River Trips

Over The Rainbow

N. B. Duke

Operated by The Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust, Over The Rainbow is a wheelchair-accessible vessel. It will be offering a choice of trips:

Upstream, including a trip through Hunt’s Lock, to allow passengers to alight* and visit Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve or enjoy light refreshments at Anderton Place Bistro.

(* Please note: we cannot guarantee a return trip if you choose to alight for Marshall’s Arm or Anderton Place – but it is a pleasant 15 minute easy stroll to return back to the Festival via the riverside path and Queen Street.)

Cruise along the River Weaver aboard N. B. Duke – a traditional-style, vintage Lister JP2-powered narrowboat – to see the world famous Anderton Boat Lift.

The boat is operated by Davenport’s Tea Rooms – a worthwile visit to enjoy their tasty choice of cakes and home-made scones. You can find them at Bartington on the A49 (close to Acton Bridge.

(Please note: Trips aboard N. B. Duke are for aged 7 and over.)

All trips £6 per person. No concessions. Tickets must be purchased at the event from the

Sailing Times

Saturday 13th July – via a view of Anderton Boat Lift

DepartureTimeViaArrivalTimeVessel
Weaver Point Pontoon09:30Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon10:15N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon10:30Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon11:15N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon11:30Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon12:15N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon12:30Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon13:15N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon12:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon13:30Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon13:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon14:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon14:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon15:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon15:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon16:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon16:00Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon16:45Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon16:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon17:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon17:00Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon17:45Over The Rainbow

Sunday 14th July – via a view of Anderton Boat Lift

DepartureTimeViaArrivalTimeVessel
Weaver Point Pontoon09:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon10:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon10:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon11:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon11:15Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon12:00Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon11:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon12:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon12:15Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon13:00Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon12:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon13:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon13:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon14:30N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon14:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon15:30Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon15:15Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon16:00N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon15:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon16:30Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon16:15Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon17:00N.B. Duke
Weaver Point Pontoon16:45Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon17:30Over The Rainbow
Weaver Point Pontoon17:15Anderton Boat LiftWeaver Point Pontoon18:00N.B. Duke

Saturday 13th July – via Hunt’s Lock for Marshall’s Arm

The following sailings are all on board “Over the Rainbow” and are, therefore, wheelchair-accessible.

DepartTimeviaArriveTimeNotes
Weaver Point Pontoon09:30Hunt's LockNorthwich Rowing Club10:00For Marshall's Arm Nature Reserve
Weaver Point Pontoon11:15Hunt's LockNorthwich Rowing Club11:45For Marshall's Arm Nature Reserve
Northwich Rowing Club12:00Hunt's LockWeaver Point Pontoon12:30
Northwich Rowing Club14:45Hunt's LockWeaver Point Pontoon15:15
Northwich Rowing Club18:45Hunt's LockWeaver Point Pontoon19:15

Sunday 14th July – via Hunt’s Lock for Marshall’s Arm

The following sailings are all on board “Over the Rainbow” and are, therefore, wheelchair-accessible.

DepartTimeviaArriveTimeNotes
Weaver Point Pontoon09:30Hunt's LockNorthwich Rowing Club10:00For Marshall's Arm Nature Reserve
Northwich Rowing Club14:00Hunt's LockWeaver Point Pontoon14:30
Northwich Rowing Club18:30Hunt's LockWeaver Point Pontoon19:00