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Beeston Marina

We are a family run business now in our second generation. We provide all the services and facilities you would expect from a long standing and well established marina.

We cater for over 100 moorers, both residential and visitors. Plus a mobile home park, for that idillic life by the river.

A well stocked Chandlery, staffed from 8.30am – 5pm, seven days a week.

The Nottingham Outboard Centre with our team of engineers ready for your service or a complete rebuild.

The Riverside Bar and the Boathouse Cafe for your entertainment and meals by the water.

We are a family run business now in our second generation. We provide all the services and facilities you would expect from a long standing and well established marina.

We cater for over 100 moorers, both residential and visitors. Plus a mobile home park, for that idillic life by the river.

A well stocked Chandlery, staffed from 8.30am – 5pm, seven days a week.

The Nottingham Outboard Centre with our team of engineers ready for your service or a complete rebuild.

The Riverside Bar and the Boathouse Cafe for your entertainment and meals by the water.

Beeston Marina

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Saltford Marina

We are a small, family run, independent marina situated on a delightful stretch of the river Avon between Bath & Bristol. We offer long term moorings to both live aboard & non live aboard boaters. As a family run business we are able to offer friendly service with top quality facilities to all our customers. The village of Saltford offers 3 homely pubs, a village store and a post office. We are situated in a pretty valley between Bath and Bristol and access couldn’t be easier: the main A4 is only a 5 minute walk away with a frequent bus service to the main line train station at Bristol or Bath. The M4/M5 is only a 20 minute drive.

Live-aboard & Non Live-aboard Welcome

We have 85 moorings both on the river front & within the marina. The marina has a key only entry system & secure car parking for all our customers. We have a members boating club who organise many barbeques and other social events during the season.

For people living aboard we are able to offer a mail room facility.

Wide-beams, Narrowboats & Cruisers

Our fully serviced, versatile moorings can accommodate most sizes of boats up to around 72 foot with a beam of around 13 foot. (Sorry we don’t do metric!). The peaceful setting is a haven for wildlife allowing you to be closer to nature and enjoy the countryside from close quarters. We are lucky enough to have breeding pair of friendly swans in the marina.
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Saltford Marina

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Tewkesbury Marina

Tewkesbury Marina has 400 flood protected berths, set in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. Located where the River Severn and Avon meet, you have a choice of cruising areas including the beautiful River Avon which meanders gently to Statford-upon-Avon. The larger River Severn flows down through Gloucester to the Bristol Channel and up to Worcester and Stourport. The Marina, with its extensive facilities, offers safe berths for family and guests to enjoy life afloat in a friendly and relaxed environment.

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Tewkesbury Marina

Tewkesbury Marina

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Shardlow Marina

Shardlow Marina and Caravan Park are situated in the rural setting of the historic, canalside village of Shardlow. The site is about 6 miles south of Derby, ten minutes from M1 Junction 24 (map) – an ideal location for both boaters and caravanners. We are on the River Trent and within easy reach of the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Erewash Canal and the River Soar. We are also conveniently located for the Derbyshire Dales, the National Forest, Nottingham and Robin Hood Country. The complex has all the facilities that both boaters and caravanners (both static and touring) would expect, including an on-site bar and restaurant with the Caravan Park being AA 3-pennant and Camping and Caravan Club listed.

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Stourport Marina

Stourport Marina is set in rural Worcestershire on the River Severn situated close to the M5 and M42 Motorways, 20 miles south of Birmingham and 3 – 5 hours from London. Convenient for cruising on the Worcester and Staffordshire canal system, 5 hours cruising from the from the river Avon and 10 hours from the Bristol Channel, giving cruising potential to the Welsh, Devon and Cornish Coasts.

There are 130 moorings designed to berth wide beam ocean going craft as well as river and canal cruisers. All berths are on a floating pontoon system with water and electricity points. The whole area has security fencing and lighting and is set in a landscaped gardens complete with a barbeque area for your personal use to entertain friends and family.

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We have a popular clubhouse with a restaurant and bar. The extensive menu is based on good homely cooking and we offer excellent traditional Sunday lunches at attractive prices. The bar offers a variety of popular beers, lagers wines and spirits. The deck patio, our latest facility, over looks the marina where members can sit and have a meal or a drink while enjoying splendid view. On a warm day you could be anywhere in the world!!

After a days cruising, you can enjoy an evening dancing, disco, or light entertainment most weekends of the year.
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Stourport Marina Review

Read this article published in Canals & Rivers December 2009

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Bath Marina And Caravan Park

Up to 88 caravan pitches available and 50 boat moorings. All pitches are hard standing and have electrical hookup, heated toilet and shower blocks available 24 hrs. On site laundry facility and childrens play area, site security and easy access to River Avon / Bristol and Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading.

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Bath Marina And Caravan Park

Bath Marina And Caravan Park

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Westview Marina

Westview Marina is on the River Great Ouse in the village of Earith in Cambridgeshire. The marina is located with good access to major trunk roads and lies 6 miles from the riverside town of St Ives and 10 miles from Cambridge. It is a family owned marina set away from busy roads and enjoying an extensive river frontage.

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Westview Marina is centrally placed on the Great Ouse. Traveling upstream through the locks you can reach St Ives and Huntingdon within a few hours and Bedford in a day or two. You can travel downstream through Hermitage Lock and reach Ely in approx 4 hours or head for the Cam and arrive in Cambridge. There is the option of going down the new Bedford River to King’s Lynn for those wishing to cruise on the coast.

Facilities at Westview include a crane with a capacity of 30 ton, a laying up area, diesel, gas and a chandlery. There is an Environment Agency waste pump out on the visitor’s jetty. There is electric and water on mooring pontoons around the marina

The marina accommodates a small caravan park for touring caravans.

The common seal is a frequent visitor at Westview Marina and the young seals enjoy putting on displays in the summer for anyone who cares to watch.

The seals enjoy the warmer weather when they sunbathe on the pontoons and they frequently follow the boats cruising along.

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Upton Marina

On the mighty River Severn, Britain’s longest river, lies Upton Marina, south of historic Worcester and north of Tewkesbury, Upton Marina offers secure pontoon and bankside moorings for all types of craft with hardstanding storage space and visitor berths, where you may take advantage of all the modern facilities you would expect from a large, well equipped, modern marina. It is also home to a fleet of holiday hire boats.

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Cruising on the Severn offers a variety of itineraries since it stretches 58 miles from Sharpness to Stourport and forms part of the Avon Ring linking the Worcester and Birmingham, Staffs and Worcs canals.

It is possible to reach Stratford-upon-Avon and moor up opposite the Shakespeare Theatre. In fact there is hardly anywhere in the country that cannot be reached from Upton upon Severn by inland waterways. For more adventurous cruising southwards, it is a day’s run to the Bristol Channel and open waters.

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Upton Marina Review

Written by Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World September 2005

Upton upon Severn is situated on the river between Worcester and Tewksbury and therefore the stretch of river on which it stands forms part of the Avon Ring connecting the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to the river Avon. Just below Upton Bridge and opposite the attractive old town is Upton Marina.

It was developed in 1974 from a site that was known as the Brick Holes which had been used for clay extraction more than a century ago and had since that time been a pond. The marina had several previous owners and in 1988 was bought by the present owners Walton Marine. This is a private family owned company whose Managing Director is Mike Cook. They also own Walton Marina on the Thames and two other inland marinas.

The Marina Manager is Steve Arber CMM. Steve first worked in a marina as a holiday job while he was at university. He was attracted by the work and after he left university he went to work for a marina at Windsor on the Thames and to run the servicing and chandlery. After a few years he then went to work for Walton Marina and came to Upton as manager in the early 1990s. His interest in marina management led him to take a course that resulted in his CMM professional qualification.

Yacht Harbours Association has awarded the marina four gold anchors for the range and quality of its facilities. They have a licensed bar, restaurant, service and repair for both cruisers and narrowboats, chandlery, boatbuilding, slipway, 18 ton hoist, hard standing, electricity and water to all pontoons, telephone, broadband and satellite TV connections if required, diesel and pumpout as well as boat sales. The only facilities they don’t have are petrol and a launderette. However, there is a launderette close by in Upton.

Many of the marina facilities are run by tenants including the chandlery and cruiser servicing. Other businesses here are Starline Marine, who do narrowboat building repair and engineering, and Starline Narrowboats who are a hire boat company based in the marina.

The fact that the marina is on the River Severn means that it can be used as a base for canal, river and seagoing craft. They have 300 moorings at present used by a variety of boats from small river cruisers up to fifty foot seagoing boats as well as narrowboats of all sizes. The mooring rate is per metre but is capped at 12 metres so that longer boats only pay the 12 metre charge.

The marina is now full but planning permission has been obtained to double the water area of the site and to develop an adjacent holiday village. The present market trend is for large cruisers and narrowboats so that though the length of total mooring space will be doubled the greater proportion of these longer boats means that the total number of moored boats is unlikely to double. They are hoping to start work on the development this year.

The marina is flood protected by its system of floating pontoons that are kept in place by pile guides as the Severn can rise by as much as twenty feet. To counter the extra strain this places on the pile guides there is a system of sixteen anchor points in the ground around the marina that are used to secure a series of wires that go out to the pontoons from these deeply driven anchor piles. The whole system is designed to make this a safe haven on a river renowned for its floods. Looking at the well kept grass banks on a warm June day, and boats making leisurely progress over the gentle waters, it was difficult to imagine the huge rises in water levels that can sometimes occur.

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Stanstead marina

The marina is situated within a mile of the confluence of the Lee and Stort at the gateway to the East of England.
Benefiting from access to the Hertfordshire countryside, the marina is ideally placed for walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching with Lee Valley Regional Park.

Boasting 200 berths, all general board yard facilities are on offer and train and bus services are within short walking distance.

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Stanstead Marina

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