This year the Canoe Club BBQ will be a 3 day event on the Bank Holiday of the 29th, 30th and 31st of August at Heybridge Basin; there will be camping available Friday night Saturday night and Sunday night for those who want it.
Tea, coffee and squash will be freely available throughout.
The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the possibility of a night paddle for anyone who is interested, alternatively a pleasant evening spent by the lock with the possibility of a drink from the pub.
Saturday will see a river paddle with everyone welcome canoes and kayaks alike arriving back at Heybridge Basin in the afternoon with plenty of time for a shower and a mug of tea before the Canoe Club BBQ starts in the evening.
There will be live music from Robbie Gladwell , look him up he is very good, he played for us last year and has in the past played with many different groups, including Cockney Rebel, Suzie Quatro to name but a few.
Sunday will see a sea paddle from Heybridge Basin to Mersea Island with lunch on one of the Islands in the Blackwater Estuary; this paddle will be suitable for sea kayaks and touring kayaks with a reasonable level of ability. Please don’t hesitate to ask for advice.
Sunday evening will see us lighting the BBQs for a second time using up any food left over from Saturday night, this will be very much a self help BBQ with everyone pitching in.
Monday will see a lazy start and breakfast followed by the general packing up of the site.
If paddling on one or either of the days is not your thing there are loads of other things to do. There are plenty of great walks and cycling in the area, a good swimming pool and a fun park for the kids in Maldon a stone’s throw away or maybe a gentle walk along the promenade and a look at the old barges on the quay.
Food will be provided for the Saturday night BBQ with anything left over being available for Sunday night. All other meals will be on a self catering basis and you will need to bring any alcohol you may need.
The costs for this year’s Canoe Club BBQ weekend
BBQ – Price in advance – £6.00 Adults, £3.50 Children under 16, Under 5’s free
BBQ – Price on the day – £7.00 Adults, £4.50 Children under 16, Under 5’s free
Camping – £6.00 per small tent, per night.
River Licence – £5.00 per canoe/kayak per day.