Club Related Links
British Canoeing ( ex-British Canoe Union BCU ) BC is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. Bags of information on this site.
Information source for all users of the port including ship movements, navigational notices, tides, and regulations. Of particular note is that the website provides a link to Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order (DPPO) 1999, which details what may be done, and what may not be done, in the port.
Bournemouth Canoes, Poole Specialist canoe and kayak shop with experienced staff. Over 850 boats in stock.
Brighton Canoes Canoeing and kayaking retailer offering large stock levels and friendly expert advice. Over 200 new kayaks and canoes in stock.
Car Roofracks UK Ltd Suppliers of Thule roof bars, roof racks, roof boxes and accessories.
Cheltenham Canoes Supplying canoes, kayaks, clothing and equipment.
Cotswold Outdoor Retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment including tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks.
Cornwall Canoes New outlet at Indian Queens.
WHAT’S’ IT ALL ABOUT?
The South West Paddle Fest is family festival all about meeting up in the great outdoors and having fun, camping, enjoying a paddle regardless of craft or ability and meeting new friends all whilst raising money for charity!
WHOSE IT FOR?
All kayaker’s, canoeists, stand up paddle board enthusiasts, walker’s, hiker’s, campers, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, grandparent’s and even the dog as long as it’s well behaved. Encourage your friends, there’s plenty to do and there’s plenty of room!
WHERE IS IT BEING HELD?
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ situated on the breath taking South East Peninsula of Cornwall
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
For the already established paddlers there will be a variety of water activities, workshops and guided trips catering for all abilities. For those new to paddling come and enjoy our “Have a go” sessions which includes kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding with even a chance to paddle a ‘Gig’. Specialist’s in their field will be on hand for tips and advice including our very own World Record holder Pete Bray from PB Adventures complete with his Atlantic Crossing kayak and a variety of paddle sport stands and commercial outlets.
For the non paddlers, enjoy all that Mount Edgecumbe Country Park has to offer including 865 acres of Grade 1 listed landscape, Adventure Segway, Beaches an amazing coastal path, boat and ferry trips to the historic Plymouth Barbican and lots, lots more!
Within the festival only two minutes from the beach we have our own dedicated camping field situated within the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park with on site toilet’s and luxury hot showers. We also have our own bar, stage with live entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening and communal beach fire’s in which to relax around to chat about your day’s adventures.
WHAT AGE DO MY CHILDREN NEED TO BE TO PARTICIPATE?
We aim to provide a “have a go” session for all children from 8 to 80 at the discretion of the instructor however the weather conditions and their ability to swim will have the final say. Parents MUST be present when their child/ren is/are on the water however allowances will be made for kids 77 years and older!
ACTIVITIES FOR THE LITTLE ONE’S (8 years and below)
Our ‘Have a Go’ activities consist of morning and afternoon sessions which means everyone can enjoy playing on the water at one time or another by taking in turns to look after the young folk. In keeping with the ‘outdoor’ ethos of the festival, children 8 years and below can enjoy being part of our ‘Adventure Club’ which consists of professionally organised and delivered fun activities including beach combing and den building to name but a few. Children 7 years and below can enjoy ‘Free’ membership! We will require a parent or guardian present throughout but this is a fantastic way to have fun with your child in the outdoors whilst they learn all about mother nature and what she has to offer. Places will be limited so please ensure you book your child/ren a place when you purchase your family tickets.
Other ‘FREE’ activities for our family ticket holder young folk will include a bouncy castle, giant snakes and ladders, hoola hoops and bubble making.
DO I NEED MY OWN PADDLING GEAR?
In short – Yes however for those participating in our “have a go” sessions all craft’s and associated safety gear is supplied including tuition. All you will only need to participate is a pair of beach shoes, wet suit or shorts and a T-Shirt and a towel. Please ensure you bring warm clothing to change into on completion of your activities.
There is an opportunity to rent at additional cost but due to demand we highly recommend you contact us to pre-book your requirements by using our “contact us” page on this website.
HOW SAFE IS IT? With all adventure sports there is an element of risk however through our event management action plan (which is scrutinised independently by the Local Safety Advisory Group Police, Ambulance, Coastguard etc) we are confident we have everything covered. Off shore paddling safety will be covered by individual instructors backed up by a safety boat. Intermediate and advanced trips will rely on self rescue with instructor and competent paddler assistance if required. “Have a go” sessions off Barn Pool Beach will be covered by safety Boat and competent kayakers who will be constantly on the water. All instructors will be linked to safety boats via VHF Radio and a separate radio network linking safety boats to the control tent at Barnpool Beach. There will be two ‘Role 1 Medical’ staff including Paramedic complete with first aid post during the day with an on ‘out of hours’ call out service during silent hours.
WHAT TO BRING?
- Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping matt
- Folding Chair
- Head Torch/Battery powered lantern
- Kayak, canoe, paddle board and associated equipment
- Sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen, insect repellent
- Food , camping stove and fuel (NO DISPOSABLE BBQ’s PLEASE)
- Cash for the bar and of course park activities
- Suitable clothing including beach shoes for your intended activity
- Bin Bags for your rubbish
- Poop bags for your extended family members
WHAT NOT TO BRING?
IS FOOD PROVIDED?
As the idea of the festival is all about the great outdoors, you are encouraged to cook your own food on your camping stove. If this doesn’t appeal, the festival incorporates a variety of catering outlets including burger’s, pizza’s, wraps, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Entrance into the festival ground is completely free although parking charges apply. For those wishing to participate in the weekends paddling activities a pre-booked ticket (less ‘Have a Go’ sessions subject to availability) will be required. Tickets start from £65 and include two nights camping, festival parking, paddling in organised groups, skills workshops, entertainment, luxury hot showers and on site toilets. Discounted ticket’s available for group bookings. Caravans and camper vans are welcome at no additional cost! As previously stated ‘Have a Go’ tickets can be purchased on the day subject to availability or to ensure your place pre-booked via our ticket page.
Just camping? Ticket’s start from £45 for the weekend and include all the above less water activities.
HOW CAN I BUY A TICKET? Contact Tony Sickelmore, the Club Treasurer, for discounted tickets.
General Interest Links
UK River Guide Information about UK rivers.
BoaterTalk Discussion Forum A site to get and exchange white-water information.
Surfers Against Sewage Campaign for clean, safe recreational waters.
Unsponsored This site provides information and forums about UK paddling and is independent of any company/individual in the kayak market place.
Paddling.net Information on canoeing and kayaking including buyers’ guides, articles, classifieds, photos, outfitters, dealers.
River Levels A set of links to web cams on local rivers.
Dagger is made up of the world’s most dedicated paddlers whose love for adrenaline and pursuit of excellence has propelled them and their designs to the forefront of the paddling world.
Double Dutch Absolute leader in light- weight, high strength kayaks, canoes and paddles, for competition as well as recreational paddling.
Kirton Kayaks Leaders in designing, refining and producing race winning kayaks. Canoes built by canoeists for canoeing people
Mega Performance Kayaks Mega Kayaks have been used to win a multitude of National, International and World Titles in competition as well as on expeditions and of course recreational paddling.
Nelo Racing Kayaks We are one of the biggest companies in the world and with no doubts one of the best. We produce mainly kayaks and canoes but also a big number of rowing boats and other composite parts.
Nookie makes many kinds of watersports gear, thermal and fleece clothing, personal protective equipment and a wide range of rescue products for the emergency services.
Palm has grown from small beginnings into a globally recognised leader in water sports equipment and apparel.
Perception Kayaks (World) Perception we have been making kayaks for 25 years now. In that time other manufacturers have come and gone but Perception remains the world’s leading manufacturer of modern kayaks
Pyranha Kayaks We’re the same now as we were 30 years ago when we sold our first boat. A small company formed, run and driven by a group of enthusiasts. Driven by us and the people who use, sell and hang out in our boats.