Stratford Waterways Information Centre
Stratford Waterways Information Centre (S.W.I.C)
Welcome aboard the William James, Stratford Waterways Information Centre for Stratford-Upon-Avon, the River Avon and surrounding areas. SWIC is based in the Bancroft Basin in Stratford is used as a toll station for both Canal and River Trust and Avon Navigation Trust for the River Avon. The boat is run daily by volunteers provides information for tourists, locals and boaters such as leaflets, tourist information, gifts and souvenirs and a meeting room which can be hired for your own personal use.
The William James is a toll station for both Canal and River Trust and Avon Navigation Trust where boaters can purchase licences for the River Avon navigation, please aim to provide your insurance certificate and Boat Safety scheme certificate if you are travelling through and joining the river from this point.
SWIC – Opening dates are from 1st April through to 31st October in Bancroft Basin.
Opening hours are Monday – Sunday (7 days a week)
Summer – 8.00am – 5pm
Autumn – 8.00am – 5pm
To get in touch with an enquiry or request, please call the Duty Manager – 07584086321
William James is the 3rd name given to this boat, initially called Ragdoll II and has since been changed from Millennium Swiftsure to William James. William James was a railway promoter in his time for Stratford areas. Born in Henley-in-Arden on 13th June 1771 – 10th March 1837, he spent his life dedicated to the railway system and also shared his fathers interest with the Inland Waterways, of which he helped with navigation on the river for his transportation of coal. He held shares in the Upper Avon Navigation Company.
VOLUNTEER ON SWIC
If you would like to volunteer to help with the Stratford Waterways Information Centre on board, you can get in touch with us and let us know when you would like to volunteer. You can help on board with serving our daily customers and throughout your day or period of working on board learn knowledge on the River Avon and the Stratford upon Avon area. You can even volunteer on a regular basis on board the William James.