For 2018, the OCA Canoefest will return to the banks of the River Wye at Hay. We will be hosted by Aubrey and Clare from Want to Canoe. If you went to the event last year we camped on Rackety Farm land, this year we will be adjacent to this and within the Want to Canoe? enclosure.BOOK HERE
This is a member’s only event. Please ensure your membership is current before booking.
Membership is only £15 for an individual or £25 for a family per year.
Friday 25th to Monday 28th May Venue: Want to Canoe? Hay on Wye
There will be plenty going on for families and non-paddlers so should be a real opportunity to involve the whole family.
Our hosts at Hay-on-Wye are Want to Canoe? They will be supporting us throughout as well as running ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions and canoe hire for visitors to their site.
We are thrilled that Paul Villecourt will be joining us at Canoefest this year along with our confirmed special guests, Ray Goodwin and Lina Patel. They will be supported by a host of coaches and volunteers providing river trips and workshops throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Hay-on-Wye event will take on a similar pattern to the last 2 years with coaching sessions and trips on Saturday, Sunday morning and Monday. Sunday afternoon will be site based with lots of opportunities to try out different boats, and have some fun and games both on and off the water. We have also included a wellbeing focus at the event. There will be a Ceilidh on Sunday evening. Food is optional but you will need to book in advance.
Our event coincides with the start of The Hay Literary Festival. If you fancy a break from paddling it is only a short walk from the site and a shuttle bus is operating to and from the centre of town for a small fee. (This is not operated by OCA)
You can book sessions on arrival, rather than pre-booking. This will give us flexibility to change offerings depending on conditions and availability of coaches. If there’s something you really want to do, drop us an email and we will do our best to include it in the programme.
The venues will have portable toilets and gas powered mobile showers. Dogs are permitted but must be on a lead at all times, there are free range chickens so we do not want any mishaps!
Aubrey and Clare have also kindly offered camping facilities free to anyone attending the event and wishing to stay on for a few days.
Booking is now live. I would urge you to book early. Last year lots of people left it to the last minute and were disappointed to miss out we will aim to close booking by May 16th or earlier if we have reached our limits.
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