layout drawing of the proposed 14,000cfm reverse pulse dust collector system for the approval of Aqueduct Marina. The dust extraction system supplied and installed by Hodge Clemco comprises of the latest fully programmable gamma pulse auto reverse pulse system with differential pressure recognition. It has an auto-clean sequence whilst in operation and an additional cleaning cycle on shutdown, ensuring maximum dust release is achieved from the ultra-efficient nano fibre filters resulting in a prolonged filter life.”

The result of this work is that Aqueduct staff have reported a marked improvement in visibility whilst working within the bay.

The installation of the new extraction equipment saw a £60k investment being made to this side of Aqueduct’s business. Robert Parton said, “During the H&S visit, the escaping dust issue was flagged as a potential local authority environmental issue. With the system now installed and in regular use, we have seen a noticeable improvement in conditions both inside and outside the workshop. It is an expensive piece of equipment, but in a world where good staff are hard to find, and lung health is a real focus of the HSE, this is resulting in a healthier, safer working environment for our staff.”

Festive Opening Hours 2023


Office Cafe

Saturday 23rd Dec

08:00AM – 17:00PM 9:30AM – 16.30PM

Sunday 24th Dec

09:00AM – 12:00PM

09:30AM – 11:30AM

Monday 25th Dec

Tuesday 26th Dec CLOSED


Wednesday 27th Dec 09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Thursday 28th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Friday 29th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Saturday 30th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Sunday 31st Dec

09:00AM – 12:00PM

09:30AM – 11:30AM

Monday 1st Jan



Tuesday 2nd Jan 08:00AM – 17:00PM

09:30AM – 16:30PM

Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – August 2023

We are delighted to share with you, our brand-new video newsletter!

Our newsletter is here to provide you with all the latest information at the marina and give you a glimpse of life behind the scenes here, get to know our staff, and have a giggle along the way!

If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email

Click on the link below to view our August 2023 Newsletter.

Aqueduct Marina’s Boating Event hailed a success!

Visitors, exhibitors and organisers agreed that despite the somewhat blustery conditions, this year’s Aqueduct Marina Boating Event was a great success. The aim was to provide an event that was a ‘boat show for boaters’, and as a result, around 500 visitors took the opportunity to visit the marina, speak to staff and visit 19 trade stands.

In addition, over 200 people attended the evening’s entertainment, much of which was provided by Elvis tribute Paul Larcombe and singer Josh Whittall.

Both exhibitors and marina staff commented on the levels of interest shown by visitors, the majority of whom were genuinely interested in discussing their boats and their boating experiences.

Robert Parton, Aqueduct Marina’s MD, said, “I am very grateful to the exhibitors who supported us and had a stand at the show, some of whom stayed until late and enjoyed the lively Elvis night as well. Also, well done, Hannah (Aqueduct Marketing), who successfully managed to target the right people and get boaters and aspiring boaters here. I spent most of the day by our brokerage boats and had plenty of excellent conversations with existing and soon-to-be boat owners.”

Kevin Peart, MD of Aegina added, ”It was good to meet you and your team, we enjoyed the day and had many interesting conversations about solving water supply and making safe drinking water for the canal boat community. We will be back next year”.

Anyone interested in visiting or exhibiting at next year’s event should keep an eye on the Aqueduct Marina website and social media channels where the next Boating Event, expected to take place in July, will be publicised. Visit

Narrowboat Chloe – Re-Paint

Narrowboat Chloe was the latest boat to come out of our painting workshop after having a full re-paint completed here at Aqueduct Marina.

This was the first full re-paint completed by our new head painter, Paul and it is easy to say that he has done a fantastic job. A huge well done to Paul, we can’t wait to see the next one.

You can see Chloe’s transformation on the below images.

Narowboat Nell is currently in our workshop and being painted by Paul as we speak, we will of course share the transformation with you once it is completed.

For all your narrowboat maintenance enquiries, from full re-paints to blackings and anything in between, do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Call 01270 525040 or email to get a quote.

Exhibiting at Crick Boat Show 2023

Following on from the success of the offer made at BoatLife, the Aqueduct Marina team in Cheshire are offering some real savings at this year’s Crick Boat Show to help you enjoy your narrowboat in 2023.

Any narrowboat owner visiting the Aqueduct stand at the Crick Boat Show between the 26th and 29th of May, and holding a full-price admission ticket, should visit the Aqueduct stand V-BW to get their ticket stamped. This can then be exchanged for either a free week’s mooring, worth £154 or one free use of the slipway, worth £160; terms and conditions apply. Come and visit us for all your narrowboat needs, especially if you have any work that needs to be carried out on your boat.

And if you are thinking of selling your boat, sign up today with Aqueduct’s brokerage for it to be displayed at Crick to give it the best chance of reaching a potential buyers eye.

Both ticket options will enable boat owners to use Aqueduct Marina as a mid-cruise safe harbour in 2023, as it is within easy reach of the Llangollen, Macclesfield and Caldon canals.

The Church Minshull marina’s significant savings are something everyone is looking for during these difficult times. So why not plan your boating year and cruising routes to make the most of the marina’s giveaways and join the many boat owners who already moor at Aqueduct and find the marina an ideal place to moor or store their boat, whatever the season.

Aqueduct Marina Boating Event

JUL 15, 10:00 AM – 4.00 PM


We are delighted to announce the Aqueduct Boating Event 2023, which will take place on Saturday 15th July from 10.00am – 4.00pm

Whether you are new to boating, or you have years of experience this day is aimed at you and your boat.

Free advice from our industry expert exhibitors. A range of Boats for Sale. Behind-the-scenes access to Aqueduct Marina’s award-winning facilities. Exclusive event offers in our on-site Chandlery.

FREE entry and FREE parking

Discuss all of your narrowboat requirements with our staff, whether this be; moorings, blackings, welding, painting or anything in between.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

Knight’s Narrowboats

Aqueduct Marina, are the exclusive agents of Knights Narrowboats. Our resident boat builders can meet each of your requirements to build you a bespoke, high-quality narrowboat, that exclusively matches your individual needs. | 01270 525040

Amtrim Covers

Manufacture and supply of bespoke canopies, covers and marine upholstery. | 01772 285100

Elite Furnishings

Elite Furnishings offers you a large range of pre-created sofa beds that are designed to go down the canal boat and the easy to use click clack sofa bed opens across the width of the narrowboat, fulfilling all your narrowboat bedding needs | 01827 313334

Haven Knox-Johnston

If it floats, chances are we’ll cover it. Get a boat insurance quote from the award-winning crew. | 01732 223650

Hydrogen Afloat

Our HyArk unit produces domestic power for boats based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Quiet, reliable, clean. | 07702 725158

Lockgate Stoves

Lockgate is the UK’s leading supplier and installer of Refleks Diesel Stoves, with over 20 years experience. | 0115 998 8305


LeeSan, the largest single source of marine sanitation and pump out equipment, parts and service kits. | 01295 770000

Marine 16

UK manufacturer of market leading fuel treatments and our new zero plastic range of cleaning products. | 01686 622213

River Canal Rescue 

River Canal Rescue offers membership based breakdown cover for boats on the inland waterways. | 01785 785680

WiFi On Board

Wifi On Board are the leading mobile internet equipment suppliers on the inland waterways network. | 01335 666203


6.30pm – Late (Evening).

Evening entertainment from the renowned Elvis tribute Paul Larcombe

Moorers Rate: £15.00 per person or £20.00 per person

Tickets including food

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