Our exciting craft hire provides the perfect water adventure right on your doorstep! Take your pick! We have Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUPS) and Kayaks to hire for up to 6 hours to escape and discover the calm, historic Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.

We are based at the George Williams Centre, Bridgwater (Somerset), just 10 minutes from Junction 24 of the M5. The unique riverside setting offers free parking, a slip way for launching your own craft and an on-site café.

Craft hire is currently available on Saturdays, between 10:00am and 16:00pm. Booking options range from 1 hour to 6 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore.

Boat users must be aged 8 and over. All users under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

COVID-19 restrictions

YMCA will be adhering to social distance measures to ensure your safety both around site and out on the water. Bookings will be staggered in 15 minute blocks to keep to these guidelines.

All equipment will be fully sanitised between hire periods and there will be a hand gel station at the entrance of the site available to use.

The calm canal waters are perfect for stand up paddle boards.

SUP – 1 adult or 1 adult and 1 small child

 We have a limited number of craft, so hires are subject to availability. 

10:00am – 16:00pm (Wednesday and Saturday)

Purple Spoon Cafe (10:00am – 15:00pm

• Towel
• Shoes (you don’t mind getting wet – no flip flops)
• Sun cream
• Weather appropriate clothing
• A form of ID as a deposit

Whilst we do not recommend taking valuables out on the water, if you wish to do so, zip lock bags are a good, cheap splash-proof measure.

There will be lockers provided for any valuables you would like to leave on site.

*prices per vessel

1 hour – £10
2 hours – £20
3 hours – £30
6 hours – £45



Bookings will be confirmed to the nearest free 15min allocation to allow for social distancing

Launch your own stand up paddleboard at the George Williams Centre, Bridgwater. The launch site is opposite the Purple Spoon Café, on the right-hand side of the building. Free parking is available.

It is free to launch your own kayak, however donations are welcomed.