Events

Weekly Activities

Day Session Time Months Suitable for beginners   Paddling Group Additional cost
Monday Slalom Section 18:30 – 20:00 All Year No Intermediates – Advanced
Tuesday Slalom Section 17:30 – 19:00 April – October Yes* Beginners – Intermediates
Tuesday Pool Session 21:00 – 22:00 October – April Yes £5 Members / £7 non members
Wednesday   Club Night Paddling 18:00 – 20:00 All Year Yes*
Wednesday Racing Section 18:00-20:00 All Year Yes*
Wednesday Polo Section (River) 18:00 – 20:00 April – October Yes*
Wednesday Polo Section (Pool) 21:00 – 22:00 October – April No Senior Teams £5
Wednesday Club Night Social 19:00 – 22:30 All Year Yes
Thursday Star Rowing Club Night

Star have exclusive use of the car park on Thursday evening

18:00 – 22:30 All Year
Friday  Slalom Section 16:30 – 18:00 Ad hoc Ask Duckmil Jets
Friday Polo Section (Pool) 20:00 – 21:00 exc Summer No Youth, Women, Newcomers £5
Saturday Polo Section 10:00 – 12:00 All Year Yes*
Sunday Slalom Section 10:00 – 12:00 October – April Yes* Beginners and intermediates
Sunday Racing Section 10:00 – 12:00 All Year

*after completing 1 star or paddlepower

Key Dates

Aug
10
Fri
River Stour Canoe & Camping
Aug 10 – Aug 12 all-day

River Stour, Canoe and Camping trip.

(open to other crafts). Need to be 1 star or higher.

We will be going downriver from the historic market town of Sudbury, through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the edge of the tidal estuary at Cattawade, near Manningtree.

This 25 mile stretch of river passes through some of the most idyllic Suffolk scenery and links together the homes of two of the most famous painters of the British landscape. We start at Sudbury, home to Thomas Gainsborough and pass through Bures, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and the iconic Flatford Mill, made famous by John Constable.

The Plan

 

Friday

Travel down afternoon or evening and set camp, we are staying at the same campsite on both nights.

Rushbanks Farm, Wissington, Colchester CO6 4NA.

There is a pub 1.7 miles, or can rent a camp fire pit.

 

Saturday

Drive to Sudbury (get in), paddle to Bures for lunch, and then continue on to Wissington (campsite)

In the evening we plan to cook food over the campfire (bring your own food)

 

Sunday

Pack away tents in the morning & sort car shuttle

Paddle downstream to Stratford for Lunch and then continue on to Cattawade

Each session is approximately 5-7 miles long and takes around 3-4 hours. The total paddling time for each day is therefore 6-8 hours.

 

Costs

  • £22 – 2 people in tent/caravan/camper per night (maximum of 2 adults)
  • Additional children (above 2 people) are free of charge in the same tent
  • £5 – per additional adult in tent/caravan/camper per night (above 2 adults)
  • £5 – additional separate children only tent per night

It is a fairly basic campsite, although there are warm showers. They do allow campfires but only ones they provide.

  • £4 – Fire Pit (per stay)
  • £12 – Per large bag of wood
  • Wood includes fire-starters & kindling

We would get a few of these for cooking the dinner on the Saturday night and would split the cost between us.

Usual campsite rules apply, with the addition of no dogs.

We can do kit list if people require nearer the time

Due to booking requirements we would need to know who is coming, with campsite fees paid by start of July.

Any Questions and to book – Please speak to Richard Evans or Martin McConnell

captain@vikingkayak.co.uk

Sep
1
Sat
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day
Sep
8
Sat
Interclubs
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
Oct
19
Fri
Surf Trip 2018 @ The Gower Peninsular
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day
Surf Trip 2018 @ The Gower Peninsular | Wales | United Kingdom

Surf Trip: a weekend of sand, sea, fun, Kayak surfing & probably a bit of swimming.

We are now taking bookings, £48 per person. 19th, 20th, 21st October. Location: The Gower Peninsular, Speak to Mark Wilson

Nov
28
Wed
VKC AGM
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec
5
Wed
Club Awards Night
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Arrive at 7 for a prompt start at 7.30

Come and celebrate what we’ve done during the year

We have many trophies to award to members for their success & contributions during the year

Bring a plate of food to share & a prize for the raffle if you can

Dec
12
Wed
Club Christmas Meal
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pizzeria Santaniello

www.pizzeriasantaniello.com

Dec
26
Wed
Beds Canoeists – 53rd Boxing Day Canoe Roll @ Etienne Stott White Water Arena
Dec 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Boxing Day roll will take place at the Etienne Stott White Water Arena at 11.30.

Paddlers meet at the club at 10.30 to ensure that you are on the water for 11am.

The Roll will take place at 11.30am precisely

Meet at the club after for a post roll drink.

Video from last year:

2018 Events

May
6
Sun
66th Bedford Marathon 2018 @ Viking Kayak Club
May 6 all-day

Courses situated on the River Great Ouse in Bedford on a 4.3 km circuit. Races to suit Elite, Intermediate, Novice and Lightning divisions.

Information:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/us6b29zg5dcdd5h/66th%20Bedford%20Marathon%202018_Info.pdf?dl=0

Results:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8cex7wui3sp34by/Bedford%20Hasler%202018%20%28provisional%29.htm?dl=0

May
7
Mon
Come & Try It @ Viking Kayak Club
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come & Try It @ Viking Kayak Club | United Kingdom

Come along to have a go at kayaking and canoeing.
£4 for 30 minutes. Minimum age 8 years old.
All canoeing equipment provided
Bring clothes & shoes you can get wet
Changing Rooms & Showers in the clubhouse

Viking Kayak Club
Batts Ford
Commercial Road
Bedford
MK40 1QS

www.vikingkayak.co.uk

Jun
9
Sat
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day
Jul
14
Sat
River Festival – Come & Try It
Jul 14 all-day
Jul
15
Sun
River Festival – Come & Try It
Jul 15 all-day
Sep
1
Sat
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day
Dec
26
Wed
Beds Canoeists – 53rd Boxing Day Canoe Roll @ Etienne Stott White Water Arena
Dec 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Boxing Day roll will take place at the Etienne Stott White Water Arena at 11.30.

Paddlers meet at the club at 10.30 to ensure that you are on the water for 11am.

The Roll will take place at 11.30am precisely

Meet at the club after for a post roll drink.

Video from last year: