Wooden boatbuilding was among the main themes of this year’s Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, one of the first of the season on the river held from Friday to Sunday, June 3rd-5th.

The show, held on a lake close to the Thames near Pangbourne, had a range of new attractions including activities for children and adults to try new outdoor skills, learn about knots and sails, and join bushcraft experts.

The recently established International Boatbuilding Training College, dedicated to teaching traditional marine skills at its base in the shadow of HMS Victory at  Portsmouth, was demonstrating some of its work.

Isle of Wight firm Sail’n’Oar will be exhibiting the Medina Scow, a classic design for DIY boatbuilders, and also its Pram Dinghy both aimed at the amateur and able to be economically built from plans and full size patterns. 
Accessible Sailing a charity based at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford which works to provide better facilities and support to help disabled sailors access the water and use their boats more easily werel be at the show to explain more about their work.

A new ‘show within a show’, known as the Sea Kayaking Experience saw manufacturers, course providers and gear specialists on hand to discuss sea kayaking and  provide taster sessions on the lake.

Another first was the stand of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, an organisation devoted to wooden and bark canoes - preserving, studying, building, restoring and using them.

Link to the show website HERE


Story dated June 8th 2016