Below are answers to some of the regular questions we get asked
Do you provide winter/temporary moorings?
Yes we absolutely do. We have winter/temporary moorings available for not just narrowboats and cruisers, but widebeam boats too.
When are your Winter and Summer opening hours?
Our Winter opening hours run from 1st November to 30th April and our Summer opening hours run from 1st May - 31st October.
What are your hours of business?
The office and the boathouse are closed all day on a Tuesday. The rest of the week in the boathouse is open from 10am - 4pm. The office Winter opening hours are 9am - 4pm, in the Summer 8.30 - 5.30 pm.
Do you allow pets?
Yes all pets are welcome, in fact we have miles of fabulous dog walks around White Mills. The only thing we do ask is that dogs are kept on leads and that their owners clean up after them using the dog poo bins around the marina.
We want to get to a train station, how close is your nearest train station?
When it comes to train stations then you are spoiled for choice, Wellingborough (Midland Mainline) is literally under 10 minutes away by car and has a fantastic fast and speedy train service to London St Pancras. Northampton railway station which takes perhaps 5 minutes longer to get to, has a regular service to London Euston as well as Birmingham New Street and beyond.
Where can we catch a bus as we need to get to the railway station?
Again we are so lucky here, Earls Barton has a very regular bus service to Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Peterborough and Milton Keynes, we keep a bus timetable in the office - so just ask and we will help you with your onward journey.
Do you have CCTV?
Yes we do have CCTV strategically placed across the marina.
Is it possible to camp?
White Mills Marina is now a certificated Camping and Caravanning site, which means we can accommodate up to 5 caravans and 10 tents at anyone time. We now have hook ups for 5 caravans and 3 tents. Open from May to October, you need to be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club to be able to stay on our site.
We plan to arrive on a Sunday, do any of the pubs in Earls Barton serve food on a Sunday night?
Sadly not, however the local curry house - Meraz will deliver to White Mills, we have takeaway menus in the office, so please just ask. If you have a car then the Rose and Crown at Yardley Hastings serves food until 8pm or there is the Oriental Paradise at Billing which is open too.
Rivers are renowned for flooding, how do we know our boat will be safe?
Being located next to a river, White Mills Marina was designed with flooding in mind so all of our pontoons are floating pontoons - so when it comes to floods being on board is the best place to be!
Are we given any warning that flooding is about to happen?
We would advise that every boater on the River Nene signs up to the Environment Agency's Strong Stream Advice/River Advice for Boaters by emailing WaterwaysSSAAnglian@environment-agency.gov.uk which will make sure you are kept up to date with any developments. In the email you will need to include the following information:
The river(s) the messages are required for ie Nene, Great Ouse (Bedford to Earith) and/or Ancholme
Full name and address details
A contact telephone number for the system to ring
Whether a text and/or email is also required
A boat name and/or registration number
To find out if Strong Stream Advice/River Advice for Boaters has been issued or cancelled, boaters can also call the Floodline service on 0345 988 1188, choose option 1 and enter one of the following quick dial numbers:-
032112 for the River Nene
033211 for the Great Ouse (Bedford to Earith)
031212 for the River Ancholme