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Something for the Weekend

Easter Weekend 14th - 17th April

It’s the Easter weekend and there are plenty of boat-related events happening.

This Good Friday Plymouth Yacht Haven will be hosting its 2017 Marina Open Day. Event features include a BBQ, tours and trips aboard classic boats, an Audi Car Show, sailing and watersports activities, giveaways, sea life exhibits, Pontoon Rambles (seeing animals and plants that live under the pontoons), live music, marine equipment demonstrations and marina tours. Many of the onsite marine business will also be exhibiting, including the used boat broker, Plymouth Yacht Brokers. The free entry event will take place at the marina (postcode PL9 9XH between 10am-3pm. For more information visit the Plymouth Yacht Haven website.

On Sunday it’s the Plymouth Boat Jumble which will be held at City College (Postcode PL1 5QG). The event opens at 10am and admission is £3 for adults, with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking.

Over the last few days many tall ships have converged on the River Thames in central London for the Rendezvous Tall Ships Regatta 2017. The event starts on Thursday 13th April and will see ships anchored at two festival sites, at Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. Over 30 tall ships are expected from countries including Portugal, Spain, Holland and Germany. Ship visits are available daily in both festival sites between 9.30am-4.30pm. Visits are free of charge in Woolwich and visits to ships in Greenwich are £10 adults, £8 children or £30 for a family of four. Tickets can be purchased from the information desk in the Old Royal Navy College visitor centre with further information on website. Onshore at Greenwich will be a National Maritime Festival Zone with exhibitors including the RNLI, RYA, Clipper Ventures, Shoreseeker Rowing Challenge and the Marine Conservation Society. Event features include a Thursday night opening show starting at 7.45pm in Woolwich with an acoustic performance by Squeeze’s front man, Glenn Tilbrook, a Saturday night farewell firework display in Woolwich at 9.45pm
 and Sunday will see the Parade of Sail leave Greenwich at 5pm and Woolwich at 6pm. You'll also find information on the Port of London Authority website.

The 10-day, free-entry Thames Used Boat Show starts on Good Friday and is hosted by Tingdene Marinas at its Thames & Kennet site at Caversham Lakes (postcode RG4 6LQ). The on-site broker, Tingdene Boat Sales, will have motorboats from its new ranges on display, Bavaria, Broom Boats, Antaris and Viking. New boats from Dutch range, Da Vinci Yachts will also be making their UK debut at the show. There will also be a selection of used boats for sale available to view on the marinas dedicated sales pontoon. You’ll find more information on the Tingdene website.

Pictured – UK debut, two Da Vinci Yacht lie ready and waiting at Thames & Kennet Marina

Happy Easter everyone. Have a great weekend.

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