31st May, 1st & 2nd June 2019

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show

31st May, 1st June, 2nd June 2019

News from previous shows

This gallery contains 176 photos.

Lottie Bell will be singing at the show – see her at the Ushiwear stand
[posted May 25th]

International Boatbuilding Training College (Portsmouth) are coming!
[posted May 19th, 2016]
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See them at work!

This should be interesting! Never a dull moment…
[posted May 17th, 2016]
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A Stalwart amphibious vehicle comes to Beale Park – learn all about it on your day out!



Dads Boats – The Story
[posted May 16th, 2016]
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Dad, also known as David, built his first pedal boat in his teenage years. This was in the 1950s. His first boat was a single seater and was designed as a way of following his remote controlled yacht while keeping his hands free for the controls. The drive mechanism was an old hand drill! The ‘Sieve’ as it was affectionately called was moth balled in the garden not long after when National Service got in the way.

By the time David got back two years later the Sieve had deteriorated so much all he could do was cut it up for firewood.

So, the next generation of pedal boat started to form in his mind. This time a more sociable two seater, facing each other yet both being able to pedal in a forward direction. Over the next few years the ‘Cyclone’ was born. This boat accompanied David on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s. It has also been pedaled around the Isle of Wight (don’t try this at home!).

David has made three designs of two seater pedal boats; ‘Cyclone’ – the oldest; ‘Cyclamen’ – built in the 1980s which is longer and faster but less stable; and ‘Lifecycle’ – added in 2002 which is the most stable and the model we have developed through Dad’s Boats.

Since 2012 we at Dad’s Boats have been developing and testing a commercial model based on Lifecycle. This is The Pedal Boat! We are now a year into production and are busy making and delivering pedal boats.

David’s children and grandchildren have grown up enjoying The Pedal Boat.

Now its your turn!


Tbsboats Bray by the lake this year!
[posted May 10th, 2016]


Tbsboats Bray is one of the largest new & used boat sales companies on the Thames with more than 50 used boats on its dedicated sales pontoon.

If you are considering a used boat come and chat to them about your requirements.

“We are exhibiting the Waterspoor 711 a new generation of beautifully constructed modern Dutch Sloops ideal for leisurely picnics on the inland waterways for up to 8 people or even towing water toys at speed down the coast!” says a spokesperson.

New boat agents for:
Aquanaut Dutch Steel Cruisers
Sheerline Motorcruisers
English Harbour Yachts
Waterspoor Jachtbouw

Contact: 01628 773177


News from Habitent
[posted May 10th, 2016]


News from Lindon Lewis Marine
[posted May 10th, 2016]



More Yum! Beale Park – a foodie heaven! Sure is…
[posted May 10th, 2016]

Tessa & Thom- a food passionate, country couple who founded Dockwoods of Oxfordshire. After over a decade of catering and front of house experience, “we like to think we know a thing or two about quality food and great customer service.”

They make all their products with 100% natural ingredients, a whole lot of passion and a taste for the finer things in life. They travel all over the UK with their vintage style pop up deli, to bring you their tasty and attractive product line, delicious cheeses and artisan condiments.


[posted May 10th, 2016]
Gilchrist’s Confectionery Ltd is specialist event confectionery retailer offering high quality homemade Fudge and Nougats along with a wide selection of liquorice and pick & mix sweets. As we say Yum!
Riviera looks!
[posted May 10th, 2016]
Webb boats will be bringing a modern classic launch, the Caprice. It’s an ideal river lake boat with a real riviera look. Engines option range from 30-100 hp. Hand built to customers specification.

Star of BBC TV holiday show has been fully restored by ‘Heritage by Broom Marine Services’ and will be on display at the Beale Park Boat Show
[posted April 28th, 2016]
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Jenny Wren is a beautiful example of a ‘Broom Robb’ traditional wooden cruiser, built by Broom Boats in 1957. She has been on the Broads ever since and when she came up for sale recently Broom took the opportunity to buy her back. She leapt to fame when she was used by the BBC in an episode of ‘Holidays of our Lifetime’ featuring Len Goodman and Fiona Philips which aired recently.

Jenny Wren has proved to be the perfect project to showcase Broom’s skills and historic credentials with wooden craft, and she has undergone a full restoration complete with stunning new interior refit to mark the launch of ‘Heritage by Broom Marine Services’ a new division specifically set up for wooden boat restoration and repairs. Greg Houlston, General Manager of Broom Marine Services said “We have some of the best boat buildersin the country here at Broom, who have been building boats with us since the 1960’s. We clearly have the skills and knowledge, so utilising that and launching a heritage division was a natural step for us’.

The project entailed stripping out the entire interior of the boat and completely rebuilding, a task undertaken by a team of talented boat builders and cabinet makers. All the seating and soft furnishings are new, having been made by Broom’s in-house upholstery team and a brand new canopy has been made to measure. The forward deck has been kept as per the original, however, considerable work was undertaken to insert new parts to match the existing timber. The rear deck was in a poor condition and so was entirely rebuilt in the same timber as used elsewhere in order to match and the hull was given a fresh coat of paint. All the woodwork was meticulously painted by hand with a total of 10 coats of varnish which gives the deck, cabin and interior a deep lustre. The boat was unveiled to the public at the Broom Boat Show on the 16th April and was much admired. Visitors commented that they felt the boat retained a classic feel with beautiful woodwork, but balanced with a bold contemporary interior.

Why not come and see her on the water at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor show?

Contact: Jenny Simpson, Marketing & Communications Manager – jsimpson@broomboats.com

Tel: 01603 712334


Kentish Boats – small boats made by you!
[posted April 21st, 2016]
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Come and visit A.S.A.P. Supplies

[posted April 21st, 2016]

A.S.A.P. Supplies offers a comprehensive range of over 14,000 marine equipment and boat parts and specialise specifically in marine products for maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements. With over 25 years of experience dealing with marine products and spares for leisure and commercial boats of all sizes, you can count on us to provide you with excellent technical knowledge and quality service when you need it most.

Check our website www.asap-supplies.com for our comprehensive range of quality marine products and world leading brands, such as Parker Racor fuel filtration products, Seaflow hose, Sherwood and SHURflo pumps, Jabsco pumps and toilets.


Woof! Woof! – they are back!
[posted April 19th, 2016]

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Newfs in action! A wonderful sight to behold at the show!

DIY at Beale Park
[posted April 19th, 2016]
Sail’n’Oar will be exhibiting the Medina Scow. A classic design for DIY boatbuilders. Also on show The Sail’n’Oar Pram Dinghy. Both easily and economically built from plans and full size patterns. The Medina Scow. www.sailnoar.co.uk
Floating artist, by the lake
[posted April 19th, 2016]
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Glass artist Kathryn Webley makes all her work aboard a purpose built 28’ narrowboat called ‘The Pod’. All Kathryn’s work is influened by the inland waterways and The Pod’s recent move to a new mooring on the Chesterfield canal, has inspired new designs. Kathryn makes sculpture, pictures, plates, candle holders and jewellery. She also takes commissions, for example for narrow boat windows.

Rockpool sea kayakers at Beale Park
[Posted April 11th, 2016]
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Rockpool Kayaks brings record breaking boat to Beale Park

Rockpool Kayaks will showcase its full range of kayaks at the Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show 2016, 3rd – 5th June.

The full demo fleet of Rockpool Kayaks will be available to view and test on the Thames, including the critically acclaimed Taran which has been used to set and break records across the world including circumnavigations of the UK and Ireland.

With something suitable for everyone from those hoping to embark upon their maiden voyage in sheltered waters, to the saltiest of seasoned sea kayakers setting out on the trip of a lifetime, all Rockpool kayaks are built using the best materials combined with cutting edge design.

Mike Webb, Rockpool Kayaks founder, said: “Sea kayaking is a wonderful sport that offers unique opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the coast, wherever they choose.

“From tranquil days in calm bays among the seals to big surf and extended expeditions, the Rockpool range reflects our passion for and the diversity of the sport.”

Every Rockpool kayak is hand built to exact customer specifications with bespoke graphics that look superb on and off the water.

To find out more, visit the show and ask for Mike Webb or go to: www.rockpoolkayaks.com


Come and meet the good folk of Accessible Sailing
[posted March 18th, 2016]

Challenger disabled sailing boat at Farmoor - getting ready to sail
Accessible Sailing is a registered charity based at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford. The charity works to provide better facilities and support to help disabled sailors access the water and their boats more easily.Funds raised pay for essential equipment such as hoists and handrails, while a multi-million purpose-built pontoon with low freeboard and jetties was built at Farmoor for the disabled sailing community. A pilot study into improving sailing facilities for blind sailors will begin shortly. Come along this year and find out all about it!


New ‘Sea Kayaking Experience’ at the show this year
[posted March 17th, 2016]

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The organisers are delighted to announce a new ‘show within a show’, known as the Sea Kayaking Experience. Some of the countries best manufacturers, course providers and gear specialists will be on hand to discuss sea kayaking with you and even take you on the lake so you can live the experience for real – you never know you may get hooked! Please see more information from one of our confirmed exhibitors, as sent in by the folk at Sea Kayaking Cornwall (more updates to follow): “Sea Kayaking Cornwall provides a diverse range of courses and worldwide expeditions from Alaska, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Brittany and the Isles of Scilly. Guided by a highly experienced team, with years of sea kayaking experience and miles beneath them, offering a personal and professional feel to each expedition or course.

Sea Kayaking Cornwall offers learning experiences for all levels of ability. Their location in Cornwall enables them to find the perfect conditions to develop your skills. There is sheltered water when they need to look at fine stroke work. Also surf and tidal races, when rough water handling or incident management is the order of the day.

During the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show this year, they will be providing sea kayaking taster sessions to introduce new skills and will build your confidence to help enable you to explore your local water ways or coastline from a new and exciting perspective within a sea kayak. This activity provides a unique and intimate experience to view wildlife and the environment.”

Watch this space as we add more activities to this exciting new area!


The Classic Motor Boat Association are back at the park
[posted March 9th, 2016]

The Classic Motor Boat Association is the largest organisation in the UK catering for the preservation and enjoyment of classic powerboats and engines from British and Overseas manufacturers. It was founded in 1998. The CMBA is run by enthusiasts, with a volunteer committee and is dedicated to raising awareness of classic motor boats and the enjoyment of classic boats.Most of the CMBA members’ boats are in the 13ft to 19ft range; dating from the late 1920s, through to the 1970s and are either inboard, or outboard powered.Manufacturers represented include, Broom, Simmonds, Delta, Albatross, Fenn&Wood, Windboats of Wroxham, ChrisCraft, Century, Charnwood, Healey Marine, Cantieri Donoratico, Cantieri Riva, Cantieri Archangeli, Winner, Owens, Cutter, Microplas, Fletcher, Shakespeare, Bluebird Marine, Fairey, Triana, Donzi, Glastron, Lone Star, Chestnut, With, Dowty, Colvic, Birchwood, Interglass, Toby, Yarecraft, Dorsett, Moonfleet, Sussex, Sprite, Wm Jackson, GlenL and small racing boats such as Speedliner, Jinx and Swift and vintage stepped Hydroplanes.
There are also ex-raceboats, such as Stapley, Tremlett, Bristol, Burgess, Don Shead / Soni Levi, ski / raceboats. Materials used for these boats consist of planked wood, plywood, aluminium and fibreglass – all are represented and a few have been built recently from old self build plans.Given the size of these boats, most are carried on road trailers; so our members are spread throughout the UK, with some based around Europe. Prices for these boats range between the usable £100 1960s family runabout through to the £250,000 Rivas.The CMBA has a number of rallies throughout the year, on waters around the UK.Boats are used in company, which helps in the event of any breakdowns. Typical venues are Loch Lomond, Falmouth, Cardiff Bay and Poole Harbour, for the faster runs and lakes that enable boat and motor testing at Ivy Lake and Chertsey.Albatross specific rallies and racing takes place at Fritton Lake and Oulton Broad.Slower rallies take in the Thames, River Soar, Crinan Canal (with fast sections) and Lake Windermere. These venues give our members a chance to run antique outboards and smaller, more delicate boats. These rallies are always family oriented and younger members are also encouraged to learn how to handle the boats in a safe environment.
Haven Knox-Johnston launches a new boating series…
[posted February 26th, 2016]
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Award winning film-maker John Boyle and his team explore the flavours, the aromas and the magic of visiting the French coast on their boat ‘Cecienne’ – a Princess 39. Each clip captures the tranquil beauty of some of the lesser known French ports, towns and unspoiled waterside villages, whilst soaking up the French lifestyle…

See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrxgDPjNJ8Q&feature=youtu.be


Water Lyon at Beale Park by George Bulkley
[posted February 18th, 2016]
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I spent my earliest years canoeing on the Thames and always enormously admired the Edwardian river launches. They looked so elegant but were practical too with the sociable forward steering position, an excellent view forward and close to the water so that one is really close to the bird life and river banks. The large windows in the day saloon bring the light inside and allow one to look out at the river when sitting down.The small aft cockpit is so practical since it is always one end of the boat that is favoured by sun, shelter from wind, or simply the better view.So when I decided to build a boat for river touring, Thames and France, I took this day launch with all these features as my inspiration. I wanted to build the smallest boat I could that would have a comfortable cabin for a couple, and a decent saloon, galley and shower, and occasional sleeping for visitors.I decided on an all steel hull for the French waterways, and a steel superstructure to ensure there would be no leaks.I spoke about my ideas to a number of potential steel builders and eventually settled on Tim Tyler who convinced both by the quality of his work and his eye for the details of the design.I initially sketched plans for a 40 ft boat, with 11 ft beam, but it looked somewhat stubby and Tim Tyler convinced me that I needed to go to 45ft both for elegance and a roomy enough forward cockpit to make an occasional double berth under a canopy. Work started in April 2012 and the steel hull was completed in November 2012. I spoke to a number of builders about the fit out.I wanted the Edwardian look, using reclaimed teak externally and pitch pine inside. I wanted large opening windows and full width concertina opening doors from the saloon into the forward cockpit to create one living area for fine days. The engine was to go under the double berth in the aft cabin, both to use the space, and also to ensure maximum sound deadening. Martin Kilby, who was working with Will Trickett boats, and now trades as Chisel pig woodworking, convinced me that he shared my vision, and drew up sketches for design details that exactly captured what I had in mind.The fit out under Martin’s supervision took another 12 months and Water Lyon was launched in November 2013. I set up the Edwardian Launch Company to market boats built to this design and will be at Beale Park to show Water Lyon.

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association at Beale Park this year… another first!
[posted February 12th, 2016]

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The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association is a non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring, and using wooden and bark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing heritage throughout the world.

The WCHA publishes a journal, Wooden Canoe, six times a year. Each issue is packed with articles about canoe building and restoration, canoe tripping and wildnerness skills, stories about the romance of the wooden canoe, news about the WCHA and its Local Area Chapters, classified ads, and much, much more.

Each year, the WCHA hosts its Annual Assembly, a five-day long gathering of wood canoe enthusiasts. The Assembly features workshops and programs on canoe building and restoration, paddling skills, wood canoe history, kids’ events and more. Attendance is typically over 300 members and 200 canoes.


The winner takes it all (sort of!) with Water Craft magazine!
[posted February 5th, 2016]

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This is just a very small, very random selection of the over-200 wooden boats which have been entered over the years in Water Craft magazine’s annual competitions for amateur builders of wooden boats. And over those years, the publishers of Water Craft have had most of the wooden boat types you can imagine: dinghies and dayboats; canoes and kayaks; rowing skiffs; launches – seagoing, slipper and steam; pocket and not-so-pocket yachts.

Pete Greenfield, Water Craft’s editor & publisher, says: Recently most entries have been built from scratch, either traditionally or using modern methods but we would be happy to reinstate our previous category for boats built from commercial pre-cut plywood kits if we get the entries. In short, any kind of boat is welcome, as long as it’s built in wood, plywood or both and you can bring it, at your own expense and risk, on the car-top, the trailer or the Thames to the Beale Park Boat Show.

Your boat, along with around 8-10 other invited entries, hopefully as varied as possible, will be on display for the duration of the show because the aim of the competition is to encourage show visitors to try home boatbuilding themselves. To encourage you to help us encourage them, you and a partner will receive free exhibitor passes, so you can see the show at your leisure. Parking is free and for a modest charge, you can camp on site; this year, there’s also posh ‘glamping’ on offer. There’s a variety of food stalls in the Show and a bar which even remains open after the visitors have gone home!

We want you to enjoy the Show like everyone else, so we have tried to keep the rules of our Amateur Boat Building Awards – hence ABBA – to a minimum. The most important are that this is a competition for amateur boatbuilders – not retired professionals or students training to be professionals – and neither should you try to sell your boat at the Show; Water Craft magazine offers modestly priced ads for that. Other ‘proper’ rules are that you should not move your boat into or out of the showground when the public is on site – for obvious reasons – and that you cannot just arrive with your boat hoping to take part; you must have a Water Craft invitation to enter.

So this year, the invited entrants will need to bring their boats to Beale Park near Pangbourne – post code RG8 9NW for the satnav – on Thursday 2 June and collect them after the Show closes at 5pm on Sunday 5 June. As an incentive to come, ABBA sponsors Robbins Timber and West System International, manufacturers of WEST SYSTEM epoxies, will again be giving invited entrants £25-vouchers towards their products. That’s all the invited entrants. But it is a competition, so there are also particular prizes to be won. Not First, Second and Third, it’s not Miss World and we don’t want any tears. Instead, there are Special Prizes in three categories: The Home-Built Boat Which Offers Most Encouragement to Beginners; The Most Innovative Home-Built Boat; and The Most Professional-Looking Home-Built Boat. And if we receive any entries in the old category, there will also be a fourth Special Prize for The Best Boat Built From A Pre-Cut Kit. To guarantee the editor’s impartiality, the winners of these special prizes will be chosen by a trio of professionals from the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association, each one of them in heavy disguise until we present the prizes at 1pm on the Sunday afternoon.

To enter ABBA 2016, please send pictures and a brief description of your boat, together with your contact details, no later than 1 May 2016, either by email to: abba@watercraft-magazine.com or by post to: Amateur Boat Building Awards, Water Craft, Bridge Shop, Gweek, Cornwall TR12 6UD. If you have any queries about ABBA, please email or call us on: +44 (0)1326 221424


Bird’s eye view of the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2015
[posted February 1st, 2016]


The stunning setting of Beale Park makes for a fabulous day out to view some of the best boat builders around. Camping available, so you can turn your trip into a mini break, prices start from just £32.00, see more here http://www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk/visiting/


Barnacle Bill magazine hosts a ‘show within a show…’
[posted January 26th, 2016]

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Barnacle Bill Magazine (BBM) is aimed at boat builders, owners and dreamers who are interested in boat building, adventure boating and sailing. We cover canoeing, rowing, tall ships and motor boats as well as maritime culture and maritime history. Barnacle Bill Magazine is published by The Hexham Magazine Company of Northumberland. Editor, Richard Palmer, was inspired to launch the magazine last year following the demise of his ancient sailing dinghy and horrified by the cost of ‘off the shelf’ mainstream sailing dinghies; he decided to build his own boat. This eventually led to an idea which became Barnacle Bill Magazine.

BBM will be at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show where we will be hosting a ‘show within a show’. We’re being joined by the UK’s leading builder of open sailing canoes, Solway Dory; Justin Coleman, the stand-up comedian, who is looking for a partner to join him in a trans-Atlantic row in 2017; an exhibition of modern and antique sailing canoes. We will have designs from some of the world’s leading small craft designers including: John Welsford from New Zealand, Michael Storer from Australia, Axel Schmid from Switzerland and several others. We will be representing Small Craft Advisor Magazine from Maine USA, we will also be showing the SCAMP, a revolutionary 12ft home built boat that is making waves across the world with its seaworthy and clever design. Later this year, Howard Rice an adventure sailor will be sailing a SCAMP round Cape Horn and we’ll be covering his expedition. We’ll also be hosting the Shackleton Legacy where you can come and see the clothes and equipment that Antarctic Explorers were using 100 years ago and taste pemmican (it’s really horrible). 100 years ago this year Sir Ernest Shackleton and 5 crew men embarked on a desperate voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia, 800 miles across the roughest seas in the world in a modified lifeboat called the James Caird to summon rescue for his men, marooned on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance was crushed by pack ice. Shackleton Legacy’s Seb Coulthard, an Antarctic Explorer and expert on Shackleton will be launching the most accurate replica of the James Caird to date. Lastly, we will be launching a home built dinghy that we think might be the new ‘Mirror’ type dinghy, easy to build and affordable.


New glamping options at this year’s show… do it in style!
[posted January 14th, 2016]

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Luxury camping at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show for up to four nights.


Stunning new pictures here…
[posted June 18th, 2015]




2015 show – enthusiastic crowds and stunning weather!
[posted June 14th, 2015]

This year’s Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show attracted 4,764 boat enthusiasts, boat buyers & their families for what turned out to be a vintage year for this unique & very quirky British event. Feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike has been positive (but there is always room for improvement!), and plans are already underway for 2016.

The weather remained perfect and conditions on the lake were ideal. More boats than ever before took to the waters at this year’s show – and the diversity was amazing: from steam, electric and classic boats to sailing boats, peddle boats, kayaking, SUPs, and everything in between.

There were falconry displays, classic cars, live music, cookery courses, great food & beer, a diverse range of craft & produce stands and a few stunt jet skiers hidden in the bull rushes!

There were many activities for younger children including safe canoeing on a smaller lake on site, as arranged by Dolphin Adventures, and the Scouts were on hand to extol the virtues of an outdoor life. There was something for everyone – but not one to rest on our laurels we already have some new & exciting ideas for 2016 to grow & improve the events programme.

This was also an ideal weekend for camping in a beautiful lush meadow next to the show ground with great views and great value from just £25 for up to 4 nights. And our stunning-looking glamping pods (new for this year) were a big hit. See more here: http://www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk/competitions-offers/

This is Britain’s most relaxed boat show, according to Classic Boat magazine and the organisers are determined to maintain this atmosphere for many years to come. There is no better way to start a summer of boating & outdoor pursuits than at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show.

Please find a selection of photographs (below) from this year’s event as taken by Oscar Moorhouse and keep checking back as we develop plans for 2016.

Please send us your own pictures & comments in the meantime to: info@bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk

We hope to see you all in 2016. Diary date: June 3rd, 4th and 5th…

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Let the music play on at Beale Park this year!
[posted May 30th, 2015]

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Catch the Attention Seekers (top) on Sunday for some chilled vibes by the lake and the SteamHead Band (bottom) who will be roving around all weekend with their very ‘different’ sound… let the music play on.


Take the opportunity to catch up with global outboard manufacturer, Suzuki
[posted May 27th, 2015]


Suzuki are exhibiting at this year’s Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show (5th – 7th June).

The show, which boasts a wide range of new and used boats along with interactive displays and fun for all the family, is the perfect setting for Suzuki Marine – currently celebrating its 50th anniversary – to showcase some of its portable outboards from the DF2.5 up to the award-winning DF30A.

Plus, on the water, Suzuki will be showcasing its DF50A. Delivering remarkable fuel efficiency thanks to its Lean Burn Control System, the DF50A will be fitted to a Ribcraft 4.8m safety boat – demonstrating a robust and durable package well suited to the rigours of day to day use.

Visit the Suzuki stand to speak to a member of the team or, for further information about Suzuki’s range of the ultimate outboards, visit www.suzuki-marine.co.uk


Swallows and Amazons star to sail on Beale Park lake
[posted 27th May, 2015]

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Swallow, the boat used in the classic 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons, is coming to Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show. She will be launched on the lake, and rigged with the original patched sail as seen in the much-loved film.

Swallow was rediscovered in 2010 when Turks boatbuilders held an auction to clear their warehouse of maritime film props. An appeal among Arthur Ransome fans raised enough for the winning bid, and she is now owned by a small charitable trust, Sail Ransome, set up to look after her.

On this occasion she is being brought to the show by another boat-owning charity, the Nancy Blackett Trust, which was set up to own and run Ransome’s 27ft yacht of that name, which featured as the Goblin in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. The NBT, which helped with the original fundraising, is currently ‘minding’ Swallow for the season, and will have an information stall in the Craft Tent.

Among the items on offer will be copies of the book The Making of Swallows and Amazons, by Sophie Neville who played Titty in the film.


Lots to see at the Hendy Marine stand this year…
[posted May 26th, 2015]

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You would be hard pressed to find a better line up of WBTA members – all in one place…
But you can at this show…

[posted May 23rd, 2015]



Everyone’s favourite ale on tap this year!
[posted May 23rd, 2015]

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Kindly brought to you from West Berkshire Brewery… need we say more!


Walker Outboard confirm their spot by the lake!
[posted May 22nd, 2015]

Walker Outboard services has been providing outboard sales and services to the Thames Valley and surrounding counties for the past 37 years. They specialise in Mercury outboards and Mercruiser Sterndrives, and provide unrivalled servicing of most makes of outboards.

Duncan and his son James service many of the colleges, schools and rowing clubs, at their premises, and also supply rowing solutions with outboard motors for their coaching launches, which are the favourite choice for the rowing fraternity.

The Napier-Railton at the show on June 6th – unmissable!
[posted May 22nd, 2015]

With thanks to the Railton Owners Club who have a arranged for the 24 Litre Napier-Railton Endurance Record and Track Racing Car from the Brooklands Museum to make an appearance on Saturday 6th June at the show.

Commissioned by the Brooklands’ driver John Cobb, and designed by Reid Railton, the car was built by Thomson and Taylor at their engineering works within the Brooklands site. The car was completed in 1933 and first appeared in a race at Brooklands in August of that year.


Another wow factor at Beale Park this year…
[posted May 21st, 2015]

Picture credit: Tim Tapping at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TimothyTapping/

Moku Racing has been created to develop the Bobkat brand with teams competing in the UK, South Africa, Germany and Australia. The Bobkat is very different from the other brands due to being specifically designed for rough water and big surf conditions with the boat being excellent into the wind, with the unique ability to level out in flight over surf without tail dancing which loses speed.

You will see a few on show at Beale Park – this year – if you haven’t guessed!


Buy a Post Office letter box at the show – why not!
[posted May 20th, 2015]

Chiltern antiques

Yes, those big red things you see around the streets – you can own one. They might be wall-inserts, mounted on posts or as pillar boxes standing tall on their own. They are usually made of heavy cast iron. A brilliant feature at any home. See Chiltern Antiques at the show and chat it through, or send them a letter.


Henwood & Dean bring a surprise!
[posted May 16th, 2015]
Colin at the helm of Lady Charlotte

Henwood and Dean pride themselves on producing the highest quality work in traditional wooden boat restoration and maintenance and are able to provide all of the essential follow up services needed to keep these historic and classic craft in first class condition.

Lady Charlotte (as pictured) is no exception – she will be making her appearance on Saturday, June 6th. At 43 feet and 6 inches long, this 101-year-old electric launch was the winner of Classic Boat magazine’s ‘Powered boat of the year’ Award 2015 and featured heavily in the magazine’s June issue and will be featured in Watercraft magazine’s July issue.


Welcoming the Home Built Boat Regatta (HBBR) back to the lake!
[posted May 16th, 2015]

For the past few years the HBBR group have rowed/paddled/motored along the Thames from Lechlade to Beale Park, arriving around lunchtime Friday. We are pleased to announce they are back this year – for more fun on the lake!The group formed about 10 years ago. It is a very informal and friendly group of home boat builders from around the country who meet up every now and then for a social get together.Everyone has either built or restored a canoe, sailing dinghy or a motor launch. Some boats have stunning craftsmanship and attention to detail, some are rough and ready made for fun. There are a few self-designed boats, inspired by lovely lines. We look forward to welcoming them to the show this year.


Why the ice block?
[posted May 12th, 2015]


An intriguing idea? You will have to turn up to the show this year to find out why it is a feature. Hint: Foundation for Water Research may have the answer.


Something a little different this year!
[posted May 12th, 2015]

jet skis

Never a dull moment… guaranteed. There will be displays on the lake throughout the weekend from these stunt jet skiers – but we are keeping the times a secret!


Just some of the charities you can meet this year
[posted May 9th, 2015]

Air Ambulance





Military canoe at Beale Park
[posted May 9th, 2015]


Learn about the Cockle MK7 from WW2, which saw active service against the Japanese.


Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show are supporting the international charity WaterAid at this year’s event
[posted May 5th, 2015]


In conjunction with the Foundation for Water Research, WaterAid will be present at the event across the 3 days and be running an exciting competition!

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid
Around 1400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s one child every minute.

748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world’s population.

2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world’s population.
For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.

Just £15 can enable one person to access safe water.


Whet your appetite at our famous cookery and food demonstrations
[posted April 29th, 2015]


There will be an eclectic & some may say slightly quirky range of cooking and food demonstrations during the show this year – just one of the many displays at the lake for all the family to enjoy.


Wow is all we can say! Wow!
[posted April 28th, 2015]


Moiety Mistress of Light

Magic Rose Kyrenia

D'River Billy Bolly

Waterlady Chumley

Lady-Florence LOrage-Edit

Oxford Pourquoi_Pas

Suggest you get down to the lake this year to view these wonderful boats as arranged by the Thames Vintage Boat Club… mouth watering they are, to say the least.


Scrubs up nicely – check out the ultimate marine cleaning system
[posted April 26th, 2015]

Motor Scrubber in use2

“MotorScrubber is a powerful yet lightweight, 12-volt battery powered power scrubbing brush for reliable, safe use on floors, walls, painted surfaces, boats, motorhomes or any hard to reach area.”  See them in action at the show this year!

Brought to you by the folk at Industrial Floorcare Machines. Click here: Motor Scrubber Marine Flyer IFM. Call 01442 823090 for more information, or www.industrialfloorcaremachines.com


April Press Information
[posted April 27th, 2015]

Read all the latest news here: Press update (April)



See this fabulous P1 at Beale Park – June 5,6,7!
[posted April 26th, 2015]

Typhoo p1


One of Britain’s best-loved and long-established brands, Typhoo tea, will once again be sponsoring a powerboat in the P1 SuperStock UK Championship which gets underway in Scarborough at the end of May. See the new livery at Beale Park this year at the Hendy Marine stand.


A class act – Ryan Kearley Boatbuilder will be at Beale Park this year
[posted April 24th, 2015]


Sussex-based custom build, restoration and repair of traditional river and coastal craft. Nestled in the lee of the picturesque South Downs; our workshop enables us to undertake extensive restoration work under cover, and the construction of new craft.

We build clinker coastal and river craft to the lines of historic pleasure or working craft. We can also provide winter storage for craft up to two and a half tonne.


Hobie on the water with kayaks and SUPs
[posted April 24th, 2015]


The Hobie Centre Poole (main UK dealer) will be offering you the chance to get out on the water in a Hobie Mirage drive kayak. The unique and revolutionary leg propulsion system brings the largest human muscle group into play, making kayaking easy and accessible for everyone. Anglers, especially love the “hands-free” Hobie kayaking which allows them to keep their fishing rod in their hands as they fish. Come along and give a Hobie Kayak a try.


With thanks to Haven Knox-Johnston for supporting the show this year
[posted April 21st, 2015]

HKJ logo

Haven Knox-Johnston has specialised in boat insurance since 1986. Chris Knox-Johnston, brother of legendary round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin, was instrumental in the development of the business, which is part of the Amlin Group.

We thank them for their support and look forward to working with them to create a great show this year.


Hendy Marine are pleased to be returning to the show again!
[posted April 20th, 2015]

Hendy Marine Logo

“We will be exhibiting stunning products from Honda Marine, Honwave and Jobe Water sports. We are excited to announce we will have a Hendy Marine exclusive on display, the Grabner Happy Cat inflatable Catamaran range which also marks its UK launch! This is not to be missed! We have also been appointed as the Southampton dealer for Jobe Water Sports and appointed dealer on the south coast for Honda generators. Martin Malins and John Donnelly will be hand at the show to answer all your marine questions, as well as demonstrating our product range.”

See more at  www.hendymarine.co.uk


See an array of wonderful boats as part of the Thames Vintage Boat Club stand this year
[posted April 19th, 2015]

The Thames Vintage Boat Club

The Thames Vintage Boat Club was founded at Old Windsor in March 1983 to provide a club and forum for all types of traditionally built craft; to seek to encourage their restoration, maintenance, and above all, their use, and also to produce and maintain an historical record of all traditional craft on the river Thames. If you love boats, you should be a member! Now in our fourth decade, we can look back on a remarkable success in our aims over the past years. We have around 580 members and our boat membership is around 250, amongst which will be found the finest builds and restorations anywhere. Our members include most of the reputable boat builders on the upper Thames, noted experts on engines, design, boat types and history, and many gifted amateurs. You do not have to own a vintage boat to be a member. We provide a very lively social calendar both on and off the water, and a friendly atmosphere for all, from the merely interested, to the enthusiast, and from individuals to families. Our colourful and informative website can be visited at www.thamesvintageboatclub.com


Chipper paddleboat and 4.5 meter electric open launch from Doug Halacre
[posted April 19th, 2015]

Doung Halacre

The Chipper Paddle Boat (as above) will be on the water for demos this year at Beale Park. The other boat Doug Halacre is bringing, will have its first public display at the show: The Electric Open Launch has been designed with the home builder in mind and has been built using readily available materials. This prototype has been built by an amateur with very limited woodworking experience. This boat also will be on the water and available for demos.


Beale Park Boat Show: build a pretty 16ft canoe – at the show – in a day!
[posted April 9th, 2015]

canoe build crop

Families are invited to build their own canoe under the tutelage of Falmouth Marine School. For £140 you get the fun of building your own canoe, and trialling it on the lake before you go home. Educational, exciting, and creative.

At the same venue children can build their own model boat, deck it with masts and flags and take that home as well.


IBTC – the very best in traditional boatbuiding training

[posted April 8th, 2015]

beal park stand comp

“We always try to have an active stand at Beale Park, this year we will be representing both Lowestoft  IBTC (40 years old this year) and the new Portsmouth branch.  The IBTC name stands for the very best in traditional boatbuilding training. Practical wooden boatbuilding taught on real boats, working to bring the best out of the individual and build the best boat builders.”


Adventure Dolphin ( Pangbourne) Charity
[posted April 3rd, 2015]

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Adventure Dolphin will be running free kayaking sessions throughout the show – great for kids of all ages, and of course adults.


Datchet Watersports: come and try something new this year!
[posted March 25th, 2015]

Ali sailing a Q'Ba

Dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, yachting – tuition, hire, corporate events – we do it all!

Situated on London’s largest reservoir, just west of London Heathrow with easy train access from Paddington and Waterloo, Datchet Watersports is blessed with excellent facilities for windsurfing, dinghy sailing and corporate events.

These include the vast stretch of water, the beautiful views across to Windsor Castle, excellent “galley” or catering facilities, large comfortable viewing lounge, conference/meeting rooms and ample car parking right next to the water. The Water is Big! At over a mile across, it is one of the largest of London’s reservoirs. Queen Mother Reservoir is huge!

For windsurfers, when the wind is in the right direction, you can blast for over a mile without turning around! Much further than you would venture out at the coast! We boast fleets of catamarans that many other clubs cannot accommodate because of their smaller size. High performance asymmetric spinnaker boats have enough room to really stretch their legs. The sailing club even has a few resident 18ft Skiffs!


Pridewater Estates, the friendly marinas, will be at the show this year
[posted March 25th, 2015]


Pridewater Estates operates canal marinas in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire to the very highest standards in prime locations. Most have touring caravan sites attached and each is renowned for friendly service, innovative features, and for offering locales of natural beauty with nearby places and activities to be enjoyed by customers and their families.

Pridewater Estates also offers a number of Gold Service berths with private bathrooms for the exclusive use of the boat owner and their family (available at Grove Lock, Kings Orchard and New Mills). Sites also offer; barbecues and picnic areas free for all to enjoy, secure entrances to all sites and the individual pontoons, outside fireplaces for cooler days, beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds, non-slip decking on all pontoons, bollards supplying water and metered electricity to most moorings, pump out, diesel and Elsan disposal, a shop supplying coal, gas, chemicals, magazines, maps, books and other sundries, and free Wi-Fi. There are also caretakers on every site to ensure all your needs are met and your stay is hassle-free.

For more information and to check out Pridewater Estates’ sites please visit http://www.canalmarinas.com/


Very James Bond! 
[posted March 25th, 2015]


The Thames Electric Launch Company and Michael Dennett Boatbuilders will be showing Casino Royale. This stunning restoration of a 1930s Chris Craft, evokes an era of decadence and indulgence. When it was originally delivered from the USA, it was powered by a V8 petrol engine, and had a planing speed of 30mph. The present owners wanted to use it on the Thames, so it was re-engined with a 10kW Telco Ecodrive electric motor. This gives silent, effortless cruising, but more importantly the motor fits under the cockpit floor, removing the huge engine box, and transforming the space available.

For day-trips there is room for a dozen guests, while the cabin under the foredeck gives overnight accommodation for two. Telco will also be displaying its full range of electric inboard, outboard and saildrive motors, suitable for boats from 10-70ft.

For more information, contact Telco on 07703 218906, www.thameselectric.com, or Michael Dennett on 07886 736654, www.dennettboatbuilders.co.uk


Welcoming Jachtbouw Bart Jan Bats to the show this year!
[posted March 24th, 2015]

BJ17 daysailer 3kl

The picture above shows the BJ17 open day sailor (length 5.3 m, width 1.85 m) which will be on the lake at the show. There will be one or two other surprises to view at this stand…


Take a trip out on the Barouche
[posted March 23rd, 2015]


This is an electric catamaran. She is a completely new concept in small waterborne leisure craft. A trip out on the Barouche is like no other boat you’ve ever been on, from the moment you step aboard you will notice the inherent stability of her catamaran hulls. You will find comfortably upholstered seating for two couples around a central table with a handy built in icebox.

From the moment you leave the quay you will be struck by the complete absence of any engine noise leaving you in perfect peace to enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the river. The Barouche is being sold in kit form for home completion or finishing by your local boatyard. For more details please: www.electric-catamaran.co.uk


Stirling powered boating
[posted March 23rd, 2015]

If you are looking for a silent, maintenance free engine to propel a small boat, perhaps the Stirling engine has the characteristics that could be the answer?

“I exhibit Stirling powered boats because, for me, the idea of an engine that is silent (there are no explosions) ­ and an engine that is reliable ­(as few as five moving parts) ­ ticks many boxes,” said Andrew Hall.

“Wouldn’t it be good if the engineering world and the boating world got together and made Stirling powered boats? This year I plan to exhibit two such boats powered by engines made by private individuals. This shows it can be done ­ and gives an indication of what it is like. Given “more engineering” ­ more can be done.”

This video above shows a third boat ­being exhibited at Beale Park a year or so ago. Come and find out about Stirling boating on our pontoon.


Read all about it with Lodestar books!
[posted March 22nd, 2015]

Lodestar Logo

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show regulars, Lodestar Books, have forged a matchless reputation for new and neglected nautical writing, of a mainly traditional flavour, and impeccably, yet affordably produced; Conor O’Brien, Francis Cooke and Albert Strange rub shoulders with new writers on waters from the Thames Estuary to the Northwest Passage, all in editions described by maritime author and publisher Sam Llewellyn as ‘sublime’.


Robbins will be sponsoring the Amateur boatbuilding awards at the show
[posted March 22nd, 2015]

Robbins logo hi res

Robbins will again be sponsoring the Amateur boatbuilding awards, and exhibiting in the Marine Village with its full range of Elite high quality marine plywoods and timbers.

Robbins will also be bringing WEST System Epoxy, Epifanes Paint and Varnishes, SABA deck caulking materials, along with fastenings and fixings, all with special show discounts.

They have a full machining facilities in Bristol, and will be happy to discuss your requirements at the show, and provide a no obligation quote.

Look out for their famous Teak offcuts bin with many different sizes at giveaway prices!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Garden Exteriors
[posted March 20th, 2015]

Hut 1

Garden Exteriors have been exclusively selling its range of Authentic Arctic Structures for more than 14 years and are proud to be the sole UK importers and suppliers of this superior range of Garden Lodges, Rooms and Cabins; each one is still manufactured within the Arctic Circle, so is truly an authentic Arctic structure.

All Garden Exteriors’ structures are manufactured from sustainably sourced Scandinavian Redwood and with their 45mm thick solid timber walls and double glazed windows and doors, each building will withstand virtually anything that nature can throw at it.

Each structure will keep you insulated and warm in the winter as well as cooler in the summer so it can be used for entertaining your family and friends all year round.

To see the full range of structures we can supply, along with our range of accessories and their full specifications please visit the web site at:  www.gardenexteriors.co.uk


See & enjoy Suzandy Caning & Furniture at The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show this year
[posted March 20th, 2015]


Even though Suzandy Caning & Furniture is now based near Honiton in Devon, we still make the journey up to Berkshire to meet up with old friends and because the show is so special. Come and see us in the Green area where we will have a selection of antique caned chairs for sale as well as seat weaving materials and ideas for using woven cane on your boat or canoe.

We shall have a variety of chairs in the process of being restored with different materials and will be working on them/demonstrating throughout the long weekend.

Very pleased that the show is going ahead after all; good luck to the new organisers and wishing for good weather.


Take a trip on the Consuta at The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show
[posted March 16th, 2015]

Consuta Home 3

Consuta was built 116 years ago to carry rowing umpires at the Henley Royal Regatta. Her revolutionary design made her builder, Sam Saunders of Goring-on-Thames, one of the pioneers of high speed sea and aircraft at the beginning of the 20th century.

Uniquely she still performs the same duties today, maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. You can take a ride for a small donation at this year’s show. More information can be found here: http://www.consuta.org.uk/


One pot does the lot! Natural boat cleaner by Vistal
[posted March 13th, 2015]

Vistal 2 (2) small
Vistal Cleaning Products will be demonstrating their natural multi-surface cleaner for boats at the show. It removes stubborn dirt and restores the shine to all the surfaces of your boat without using strong chemicals, phosphates and acids, so it’s fine to use on the river, on lakes and at sea, and it’s also fully biodegradable.

Vistal is great for removing oxidisation, yellowing, waterline stains, rust stains and algae from gelcoat and from painted or varnished surfaces. It doesn’t scratch and it also leaves a thin layer of glycerine on the surface which gives it an even shine and helps to protect it. Water just beads off.  Great for brightening your stainless pull/pushpit, alloy stanchions and other metal surfaces too. It also works far better than household cleaning products at cleaning fenders, upholstery and canvas. Boat owners also love it for cleaning plexiglass windows because water just runs off them after cleaning.

If you have any dirt fenders you would like to have cleaned, please bring them to our stand and collect them cleaned on your way out!

Find out more at http://www.vistalcleaningproducts.co.uk/boat_cleaning.htm 


See the Andrew Wolstenholme designed kite this year
[posted March 12th, 2015]


Demon Yachts is exhibiting the new Andrew Wolstenholme designed Kite, a 21 ft trailer sailer whose prototype generated five star reviews. With her perfect combination of stunning traditional looks, outstanding sailing performance and well thought out accommodation, Kite is an impressive all rounder.

Fun to sail single handed or with family and friends, Kite is just as at home on the race course and claimed overall victory against a 90 strong fleet at the Old Gaffers Association 50th Anniversary Regatta in Cowes.

Vinyl ester resin infused glass foam sandwich ensures she is both stiff and light, and easily tow able behind an average family car.  The tabernacle mounted mast, gaff and boom are white painted carbon fibre and combine to make stepping and rigging fast and easy.  Careful use of solid wood trims, an ash and mahogany tiller, and cream X Sails further enhance her traditional feel, while the encapsulated led centreboard and dinghy style kick-up rudder allow access to all your favourite secret anchorages and facilitate rapid launching and recovery.

The standard Kite is ready to sail for £32,000 including VAT. To find out more about Kite or to book a trial sail please visit www.demonyachts.co.uk
Email: info@demonyachts.co.uk or call 07766 040012.


Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenges
[posted March 12th, 2015]

Pangbourne, BerkslBeale Park Boat Show 2014   © Kathy Mansfield

Now in its 4th year, the increasingly popular Cordless Canoe Challenge sponsored by the leading power tool manufacturers Makita UK Ltd is again two events, not one.

On Saturday 6 June, we’ll have the Cordless Tender Challenge in which contestants in dinghies or tenders with hulls no longer than 10’ (3m) will race across the lake from the slipway to pick up a passenger from the furthest pontoon and carry him or her sapofely back to the start… and their little vessels will be driven solely by conventional cordless workshop power tools with a combined total ‘power’ of 36 volts.

On the Sunday 7 June there’s the Cordless Canoe Classic: a tournament over a longer course for longer craft up to 16’3” (5m) with no limits on the number or power of the cordless tools used to drive them. This year we’re promised our first ever tool-powered hydrofoil!

Heats will be at 11am each day, with the finals at 2.00pm. The winners of each day’s CCC contest win a set of Makita cordless power tools worth over £800 and in addition Makita give special prizes worth over £250 to the Most Imaginative Entry and the Most Practical Entry in either – not both – events. The prizes for both CCC events will be presented at 3pm on the Sunday at the Water Craft stand.

Deadline for entries in either CCC contest is 1 May 2015 at ccc@watercraft-magazine.com
You’ll find much more information plus videos of previous years’ CCCs on the Water Craft website: www.watercraft-magazine.com 

Call us on 01326 221424 with any queries.


Water Craft magazine’s Amateur Boat Building Awards
[posted March 12th, 2015]


Canoes and kayaks, dinghies and dayboats, motorboats and steamboats, even full-size cruising yachts… Over the past 10 years, Water Craft magazine’s annual boatbuilding competition has attracted a wide variety of wooden boats, all of them built by genuine amateurs, some exhibiting the first boat they have ever built.

This year, we are hoping to have entries in two classes: one for Kit-Built Boats completed from sets of commercially available pre-cut plywood parts and one for Scratch-Built Boats, in which the amateur has measured, drawn and cut to size each component. Deadline for entries is 1 May 2015 at: abba@watercraft-magazine.com or call 01326 221424

The amateurs selected by the magazine to exhibit their boats in either class each receive £25 vouchers from two sponsors, Robbins Timber – also exhibiting – and Wessex Resins & Adhesives Ltd, manufacturers of WEST System epoxies. In addition, Water Craft presents special prizes of books on boat design and boat building to winners in three categories: The Home-Built Boat Which Offers Most Encouragement To Beginners, The Most Innovative Home-Built Boat and The

Most Professional-Looking Home-Built Boat, The prizes presented on Sunday at 1pm on the Water Craft stand.