About Us

The Newark Crusader has been operating since the 1990’s and has been a popular cruise boat for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people from all across the East Midlands. This 60ft boat has been recently updated and renovated to be ready for further trips along the River Trent.

The trips used to be provided by St John’s Ambulance under the Water Wing boat scheme until recently but the charity and the boats future became uncertain. It has now been transferred to Newark Crusader CIO, a charity which has been set up by Mr James Wilkinson, of Newark Marina, and Mr John Coles, businessman and friend of Mr Wilkinson. The process was overseen by Langleys solicitors in Lincoln who assisted the new owners to establish the charity and keep the boat, skippered by Mr Les Reid on the water and able to provide this service. Langleys Solicitors provided all their legal help for free to help with this charity.

Mr Wilkinson “The Newark Crusader has provided a lot of pleasure over the years to many groups in the East Midlands and we wanted it to continue and decided to take it on”

Newark Crusader operates pre-booked trips for Care Homes, Special Needs Groups and Community Groups.

Please Note that unfortunately we are not able to accommodate individual passengers or members of the public.

How to Find Us

Newark Crusader operates from its mooring which is in the car park of the Riverside pub at Farndon. Coming from the North on the A46 bypass, turn right on to the Fosse road, B6166 (old A46) to Farndon. Do not take the first right turn signed Marina as we are not there. Look for the brown signs and take second right into Main street, then straight on to Chapel lane and Wyke lane. The nearest postcode is NG24 3SP. If coming from the south, take the left turn for East Stoke and Elston, then turn left into main street following the brown sign. When you see the white painted Riverside pub ahead turn into the car park and you will see the boat. It is possible to reverse towards the access ramp if needed.

Any problems call 07879 420915.

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