This year the Canoe Club BBQ will be a 2-day event on the Bank Holiday of the 27th and 28th of August at Heybridge Basin; there will be camping available Friday night (26th), Saturday night (27th) and also Sunday night (28th) 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 from Papermill Lock 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 and some cake before the Canoe Club BBQ starts in the evening.
There will be live music from Robbie Gladwell on the Saturday evening (look him up he is very good), he played for us for the last 2 years and has in the past played with many different groups, including Cockney Rebel and with Suzie Quatro, to name but a few.
Sunday will see a lazy start and breakfast followed by the general packing up of the site (although some may stay and camp overnight again). Possibly, for those interested, there could be 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.
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 all other meals will be on a self-catering basis; you will need to bring any alcohol you may need, and your own mugs for tea or coffee.
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 (although if we have a lot of people paddling we will get a discount).