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     Check out this video about the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation    

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On  The  Water  Event 

At Sandford Lock

Saturday 20th August 11am to 5pm

Free Boat Trips Startins 12 noon  -  Book from 11.30am

Canal Art Display,  Local Artist Paintings Sale, Raffle

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Display

Steam Boat, Lock Side Refreshments

Open Boat Viewings

Come along and have some fun ON THE WATER









Blackwater Dawn is a wide beam boat with a traditional look, and can carry up to 12 passengers, ideal for private charters, corporate outings and business meetings ...... in fact for almost any occasion.


Facilities aboard includes a large front deck, with seating, that can be opened or closed subject to weather conditions,  where river views can be enjoyed. The internal areas can be accessed by means of a platform lift, suitable for wheelchair users, and there is a large disability friendly toilet with hand washing facilities.

There is also a small galley, fridge, and gas hob, tea & coffee is provided during you cruise, also space to plate your food for a picnic lunch and serving drinks.

Enjoy the tranquil river while relaxing on-board and let the skipper take you on a river cruise to remember. The more active can help to operate the locks or steering the boat.

So why not make that Birthday or Anniversary an extra special occasion by hiring Blackwater Dawn for your private party; you can even bring your entertainment!

Corporate days out or maybe an unusual venue for that important meeting can also be accommodated; just let us know how you want to spend the day and we will help you.

Cruising the Chelmer and Blackwater is a perfect introduction to life on this unique Essex Waterway, an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors, and good for nature watching.


                      Blackwater Boats offer RYA courses for Inland Waterways (see link above)



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