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Happy New Year!
It's 2013 and we hope you've had a good festive period? 2012 was a busy year, the First West Wales Sea Kayak Meet, a trip to Kefalonia and Scotland, out to the Smalls lighthouse and working up at the Essential Sea Kayak Festival being the memorable highlights for us. We've got lots going on for you in the coming months, sea kayaking courses and white water courses suitable for everyone so have a look and come see us soon. If you see Wil, point and laugh, he'll know why!
Mike and Shelley
Winter Program �40 per day!
January 12/13, 2013 - Surfing and Rockhopping (2 places left)
January 19/20, 2013 - WW Lake District (3 places left)
January 26/27, 2013 - Sea Kayaking (4 places left)
February 2/3, 2013 - WW Dartmoor (3 places left)
February 9/10, 2013 - Rock Hopping and Incident Management (5 places left)
February 16/17, 2013 - WW South Wales/ CIWW (3 places left)
February 23/24, 2013 - Sea Kayaking (4 places left)
March 2/3, 2013 - WW Cardiff Centre/ South Wales (3 places left)
Call us on 01348 874699 to reserve your place on any of the above.
WW South Wales
December 8th and 9th saw retro Steve join us once again and Steve B and Tavi running their first waterfall! A ten foot drop into a big deep pool this drop is perfect for first timers at the levels we had. Other great parts of this river include the slot and the slides!
The previous day had worn some of the group out, which meant we were down to two for the rockhopping day. James and Kevin had a great time playing in the rocks. Despite us choosing a sheltered location we still found 2m waves with a 15 second period! Next organised date is 9th February.
Almost 50% off any bespoke sea kayaking course or trip during January and February. Bespoke courses and trips means a trip or course that's tailored to your wishes, perhaps you'd like to spend the day working on specific skills or just go for a paddle somewhere a little different or more committing than you usually would?
NBCP Ladies WW
The ladies of NBCP joined us for a day on whitewater this month. Well done to Caroline, HIlary and Beth.
Tavi, James, Steve P and Kevin arrived to Force 5 winds and 3m swell forecast. Coming up with a few incidents that the group hadn't previously considered gave them ample opportunity to practice their rescues in a real environment. Next date is 10th February.
Time to Play
We've also managed to get lots of time in to play this month. With lots of rain over the festive period we've squeezed in runs down the Nyfer, the Gwuan and a playboating session on the Cleddau.
Edith May Trading Company
Valentines and Volunteers
Valentine's aboard Edith May
Tables are still available for a romantic Valentine's night aboard the barge. There are two nights available, Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th. Diners are seated at 1930hrs and will be greeted by the sounds of Tessa Billington's harp playing. Choices should be made in advance, with the specially prepared menu attached to this email. The evening is �90 per couple. There are tables of 4 and 6 should you wish to share the evening with friends. To reserve your table, please call 01634 365343 or visit the barge. More details available - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/valentines-most-romantic-and-unique-in-kent/
Folk band - 'We Ghosts'
The next folk evening aboard the barge is 'We Ghosts', an Anglo-Swedish acoustic trio, on Friday 22nd February. Tickets �7.50 through the website - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/5-we-ghosts-22nd-february-2013/
Calling All Volunteers!
Last year proved a struggle to get the barge ready for the season, with the extremely wet spring proving a real hindrance. This year, we would like to get ahead of ourselves and so invite anyone with a bit of spare time to come down to the dock and lend a hand. Tasks include rubbing down and painting, greasing blocks, engine maintenance, minor woodwork, re-rigging the sails and ropes and other odds and ends - jobs for everybody, no prior experience necessary! Tea will be in plentiful supply and we will be running a special trip at the start of season to take those who have helped, out on the water. The first volunteer day will be on Tuesday 26th February, weather permitting. Please email or call 07814950442 if you are interested in joining the work party. Let's hope for fine weather!
Happy New Year!
Returning for a third year, this well-oversubscribed event sees the barge turned into an exclusive fine dining restaurant for the most romantic night of the year. Enjoy a three course meal prepared by a former Westminster chef and enjoy the romance whilst Tessa Billington plays to you on her harp and Sam Palacios strums love songs on guitar. The barge is shared between only ten couples per evening, so it really is special. The evening begins at 1930hrs and we are happy to accommodate any special touches you may want for your loved one. Champagne should be ordered in advance. The menu will be published on the website shortly, but for a taster, here are some pictures from last year's evenings - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/most-unique-and-romantic-valentines-in-kent/. Please note, we can accommodate groups of 4 and 6 for those wishing to share their evening with friends. If you are interested, please contact us and we will put your name on the reserved list. Bookings are only secured once paid in full. The evening is �90 per couple.
Clearsky Adventure Centre
Camping Pods, Boat Trips, Coasteering.....gift voucher experiences for Christmas from Clearsky Adventure Centre!
Memorable Experience Days...just 45 mins from Belfast!
Strangford Sea Safari
This exciting gift voucher is bound to please even the most difficult person to buy for! With whirlpools, seals, castles and basking sharks to see, picnics to enjoy and beautiful sunsets to experience, this voucher is perfect for everyone, young & old! Price: �15 per child. �18 per adult.
Pod Camping Adventure!
A spectacular gift for a fun loving couple or family! Spend the night in one of the fantastic new camping pods at Castle Ward, go biking on the new cycle trails on a quirky tandem bike and choose from a number of fun activities to enjoy while you're there! Price: �99 per couple. �140 per family.
The most fun you can have in a neoprene suit! Scramble over rocks, explore caves, cannon ball into the water and leap off the sea cliffs! Suitable for all abilities and fantastic fun, a truly memorable experience! Price: �36.00 per child. �49.00 per adult.
Can't decide which activity they will like?
Vouchers are available in all activities or as a value (�20, �40, �50 etc...) to put towards any Clearsky activity at our adventure centre near Downpatrick, County Down. Valid until the end of next summer, there will be plenty of time to use them! Some more ideas are:
Kayaking trips, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Family Adventure Days, Couples' Activity Days, Island Hopper day trips, Nightrider (nighttime mountain biking), Canoe hire, Bike Hire.
Things To Do In Southampton - Including Bonus 5 Free Activities
Top 5 Things To Do In Southampton
1. Take Windsurfing Lessons at UK's No1 Spot with the Poole Windsurfing School
When looking for things to do in Southampton, holiday makers and locals often forget that they can take windsurfing lessons and learn how to windsurf at the UK's No1 spot, Poole Harbour. It is only 30 minutes on the motorway from Southampton and being the second largest natural harbour in the world, with a designated area for watersports, it really is the UK's No1 Spot to learn to windsurf.
2. Have a blast at Paultons Park
You can find rides to suit all the family at Paultons Park; there are real thrill seeker rides, family rides and kid friendly rides. If you are purchasing tickets in advance you can get a family of 4 day pass for �86 which is pretty good value. When you need to take a break from all the exhilaration you can see many different types of birds and animals located around the Park ranging from exotic birds to Australian Wallabies! Paultons Theme Park is full of fun family entertainment, whether it's hitting a hole in one in the adventure golf, making a splash in the water kingdom or relaxing on the Rio Grande Train ride around the park. There are tons more attractions for all the family to enjoy, making it one of the top things to do in Southampton.
3. Take a day trip to the Isle of Wight
A top thing to do when you are staying in Southampton is to take a trip to the Isle of Wight, to give you a completely different experience. The perfect break on the Isle of Wight consists of many elements; strolls along the beaches, fun at Blackgang Chine, animal magic at the Isle of Wight Zoo and reminders of this Dinosaur Isle's prehistoric past. The most iconic image on the Isle of Wight is the Needles. Get a good view from Alum Bay, have fun at The Needles Park and take the chairlift down to the beach. With up to 350 ferry crossings a day, it's really simple to travel to the Isle of Wight as a day trip from Southampton.
4. Beaulieu National Motor Museum
There are so many great exhibitions at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum. The BOND IN MOTION exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, showcases 50 of the best loved and most iconic Bond vehicles - some never before seen in public - in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond films. 'World of Top Gear' features actual vehicles created by presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for some of their most ambitious challenges. The motor vehicle collection in the National Motor Museum remains one of Beaulieu's most famous attractions with more than 250 on show from the earliest examples of motoring and family cars of the 30s and 40s through to classic cars of the 70s and 80s and rare motoring oddities.
5. Learn about the 'Gateway to the World' at the SeaCity Museum
For a long time Southampton has been known as the 'Gateway to the World', a place for traders, settlers and those seeking refuge. At the SeaCity Museum you can learn all about the city's maritime history. There is also a great exhibition all about the mystery surrounding the Titanic, with the centre-piece of this gallery featuring a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic, showing the intricate layout of the vessel. Find out more on the SeaCity Museum webpage. As an addition or backup to the above we have also compiled a list from our insider local knowledge of the top 5 free things to do in Southampton! Incorporate some or all of the following free Southampton tourist activities and you can justify one or two of the great paid for experiences, such as windsurfing lessons at the Poole Windsurfing School.
Top 5 Free Things To Do In Southampton
1. Stroll through the wild heath lands of The New Forest
Less than 30 minutes from Southampton is The New Forest a huge area of wild heath and woodland where you can see wild ponies, donkeys and deer. The New Forest is the only area of England to remain relatively untouched since Norman times, thanks in large part to its unsuitability as agricultural land. It still retains a code of law handed down during the reign of William the Conqueror that protects the land from development. The New Forest is a great low key Southampton tourist attraction - try to escape from the confines of the car and head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages. The New Forest is a genuine walker's paradise with many circular and linear routes. There are many picnic sites with toilet facilities, all of which are carefully sited to allow visitors safe and easy access to a variety of forest landscapes. The New Forest is a fantastic place for cycling with miles and miles of traffic free off-road tracks leading you right into the heart of the forest with few hills to worry about.
2. Look around the Southampton City Art Gallery
The gallery is internationally renowned for its impressive art collection, spanning six centuries of European art history. Thousands of visitors explore the exhibitions and displays every month. Finding the Southampton City Art Gallery is easy, go to the Civic Centre (it's the big grey building with the tall clock tower - easily walkable from the West Quay car parks or the railway station). It's free and actually a very good gallery. There is always something to do for families at the gallery. Children and adults can explore exhibitions together through gallery trails, and during the school holiday's they have a fantastic range of activities for children of all ages. There is also a rather nice cafeteria for lunch or snacks. Allow about 2 hours for a visit to see the lot.
3. Take a rain check and browse around West Quay Shopping Centre
WestQuay shopping centre has over 100 stylish shops for you to explore including Apple, Dorothy Perkins and John Lewis. When the shopping bags are getting heavy you will have plenty of options for getting a bite to eat with the new dining level at WestQuay, introducing new brands such as Pizza Express, Wagamama and Caf� Rouge Express. WestQuay is conveniently at the centre of major road networks and hosts 2 dedicated car parks offering over 4,000 car parking spaces. There's a free shuttle bus from the railway station to West Quay shops and Town Quay, ask the station staff for where the shuttle bus stop is.
4. Take a picnic and enjoy the Southampton Common
Take a picnic to the community award winning Southampton Common, a much loved and well used green space and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Common is one of the UK's most important wildlife sites and internationally listed as a site of excellence. This place makes for one of the really nice free Southampton tourist activities that is enjoyed just as much by the locals! Once you have had your picnic why not stroll over to the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre. Situated on the south east corner of Southampton Common the centre provides information about Southampton's abundant wildlife and how the City's open spaces are managed, to protect and increase biodiversity.
5. Look at the boats in Ocean Village Marina & Town Quay
Situated in the shelter of Southampton Water, and right in the heart of Southampton, Ocean Village offers more than just a marina. It has great restaurants and bars, two cinemas, great sailing facilities and great views. Overlooking the marina is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Ocean Village has plenty of parking, spread across a surface car park (which is closed during major events such as the Clipper Round the World Race and the Sports Boat and RIB Show) and a huge multi-storey car park. Town Quay is the departure point for the Isle of Wight passenger and Hythe ferries. From here you get a good view of the big ships including the Queens (if it's in dock) and the giant P&O cruisers. This is one of the great free activities in Southampton. Take a camera and a brolly if it's raining. The free shuttle runs to here from the station via West Quay.
Enjoy your stay - you certainly won't run out of things to do in Southampton!
Beach House (sleeps ten) availability as follows...
Feb Half term: 7 nights arrival 8th Feb, 15th Feb, 22nd Feb - �650 including hire of surf equipment.
Easter Break: 7 nights arrival 29th March, 5th April - �850 including hire of equipment.
And then on the 29th March we have a few places left on our Duke of Edinburgh residential - 5 nights, �250 inclusive of 5 lessons and hire... staying at our Trenant Flat.
Errant Surf Holidays
Big Waves in Newquay - �60 Flights to Morocco - Luxury Surfing in Sri Lanka
4* Surfing in Sri Lanka
The luxury 4* Chaaya hotel in Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka is by far one of the best. Located a stones through from the surf breaks in the surf town of Hikkaduwa this luxury hotel it the ideal place unpack, relax and enjoy your surfing holiday in the tropics. Recently renovated the hotel boasts a roof top spa, large outdoor pool and every room has a private balcony to check the surf from. The surf school, which is a short walk away, is fully equipped with a large range of surfboards and friendly surf coaches. Don't let the winter pass without some Sri Lankan surf and sunshine. Prices from �649 per person in a superior room, surf lessons, surf hire and breakfasts.
We spend all day keeping up to date on the latest flight deals and look what we have found! Easy Jet are flying London to Agadir in Morocco during January 2013 for �120 return and down to �60 return in April and May 2013. Ryan Air are flying London to Lanzarote during January 2013 for �96 return. Sri Lankan Airlines are flying London to Sri Lanka in Febuary 2013 for �501 return (normally �650). Virgin Atlantic are flying London to Barbados in Febuary 2013 for �608 return (not including half term). Not flying from London, got dates to stick to? Let us know and we will search our database to find the best options for you.
Massive Surf Hits Cornwall
Errant Surf blogger, Dom Moore tackles the "Cribber" and lets us know what it's all about. With the recent huge swells that have been hammering into the Cornish coastline, attention has once more been focussed on Newquay's baddest big wave The Cribbar. You can see scores of articles in the mainstream press talking about how it 'breaks a handful of times a year' and how 'only the most daredevil - or foolhardy - surfers take on the challenge' and so on, but none of them really tell you what it's like out there. I rode it last Sunday for the fifth time so I'll see if I can explain what a typical session out there requires.
Luxury Winter Surf in Portugal - Morocco New Year Special - Road Trippin' Europe 2013
Luxury Surfing in Portugal
Looking for some winter sunshine, surf and a touch of luxury?
Look no further, from November - March we have an exclusive surfers offer to stay in the 5* Beach Resort in Sagres, Portugal's most south-westerly point. Many beaches and different surf options make this a great surfing location for all levels.
- 7 nights stay in beach room with buffet breakfast included
- 3 meals (lunch or dinner - 3 course menu, drinks not included)
- Use of Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and indoor/outdoor heated pool
- 1 hour complimentary tennis or paddle tennis court hire per day
- 1 yoga and/or Pilates lesson per day
�469 per person, based on two people. One under 12 stays and eats for free. Valid November 2012 to 22 March 2013 (except from 30 December 2012 until 2 January 2013).
New Year in Morocco
Leave London on the 27th December (enough time to let the turkey go down) and you could be surfing with us in Morocco for less than you think over the festive season.
- Return flights from London to Agadir
- 7 nights stay in the Hash Point surf camp
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
- Surf guide and transport each day
�659 total (add a five day surf course for �70). Valid 27th December for 7 nights.
Not Sure Where To Surf In Portugal?
Unsure where to stay and surf next year in Portugal? Why not take your accommodation with you and truly go "errant" around Portugal by renting one of the latest in surf campervans. From �55 a day you can have your own, newly equipped surf campervan to take you where the offshore breezes blow you. The vans are available from Lisbon and Faro airport, so find a cheap flight and get out there! Full insurance is provided.
2013: January, February, March, April, May
2012: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2011: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2010: September, October, November, December