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Canoefest 2017

Building on the success of last year’s Canoefest, this year is promising to be even bigger and better. It will take place over two weekends. With paddling opportunities during the week in between.

We welcome non members but would ask that everyone attending joins first. (Adults £15, Family £25) HERE

Friday 26th to Monday 29th May
Venue: Want to Canoe? Racquety Farm, Hay-on-Wye,

Tuesday 30th May to Thursday 1st June
Lead or self-supported multi-day trips on river Wye

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June
Venue: Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, in conjunction with Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show

You can choose to attend one of the weekends, or both. There will be plenty going on for families and non-paddlers so should be a real opportunity to involve the whole family.

Our hosts at Hay-on-Wye are Want to Canoe? They will be supporting us throughout as well as running ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions and canoe hire for visitors to their site.

Hay-on-Wye will take on a similar pattern to last year with coaching sessions and trips on Saturday, Sunday morning and Monday. Sunday afternoon will be site based with lots of opportunities to try out different boats, and have some fun and games both on and off the water. There will be a Ceilidh on Sunday evening. Food is optional but you will need to book in advance.

The emphasis for Hay-on-Wye is to promote the use of open canoes for self-reliant adventure, exploration, journeying and self-development. So exactly as our mission statement says, we want to use the weekend to encourage you to take steps toward your first journeying experience or develop your skills further to take on bigger challenges. To meet like-minded people that share the same aspirations as you and plan together and support each other.

To this end we will have Jules Burnard and Matt Howes joining us to help meet these aims. We hope some of you will take the opportunity to try an extended two or three-day trip down the Wye where we can help with shuttles.

We are very excited to announce that Charles Burchill from Canada, Jörg Wagner and Sebastian Stetter from Germany, all educators in Canadian style paddling and/or American freestyle paddling, will be joining us as well. Charles will be sharing his experiences at Hay before running a 2 day coaches workshop at Beale Park where he will be joined by Jorg and Sebastian. More details of this later.

The Hay Literary Festival is taking place at the same time. If you fancy a break from paddling a shuttle bus is operating to and from the centre of town for a small fee. (This is not operated by OCA)

The second weekend at Beale Park will focus on flat water ‘freestyle’ paddling with opportunities to paddle with style. This, along with beginners’ sessions and Thames river trips should make for a great weekend. You will also have access to the Boat and Outdoor show. We will be operating a programme of activities from Thursday lunchtime.

All activities are included in the price. There will be some advanced sessions available at extra cost at Beale Park. More information available soon. There may be parking charges when shuttles are involved and a launch fee payable on the day at Llangorse Lake.

You can book sessions on arrival, rather than pre-booking. This will give us flexibility to change offerings depending on conditions and coaches’ availability. If there’s something you really want to do, drop us an email and we will do our best to include it in the programme.

Both venues will have portable toilets and gas powered mobile shower units. Dogs are permitted but must be on a lead at all times.

Booking is now live. I would urge you to book early. Last year lots of people left it to the last minute and were disappointed to miss out.

All the price options can be found on the booking form.


Look forward to seeing you there.

Any questions please email Gary at:

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Editor of The Paddler magazine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.

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