Santa in the City Kayak Tour

£25.00£30.00 (inc. VAT)

Brand New for the Roundhouse we’ll be bringing festive joy to the city. Fancy Dress kind of optional but preferred.

A chance to see Birmingham from a different perspective on a tour led by Santa, no previous experience is required for this guided kayak tour on the canal.

Our guides will lead you on a journey through the city’s heart on our sit-on-top kayaks which are stable and ideal for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

This activity is aimed at over 8’s.


Disclaimer and consent:

In order to take part everyone will need to complete our disclaimer and consent form. (Opens in new window)

You will be asked to complete the consent form once you have received your booking confirmation. To save time on the day please complete the form before arrival and please ensure all members of your group do so too.


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Spread a bit of Christmas joy!

During December we’ll be painting the city’s canals red & white as we invite you to join us in festive fancy dress for a paddle through the city. This experience is all about bringing a bit of Christmas joy to Birmingham.

This is our standard Bustling Birmingham tour but with added red noses and Santa outfits! We’ll aim to spend approximately 90 minutes on the water, paddling through Oozells loop, past the Utilita Arena and along Brindleyplace; visiting Cambrian Wharf with views of the BT tower on the way. We’ll end at the Mailbox before making our way back to the Roundhouse.

No experience is necessary for our kayak tours; our experienced and knowledgeable guides will get you paddling and navigating your way around Birmingham’s darkness in a safe and enjoyable way.

We will be paddling approximately 3 miles in total.

We will provide every participant with a buoyancy aid, regardless of their swimming ability, so that should you fall in you’ll be safe. Tours are led by a professionally qualified British Canoeing Instructor who will give full tuition. Sit back, paddle and have fun!

Suitable For: 8 years+

Additional information: These events are in December and we expect the weather to be cold and perhaps a bit wet (or snowy). Due to this we may, on the grounds of safety, have to postpone your booking to another day that may not be in the festive period. Any postponements will be confirmed to you in the preceding week, once we can be more certain of the weather.

Fancy Dress: We’d like everyone to enter into the festive spirit by wearing fancy dress, this could just be a red Santa hat or a full outfit; please make sure that the outfit is suitable for kayaking in. Should you have any questions please do get in touch.

Number of Steps? Not many steps but quite a few strokes, a basic level of fitness (walking up the stairs without being out of breath) will suffice. We’ll be paddling approximately 3 miles.


Great for: Being one of the first to do something



Event Details

Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 15 minutes before your tour starts.

Finishing Point: Back in the Roundhouse!

Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.

Duration: From introductions through to a chat at the end, you should budget around two hours for this guided experience, with 90 minutes on the water.

Suitable For: 18+

Number of Steps? Not many steps but quite a few strokes, a basic level of fitness (walking up the stairs without being out of breath) will suffice. We’ll be paddling approximately 3 miles.

Visitor Info

Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we do need to cancel a tour due to high winds or thunderstorms we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

Make sure to come along and check in at our Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes prior to the tour to make sure we're ready to start on time!

The Roundhouse will also be home to an onsite café from Autumn 2021.

Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.

Venue: The Roundhouse

Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE

Kayak Tour FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

There will always be the odd splash and dribble that will get you damp and, because of the nature of the kayaks that we use, you will get a wet bottom!! We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier though.

And, of course, we recommend bringing a change of clothes should you capsize.

Kayaking is easy to pick up, we cater for all abilities on our tours and our guides are trained in being able to assist you should you require further advice.

Yes, we always assume that no-one can swim. If someone should capsize our guides will be there to assist you; normally, because the canals are only 4-6 feet deep, you could stand up.

All participants regardless of ability will be required to wear a buoyancy aid provided by us.

Sports clothing is light, dries easily and doesn’t make you freeze, simply stay away from denim, leather and wool and you will be fine. We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier too!

You need to wear something on your feet during the tour; old trainers, crocs, sandals all work well.

Both of our kayaking tours involve approximately 90 minutes on the water

8 years old and upwards (because of the size of our equipment)

Many people may think that kayaks are easy to flip over but they are a lot more stable than they might look, we have chosen the kayaks specifically for their stability.

We have lockers suitable for bags and personal items available for all tour participants free of charge.

We don’t recommend taking any valuables on the water, we are not responsible for any damage and loss.

We have lockers available free of charge for tour participants.

It’s better to book all our tours in advance. You may be lucky if you show up on the day and one of our guides will be available but we recommend always pre-booking.

Please visit Visitor Reception to book in, your guide will meet you there.

A canoe is paddled with a single-bladed paddle, and you will have seen these paddled generally by two people. A kayak is paddled from a sitting position with a two-bladed paddle.

We use sit-on-top kayaks, which mean should you fall off you’ll simply slide into the water.

We paddle on the canals so if you are not participating you can walk alongside but there is a lot of places that can’t be accessed by pedestrians.

Due to equipment limitations the maximum weight we can currently cater for is 18 stones.

Our buoyancy aids have a maximum chest size of 50 inches.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.


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