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Blackwater Boats
www.blackwater-boats.co.uk
New boat for Essex river cruises
A NEW boat that can accommodate wheelchair users and other people with disabilities or mobility problems is being introduced by Blackwater Boats for trips and longer charters on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, near Chelmsford.
Official Boat Naming and Launch Trips taking place 2pm on Sunday 28th April.
Called 'Blackwater Dawn', the traditional style wide-beam river boat, with open views from the covered forward deck, will be fully operational from May 2013. Wider than the previous 'Blackwater Rose' Narrowboat it now replaces, it includes galley facilities, a large toilet compartment and a platform lift - enabling safe and easy access for older people, and those with a disability.
Owner Ron Abbott, who runs Blackwater Boats with wife Judith, said: "We have wanted to cater for a wider range of passengers for a while and our new vessel allows us to do that. Many more people can now experience a river cruise, with all its scenery, wildlife and other sights and sounds."
Blackwater Boats have been offering trips and charters on the Chelmer and Blackwater for rivers the past ten years from Sandford Lock, near Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex. Prior to that the proprietors spent another ten years operating holiday hire boats from the same location. Charters offered range from two to six-hours which allows for either a short trip or a longer cruise through locks before returning to Sandford Lock. Prices range from �5.50 per adult for a one-hour trip to �190 for a six-hour cruise for up to 12 people.
Mr Abbott added: "Previous charters have included birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Guests can bring aboard their own refreshments to enjoy during the river cruise, perhaps stopping for a riverside picnic, or be taken to a convenient landing place to visit a local pub or restaurant."

Island Rib Voyages
www.islandribvoyages.co.uk
Island RIB Voyages and Jersey Voucher - RIB Carteret Deal
All trips are weather permitting
A valid passport is required
Multiples can be purchased
Voucher expires 01/07/2013
Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion
Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or equivalent
Highlights:
Exciting speed boat trip on our 10 metre, 12 passenger RIB.
4 hours to explore the beautiful French fishing port.
Opportunity to enjoy a spot of shopping
A chance to try some French cuisine in a variety of restaurants along the estuary
Short 30 minute boat journey
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Enjoy a short visit to Carteret giving you the opportunity to shop, dine or just relax.
This 5 hour trip (4 hours in Carteret) will take you to the tranquil port of Carteret where you can explore the local shops, have a spot of lunch/dinner or just enjoy the sunshine. The trip will set off from St. Catherine's breakwater, passing Les Ecrehous and hopefully seeing Dolphins along the way!
Suitable for ages 5+. Not advised for people with heart conditions, or people with serious back injuries/problems.
Voyage times and dates can be found on the Island Rib Voyages website by clicking the following link:
http://www.islandribvoyages.co.uk/rib-trips/available-rib-trip-dates/
Customers need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please, take a printout of the vouchers to give to the skipper. If you have an iPhone you can use the Bump app to transfer an image copy of the voucher. The app is free and can be downloaded from https://itunes.apple.com/app/bump/id305479724?mt=8
It is strongly advised you attempt to book a place on board a trip early regardless of the weather, as these spaces fill up quickly. If a trip needs to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions, Island Rib Voyages will make this decision and reschedule you onto another trip.
If you have not attempted to book a trip by Sunday, 30th June 2013, Island Rib Voyages will not be held liable if all trips are fully booked at this point. It is up to the voucher holder to attempt to book a trip early in order to guarantee a seat prior to the expiry date.
Group bookings can be made if 12 vouchers are purchased.

Bristol Packet
www.bristolpacket.co.uk
26 April 2013
The Summer season is rapidly approaching and there is lots to look forward to here in Bristol. Many food festivals, music events and of course Bristol's Harbour Festival. There will also be 70 Gromit sculptures unleashed on to the streets of our City. Each Gromit will be individually designed by different artists.
You can also see the new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry going round the harbour and take a trip if you would like learn all about her.
In amongst all the activity we will of course be running our famous vessels in the harbour and on the Avon. Our Crew and Captains are ready for what is going to be a very busy and eventful Summer.
To arrange your private party please click through to our enquiry form or visit the website for our public trip timetable.
Below is a list of up and coming Avon Gorge Cruises.
May 4 Sat - Departs 12:15pm, Returns 3:45pm
May 5 Sun - Departs 1:30pm, Returns 5:00pm
May 6 Mon - Departs 2:30pm, Returns 6:00pm
May 18 Sat - Departs 9:50am, Returns 1:30pm
May 19 Sun - Departs 11:00am, Returns 2:30pm
June 1 Sat - Departs 10:30am, Returns 2:00pm
June 2 Sun - Departs 11:45am, Returns 3:15pm
June 9 Sun - Departs 5:30pm, Returns 9:00pm
June 16 Sun - Departs 9:30am, Returns 1:00pm
June 21 Fri - Departs 3:00pm, Returns 6:30pm
June 29 Sat - Departs 9:15am, Returns 12:45pm
June 30 Sun - Departs 10:00am, Returns 1:30pm
More dates available on our website.
08 February 2013
With one month of winter left we have completed 2 boat refits. The Greenshank (butty boat to the famous Narrowboat Redshank), which we use as our Bosons locker, has been hauled out of the water for the first time in 10 years. We are replacing its bottom entirely to save the vessel for many years to come. This year's Avon Gorge Cruise Time Table has been published. We will be running more trips than ever through the Gorge to the Bristol Channel. New this year we will be operating a Lunch Trip to Beeses, every Friday during the summer holidays. Beeses have a great reputation for quality food and we are all looking forward to delicious lunches on the riverbank. Further details on these trips, or Private Parties visit our website www.bristolpacket.co.uk.

Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202. Also on Facebook /ScottishSeabirdCentre and twitter @SeabirdCentre.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non-members, unless otherwise stated.
Entry to the Discovery Centre is �7.95 for adults, �4.95 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Prices from 1 March will be �8.95 for adults, �4.95 for children and �6.95 for concessions. Under 3's are free. Family tickets are also available. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
For further press information please contact Laura Adamson or Diane Smith, Scottish Seabird Centre info@seabird.org 01620 890202.
June
Mini Makers
Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
1-2 June - Beautiful Butterflies. Join us to celebrate National Butterfly Awareness Day by making your own beautiful butterfly to take home.
8-9 June - Stained Glass Sea Scenes. Celebrate Scotland's wonderful seas by making a beautiful stained glass picture, all in the name of World Oceans Day.




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