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You can check your details and make changes at any time here:

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What’s Going On at Viking?

Once you have joined Viking, you will be able to access our Members Only Facebook Group. This is where you can easily find out what is going on. The club and members post regularly into this group. Some of the Sections have their own Facebook pages too.
All club activities are on the Calendar.
You can add the calendar to your phone and it will automatically update.

The Club used to produce a club magazine, The Paddler, You can find all the previous editions here on Dropbox. Would you like to help produce a new version? let us know.

Car Parking

To use the car park a valid sticker needs to be shown in the vehicle. Stickers can be obtained for £5. They are valid for the calendar year & are available from November. Email the chairperson to order a sticker or ask on club night.

There is an agreement between Viking and Star about the car park. Viking’s Wednesday club night and Star’s Thursday club night are protected and members will be asked to respect car parking priorities of members of the other club on respective nights between 6-10.30pm. Please return their courtesy by not parking in the clubhouse car park on Thursday evenings. Use the public car parks.
There is now 2 hours free parking in all Bedford town car parks on a Saturday. Ensure you get a ticket from the machine in these car parks.
The council have agreed that Viking & Star Club members can park in the Prebend Street car park (car park information) at no charge after 6pm on weekdays & at all times at weekends.
You must display a valid VKC car park sticker or you will be fined. It’s a pay & display car park; other people pay per visit.
There is a height barrier at the entrance so watch out when you have boats on the roof. You can walk under the road bridge & launch onto the river from the bank opposite the clubhouse

Club Boats and Equipment

As part of your membership you are allowed and encouraged to use all try all the various types of kayaks and canoes that the club has.
The rear boathouse (door in the car park) is filled with a large number of general purpose kayaks. They vary in size from youth kayaks up to large kayaks with inbuilt skegs to help go in a straight line. Also, you will find a number of canoe polo boats. See the canoe polo section for more information about this sport and when canoe polo sessions take place.
The front boathouse (river side roller door) contains canoes, a 2 person kayak, sit on tops, canoe slalom kayaks and racing kayaks. A number of the racks in the front boathouse are private and you should always check that it is club equipment before taking it out on the river. This boathouse is also where the more delicate boats are stored and care should be taken in this boathouse.
If you wish to use club equipment away from the club you should always check with the equipment officer to ensure that it is free and what you are borrowing it for is allowed. Mail us here if you wish to borrow club equipment contact:
Club equipment is available for all but it is reserved for courses and is first come first served after that. It is therefore recommended that after a short period of time you start looking for your own equipment.

Boat House Keys

Keys to the boathouse can be issued to members based on criteria including: access to personal boats, access to club boats for coaches running courses, access to activity leaders.
Click here to email us with your request.

Clubhouse Key Fob

A key fob can be used to get into the changing room using the door at the top of the external stairs. The bar staff keep the key fobs and a list of current VKC members. If you are on the list they will give you a key fob in exchange for a £10 by BACS transfer. If you are not on the members list please contact

Club Committee and Officials

We have a number of Officials and Club Committee members. All the information can be found on the Club Officials page under the About Us on the top menu. Click here


Volunteers are the lifeblood of Viking Kayak Club. Becoming a member at Viking allows you to do more than just canoe and kayak. We want to encourage you as a member, be it current paddler, former member, parent or friend, to get involved in the Club’s development,
There are many ways for you to get involved whether it is helping out with competitions, coaching to taking on committee appointments, which usually change every second year, so members quickly obtain a wide experience of Club activities.
Some examples of roles which are available:
Volunteer co-ordinator
Communications manager
Legal and Admin support
Stand-alone projects,
It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know more people and add a notch to your CV. It is incredibly rewarding to help contribute to the success of the club. There are different time requirements for each role, from an hour per month, to more demanding positions requiring weekly commitment. We’ll make sure you only need to commit the time you can afford to give.
Click here to email the club secretary if you would like to help out

Bedford River Users Group

We belong to this group that meets to agree when major events take over the river. See the annual diary here

Club Clothing

We have two places where you can get club clothing.
Godfrey Sport
There’s an excellent range of kit from the cheaper items through to the more technical clothing. And you can even get any item individualised with your initials if you like!
Prestige Design and Workwear
This is where you can get casual wear such as Hoodies, Fleeces, Polo shirts, T-shirts and Trousers.
So please, have a look at the page, get your order in and wear your new kit with pride!!

Club Documents

Rules and Polices
Committee Meeting Minutes
All Public Documents   AGM, Accounts etc

Upcoming Viking Kayak Club Events:

Picnic Paddle
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A gentle picnic paddle down to Kempston Weir and back 🛶
Bring Cake and lashings of Ginger Beer 🍰☕🍷.
We can do a bit of River Clean up on the way. 🛒🗑️🪠🚲🧹.
email if you would like to come.

Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Big Paddle Cleanup on the Great Ouse at Bedford
On Weds 8th June, Viking Kayak Club (Bedford) will be taking to our local waters to remove plastic pollution and junk, as part of British Canoeings’ Big Paddle Cleanup Campaign which aims to remove 1,000 sacks of plastic pollution from English waters.

The pandemic has brought into sharp focus just how important access to clean and healthy blue spaces are for our physical and mental wellbeing. Waterways run through the heart of almost every community, yet they are blighted by plastic pollution and glass bottles.

Viking Kayak Club has been an official “Keep Britain Tidy” Rivercare member since 2003 and has been actively involved in many litterpicks and cleanups since at least then. We appreciate a clean river to paddle in, and understand the damage that litter and pollution causes to wildlife and the environment on which we all depend, and that the problem just moves further downstream and out to sea if litter is not removed.

Meet at 6pm ready to paddle
On the water by 6:30
Please email me to let me know if you are joining the cleanup

Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day
Committee Meeting
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Committee Meeting
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day
Committee Meeting
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Committee Meeting
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Committee Meeting
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Beds Canoeists – 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: