Enjoy ‘messing about in boats’ at Beale Park

  |  Published: May 1st 2015
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Wooden boatbuilding will be at the core of this year’s Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show from Friday to Sunday, June 5-7.


The event, which is open each day from 10am-6pm (and until 5pm on Sunday) is being managed by See it for Real Productions who are offering a special entry ticket price to all Wendover News readers: see details below.


Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show is a celebration of the boatbuilder’s craft keeping alive the centuries old skills of building from natural materials – boats that are beautiful to look and amazing to travel on. You will see clinker built craft (made from overlapping planks cut from fine hardwoods shaped by steam) that have been with us since the Vikings landed in Britain on iconic wooden boats a thousand years ago.


There also will be an array of modern boats on display – and if you look carefully you may see a P1 tucked away and its pilot on hand to chat to – the P1 is equivalent of an F1 car but on water; very fast, very noisy, very thrilling.

You will be able to ride boats of all shapes & sizes to your heart’s content at the show. Enjoy boats powered by steam, electric, sail and engine power – and peddle power!


You can learn how to tie knots, understand bushcraft, and you can even make your own boat to take home. 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. At the same venue children can build their own model boat, deck it with masts and flags and take that home as well.


“The response from previous exhibitors and visitors has been overwhelming,” said a spokesperson from See it for Real Productions. “The passion and drive within this lively community has taken us by surprise – and this has allowed us to focus on the core values of the show and, importantly, to understand how to bring in new features that are very much aligned to what the show is about – trying & buying boats!”


This show is geared towards the boat enthusiast & boat buyers but the organisers also understand the importance of involving families, so the next generation can be inspired.


The family area will therefore integrate with the show’s core boat values and will be educational, fun and on message: here you can learn about navigation and maritime history, re-live the life of a pirate and understand the simple pleasures of boating.


“If just one child goes away energised to learn more about boats, to enjoy boats, then we have achieved our goal.”


The organisers have even gone so far as to insist that exhibitors and caterers integrate with the show’s theme boating wholeheartedly – to the point where the coffee seller has been asked to create a special Maritime blend!


“We want every visitor to the show to be reminded of just one thing: the joy of boats, of messing about in boats.”


The Railton Owners Club is arranging to bring the 24-Litre Napier-Railton Endurance Record and Track Racing Car from the Brooklands Museum. This truly classic racing car will make its grand entrance on Saturday, June 6th.


The Railton Owners Club and their members and their cars will be thundering to the event in support. This year is also the 80th anniversary of the Brough Superior car, and a few owners have been invited along. In addition, the plan is to get a few Brough Superior bikes to visit and be displayed as part of the “birthday” celebration.


Apart from the above there are a few other surprises, so you will need to pay a visit to find out for yourself – see you there for some boat action in June at Beale Park!


In the immortal words of Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows:

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”


June 5th-7th (opening times: 10am-6pm, Friday & Saturday and 10am-5pm, Sunday). Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NW


Camping on site is available. Ticket prices include entry to The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, The Beale Park Wildlife Park & Gardens and the Classic Car & Bike Paddock including the Napier-Railton display.

Keep any eye on www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk


Special ticket offer for Wendover News readers


Usually priced at £6.00 a day for an adult (16+) and £3.00 a day for a child (5-15), Wendover News readers can enjoy a 25% discount on tickets for entry to The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, The Beale Park Wildlife Park & Gardens and the Classic Car & Bike Paddock including the Napier-Railton display.


Please say ‘Wendover News land ahoy!’ at The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show entrance to receive your special 25% discount for entry to all the attractions as above, for one day.


Tickets can also be pre-paid by visiting the website at www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk and entering the word wendover in the voucher code box (Click on the BOOK TICKETS click here now orange box, top right at the website home page).


With these codes Wendover News readers will pay just:


£4.50 per adult (16+) for a day pass (payable on the day or in advance)

£1.88 per child (5-15) for a day pass (payable on the day or in advance)

Under 5s are free for a day pass


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