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This calendar shows all events known to the SBA
- however the SBA accepts no responsibility for the veracity of information about events organised by other organisations.

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Future events

    • 10 May 2024
    • 13:00
    • 12 May 2024
    • 17:00
    • River Weaver, Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire

    STEAM@theLIFT

    Venue Anderton Boat Lift

    Nr. Northwich

    Cheshire

    Date 10th-13th May 2024

    General Arrangements and Itinerary:

    Friday 10th Launching at Winsford Marina basin. This is a public slipway, there is no charge and it is available all day. There is mooring and a water tap available to fill boilers.

    For those who can launch and have steam up and be away from Winsford Marina by 2.00pm steam to Anderton Lift to moor overnight. This is approximately a 2-3hr journey and involves two locks. These are manned locks and if you are not away by 2pm you will not make the second lock before the lock keepers go off duty.

    Those who cannot make it by 2.00pm will moor at Winsford Marina overnight, or launch Saturday morning.

    Trailer storage will be available at Winsford Sailing Club and adjoining farm, at a cost of £10 per trailer for the weekend. Logistics of getting skippers back to their trailers and to storage areas will be dealt with when we know who is attending and what the requirements will be.

    Saturday 11th The main event of the day is the parade from Northwich to the Anderton Boat Lift. Boats to be at the assembly point (Yarwoods Basin) for 10.30, which means that those coming from Winsford will have to be underway before 8.30am if they are to join the parade.

    The parade will leave Northwich at 11.00am to steam to the Anderton Lift where the wider event is being held. This will comprise of larger boats such as ST Daniel Adamson, ST Kerne, historic and steam narrowboats, 12 SBA steam launches and various other boats as well as steam traction engines etc. Walking tours of the lift, and a trip on the site trip boat are also available, book on the day at the visitors centre.

    Once at the Anderton Lift the remainder of the day will be spent in steam on display, with free steaming around the area and also with a chance to take you boat on the Anderton Lift.

    Mooring for all Saturday night will be at the Anderton Lift.

    Sunday 12th This will be a day of free steaming with a chance to go further afield, details to be confirmed based on the wishes of those present. There will also be further opportunity to ride the Anderton Lift.

    Boats will again moor overnight at the Anderton Lift with the other boats.

    Monday 13th Boats to return to Winsford Marina for hauling out. Again, logistics of moving the trailers etc will be sorted when we know individual requirements.

    This is a ‘level 2’ event, and all boats will be required to complete and return the SBA Declaration Form before the event. This will be sent to those who register.

    Costs; Launching, mooring, use of locks and use of the Anderton Lift are all free. The only costs for the event will be a £5 per person registration fee and £10 for trailer storage. Unfortunately coal had already been ordered for the traction engines before it was decided to include steamboats so we will have to provide our own coal but if this year is a success and is repeated next year then the organisers hope to provide coal as well.

    However, if you do not already have one, you will need to get a Canal and River Trust Licence. This can be done online and a short term one to cover the event costs £25-40. You do not need to get a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate for a short term license, there is a self-declaration ‘Boat Condition’ form which includes a section specific to steamboats. It will be your responsibility to get this prior to the event, without which you will struggle to get through the locks and will not be permitted to use the Lift.

    Food and Accommodation; Attendees will be responsible for sorting out their own food and accommodation. Throughout the day there will be an onsite Café serving breakfast and lunch into the afternoon, with a BBQ in the grounds and a Bar and Real Ales aboard The Daniel Adamson.

    On the Saturday night the site grounds and the Daniel Adamson will be open to event attendees only, and there will be an informal group order of pizza and local takeaway. The bar will be open until late and the drinks will be very reasonably priced. Alternatively if you wish, the Stanley Arms is a short walk up the road, advanced booking recommended.

    Accommodation in the area is plentiful, including Northwich Premier Inn and Nunsmere Hall Hotel.

    This year the event is limited to 12 SBA boats. There will be two types of registration forms. One will be for boats, skippers and their guests and another will be for those wishing to attend without a boat. There is no limit on the number of people attending, only on the number of boats, however organisers will not be able to guarantee that those attending without a boat will be able to get a place on a boat at any given time.

    There is opportunity for those who wish to extend their stay either side of the event to further explore the river and adjoining canals. Anyone wishing to do this should contact Dot Bullough (r.bullough375@btinternet.com) so suitable arrangements can be made/co-ordinated.

    Any questions, please ask.

    Daniel Hutchinson & Dot Bullough (SBA Organisers)

    Mike Carter & Dan Cross (Event Organisers)


    • 10 May 2024
    • 13:00
    • 12 May 2024
    • 17:00
    • River Weaver, Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire
    Register

    STEAM@theLIFT

    Venue Anderton Boat Lift

    Nr. Northwich

    Cheshire

    Date 10th-13th May 2024

    General Arrangements and Itinerary:

    Friday 10th Launching at Winsford Marina basin. This is a public slipway, there is no charge and it is available all day. There is mooring and a water tap available to fill boilers.

    For those who can launch and have steam up and be away from Winsford Marina by 2.00pm steam to Anderton Lift to moor overnight. This is approximately a 2-3hr journey and involves two locks. These are manned locks and if you are not away by 2pm you will not make the second lock before the lock keepers go off duty.

    Those who cannot make it by 2.00pm will moor at Winsford Marina overnight, or launch Saturday morning.

    Trailer storage will be available at Winsford Sailing Club and adjoining farm, at a cost of £10 per trailer for the weekend. Logistics of getting skippers back to their trailers and to storage areas will be dealt with when we know who is attending and what the requirements will be.

    Saturday 11th The main event of the day is the parade from Northwich to the Anderton Boat Lift. Boats to be at the assembly point (Yarwoods Basin) for 10.30, which means that those coming from Winsford will have to be underway before 8.30am if they are to join the parade.

    The parade will leave Northwich at 11.00am to steam to the Anderton Lift where the wider event is being held. This will comprise of larger boats such as ST Daniel Adamson, ST Kerne, historic and steam narrowboats, 12 SBA steam launches and various other boats as well as steam traction engines etc. Walking tours of the lift, and a trip on the site trip boat are also available, book on the day at the visitors centre.

    Once at the Anderton Lift the remainder of the day will be spent in steam on display, with free steaming around the area and also with a chance to take you boat on the Anderton Lift.

    Mooring for all Saturday night will be at the Anderton Lift.

    Sunday 12th This will be a day of free steaming with a chance to go further afield, details to be confirmed based on the wishes of those present. There will also be further opportunity to ride the Anderton Lift.

    Boats will again moor overnight at the Anderton Lift with the other boats.

    Monday 13th Boats to return to Winsford Marina for hauling out. Again, logistics of moving the trailers etc will be sorted when we know individual requirements.

    This is a ‘level 2’ event, and all boats will be required to complete and return the SBA Declaration Form before the event. This will be sent to those who register.

    Costs; Launching, mooring, use of locks and use of the Anderton Lift are all free. The only costs for the event will be a £5 per person registration fee and £10 for trailer storage. Unfortunately coal had already been ordered for the traction engines before it was decided to include steamboats so we will have to provide our own coal but if this year is a success and is repeated next year then the organisers hope to provide coal as well.

    However, if you do not already have one, you will need to get a Canal and River Trust Licence. This can be done online and a short term one to cover the event costs £25-40. You do not need to get a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate for a short term license, there is a self-declaration ‘Boat Condition’ form which includes a section specific to steamboats. It will be your responsibility to get this prior to the event, without which you will struggle to get through the locks and will not be permitted to use the Lift.

    Food and Accommodation; Attendees will be responsible for sorting out their own food and accommodation. Throughout the day there will be an onsite Café serving breakfast and lunch into the afternoon, with a BBQ in the grounds and a Bar and Real Ales aboard The Daniel Adamson.

    On the Saturday night the site grounds and the Daniel Adamson will be open to event attendees only, and there will be an informal group order of pizza and local takeaway. The bar will be open until late and the drinks will be very reasonably priced. Alternatively if you wish, the Stanley Arms is a short walk up the road, advanced booking recommended.

    Accommodation in the area is plentiful, including Northwich Premier Inn and Nunsmere Hall Hotel.

    This year the event is limited to 12 SBA boats. There will be three types of registration forms. One will be for boats and skippers, one for guests accompanying boats and a third for those wishing to attend without a boat. My apologies if this seems a little cumbersome but it is the only way to  add a limit to the number of boats. There is no limit on the number of people attending, only on the number of boats, however organisers will not be able to guarantee that those attending without a boat will be able to get a place on a boat at any given time.

    There is opportunity for those who wish to extend their stay either side of the event to further explore the river and adjoining canals. Anyone wishing to do this should contact Dot Bullough (r.bullough375@btinternet.com) so suitable arrangements can be made/co-ordinated.

    Any questions, please ask.

    Daniel Hutchinson & Dot Bullough (SBA Organisers)

    Mike Carter & Dan Cross (Event Organisers)


    • 07 Jun 2024
    • 10 Jun 2024
    • Exeter Quay and Ship Canal
    • 2
    Register

    This is a new event that is being organised in conjunction with the Exeter Heritage Trust. We are invited by the Trust and the Harbour Master and the idea is that the steamboats will be the stars of the weekend, although there will be lots of other activities going on in and around the Basin.

    Details of the activities are being finalised but the initial, important information is that the maximum number of boats is 10, boats will be craned in on Friday 7 June and craned out on Monday 10 June (and this cannot be altered), various receptions/meals are being laid on for us, there will be space for trailer and car parking. There will be no charge for any of this.

    Please only register if you are as sure as you can be that you will be attending!

    This will be an SBA Type 2 Event and so Boat Declarations will be required for all boats attending.

    See also - https://exetercustomhouse.co.uk/event/exeter-heritage-harbour-festival-2024/ 

    Organisers are Dave Biss and Gillie & Kevin Slater. Feel free to call us if you want more information before registering. Details in Funnel or on the website.

    • 14 Jun 2024
    • 17 Jun 2024
    • Mylor Yacht Harbour
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    RIVER FAL RALLY

    Friday June 14th - Monday June 17th 2024

    (With options for individuals to extend should they wish)

    We will once again be based at the well-appointed Mylor Yacht Harbour .The event will coincide with the Falmouth Classics and Sea Shanty Festival . The programme will be similar to 2023 but with some fine tuning to make better use of the time available.

    We have been invited to participate in the parade of classic boats on the Sunday .

    Although this gives us the opportunity to spend time admiring the fine collection of vessels and enjoying the vast number of Bands and singers performing, the down side is accommodation will be even more difficult to find than it was this year . Anybody considering attending should arrange accommodation ASAP.

    Entry for the event will be on the club website in September, but please make sure you have somewhere to stay before booking . There will be fees to pay as we are once again dealing with commercial organisations.

    Link to the wonderful 2022 video below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88hXR5Bwexw&t=

    Further info and links will be posted here

    For more information please email Nigel Cooper


    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 13:00
    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 16:00
    • Windermere lake, Cumbria
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    Windermere Rally; Registration of Interest

    The Dates for the Windermere Rally are now confirmed as 23rd June 2024 until 28th June 2024

    The rally will be based as last year at the Windermere Motor Boat and Racing Club (WMBRC), Broad Leys, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria and will basically follow the same outline as last year.

    Basic Outline:

    • Sunday 23rd June, launching and evening Hot Buffet at Broad Leys. (Price TBA)
    • Monday 24th steaming all day.
    • Tuesday 25th steaming all day.
    • Wednesday 26th Dress Day at the Jetty followed by Gilbert and Sullivan evening on the Lake. (Joint venture with Roger Mallinson’s Rally)
    • Thursday 27th Daytime steaming. End of Rally Dinner at Broad Leys (Price TBC)
    • Friday 28th Steaming and haul out (by 4.00pm Broad Leys.)

    Daily events to include visits to Fell Foot, Windermere Jetty Museum and the Royal Windermere Yacht Club. There will also be a ‘free’ day on the Tuesday giving members the freedom to explore or rest as they wish. There may be a visit to Millerbeck Railway but this is to be confirmed. All other meals besides the two listed above will be on a pay as you go basis.

    Event Fees: TBC, however, we anticipate a fee of £33 per person for the week for the use of the WMBRC facilities. This will include launching and mooring fees but if you choose to launch elsewhere on the Lake you will need to make your own arrangements.

    Windermere Registration Fee is mandatory and must be obtained before the rally and will be the responsibility of individual boat owners. You can no longer register at Ferry Nab. For new registrations is now £44.50 for new registrations and £33.50 for renewals.

    This is for Registration of Interest only in order to establish possible numbers and no fees should be paid.

    This is an Event Type 1 and the SBA Boat Declaration Form will need to be completed before the event.

    Chris Adamson, Organiser

    Event type 1

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 29 Jun 2024
    • 30 Jun 2024
    • Calstock

    Why not come on down to beautiful Calstock in East Cornwall this June and explore the River Tamar ? 

    Once again Calstock Heritage Weekend will be held on the 29th & 30th June 2024. 

    There’ll be Morris Dancing, Sea Shanties etc and it would be great to have a few steamboats back again.

    This will be a “informal” weekend with no fixed itinerary and you’ll be free enjoy the river and shoreside activities along with other steamboat owners and crew.

    Type 4 event (private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event)

    Moorings and slipway access can be arranged.

    Limited to a maximum of 8 boats due to available moorings.

    Please contact Ian on 07771523505 or ianofcalstock@gmail.com for further details


    • 29 Jun 2024
    • 11:30 - 17:00
    • McAlpine Steam Train and Museum Fawley Nr Henley on Thames.
    Register


    We are fortunate that the SBA has been invited to the late Sir William  McAlpine’s Steam Train running day and Museum at Fawley near Henley on Thames, Oxon.

    These ticket are only allocated to clubs and relevant organisations and are strictly limited for each day.

    Tickets give unlimited rides on the steam train and visits to the extensive steam related museum.  More information can be found at  www.fawleymuseum.org 

    Because of the limited number,  tickets will be given to the first 25 SBA members and guests who pay in advance, the ticket price is £15 per person.

    Children under 16 go free and are not counted in the numbers.

    To keep things simple payment should be made to me, A J  Hopper either by cheque payable to me, or by BACS details by request.

    We have a closing date when all tickets must be paid for and names given to Fawley by April 6th 2024.

    This is a fun day, good for a picnic and meet up with friends.

    Please contact me if  you need any more information on 01628 526499




    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 21 Jul 2024
    • Bristol Floating Harbour
    Register

     

    Steamboats @ Bristol Harbour Festival 2024


    Welcome to the Steamboat element of the Bristol Harbour Festival – we look forward to seeing old hands and new faces. The format will be much the same as previous years – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

    I should also mention that Bristol Harbour Festival is being organised by two new management organisations in 2024 (one for the land based and one for the water based activities as far as I can ascertain) so there may be some changes!

    The 2024 format will be much the same as previous years (I hope!) with a couple of variations; however, for those with short memories (like me), and those that didn’t attend last year, this is what to expect:

    Friday: Launch (Cottage Pub, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG) anytime from about 12h00 onwards. 

    Those that have signed up (and paid!) will get together for a communal evening meal at The Bear at Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4SF. (marked on map) from about 19h00 to eat at 19h30. Cash bar. Parking can be in short supply near the pub but there are a number of spaces directly outside - first come, first served.

    Saturday: You are at liberty to steam around the festival site (except as commanded by the Harbour Authorities whilst other ‘spectacles’ take place) plus we will have 1, maybe 2, coordinated ‘Steam Processions’, with live PA commentary, through the day – a great chance to show off, especially our whistles and sirens. These processions are where we earn our keep, so to speak, and whilst participation is not obligatory they are both good fun and our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the Festival for their generous hospitality. The Processions will be ‘topped and tailed’ by Harbour Launches so it is a really easy case of ‘follow my leader’. Would those of you that want to promote your boat let me have some ‘blurb’ for the commentator to use – interesting snippets about the boat over and above the basic length, engine and boiler specs are good. We are, again, promised to be featured in the Harbour Festival Programme and I don’t know how much they will print but I will let them have all that you let me have – info sooner rather than later please.

    Saturday evening – Meal - venue yet to be determined. This MUST be pre-booked with me. 

    Sunday: Lazy steam-up (10h00ish) and one procession through the Festival but, instead of turning around, we will just keep on going up the harbour/canal/river until we reach the pub (actually two pubs side by side through a lock). This will give you a chance to see where the ‘Floating Harbour’ joins the River Avon, observe some of Bristol’s industrial past (and present) as well as having a nice chug through some pleasant countryside. Lunch can be taken at either pub or onboard before returning via the reciprocal route either straight to pull-out or to another over-night on your berth.

    I will be assisting those going home on Sunday to pull out and suggest that you steam straight to the Cottage Pub slipway and moor up on the dinghy pontoons whilst preparing to pull out. This is when a degree of tact and cooperation is required as there will be a large number of other users all wanting to access the slip at this time. I will try to referee and coordinate with the other ‘team leaders’, but please be patient and cooperative in order to ensure that all goes as smoothly as possible.

    I will also be in attendance on Monday morning to assist those of you that are pulling out. In some years we have had more of a ‘traffic jam’ at the slip on Monday than we had on Sunday afternoon, so please note the comments above and I am sure it will all go ‘swimmingly’.

    Any queries, please contact me on 01275 331074 or Mobile: 0790 528 6711 or via email Kevin@ManorFarmEngineering.co.UK
    or snail mail: Manor Farm, Scot Lane, Chew Stoke, BS40 8UW.

    We look forward to seeing you all.

    Kevin & Gillie Slater

     

     

    The Member of the SBA coordinating with the Event Organiser is Kevin Slater.

     

    Event type 2 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 21 Jul 2024
    • Fawley Meadows, Henley-On-Thames, England
    Register

    Thames Traditional Boat Festival


    Thames Traditional Boat Festival will be on Fawley Meadow in Henley, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2024. This popular Thames boating event is open to all steamboats who wish to come along. Please make sure that you book via the Traditional Boat Festival website to register your entry.   

     Click here for the http://www.tradboatfestival.com/

    The steamboats attending will be co-ordinated by Andy Hopper.

    Event type 2 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 28 Aug 2024
    • 31 Aug 2024
    • Dartmouth
    Register

    DARTMOUTH REGATTA 2024 

    Once again, there will be a steamboat presence at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta.

    And this 2024 Regatta coincides with the 100th Birthday of the PS Kingswear Castle  

    https://www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk/

    If you are interested in joining us (with or without a steamboat) please register via the website.

    Further details to follow but please put the dates in your diary 

    If you have any questions about arrangements for the event, please contact Dave Biss. 

    Email: dave_biss@hotmail.com

    Tel: 01822 854433

    Event type  2 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 - 16:30
    • Fell Foot, Windermere
    Register

    Following the successful Get Your Feet Wet on the River Wey, we have started running similar events on Windermere. This is our 3rd year.

    It designed to be inexpensive, will be for a maximum of 16 people and will be highly informative and hands-on, with time on the water and the opportunity enjoy operating small marine steam plants of different kinds.

    It's the ideal starting point if you are thinking of getting a steam boat, or just want to know more.

    Registration for trainees will be open later in the year.

    Further information here. A risk assessment is available here.

    The handout which will be provided at the event may be downloaded here.

    Owners of boats participating (Instructors) please register for the event and complete the event declaration form which can be found here

    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 06 Oct 2024
    • Royal Windermere Yacht Club

    The Lay-up Rally will follow a similar pattern to last year:

    Friday - launch and steam in the North Lake or Bowness Bay. As in previous years, bar snacks will be available at the RWYC in the evening.

    Saturday - visit Windermere Jetty Museum at lunchtime; picnic or pay-as-you-go at the café. Steam in the North Lake. Lay-up Supper at the RWYC in the evening.

    Sunday - Steam in the South Lake, with lunch at Fell Foot: picnic or pay-as-you-go at the café. Return and haul out.

    The registration form will be available later in the year - probably in August. Please indicate on the registration form if you expect to go to the cafés - no commitment.

    Launching facilities for small boats will be available at RWYC, others can launch at the Ferry Nab. All boats must have a Windermere registration, which can be obtained on-line from the Lake District National Park office in Kendal. It can no longer be bought at the slipway. All boats must submit a declaration.

    Please note the Risk Assessment for the rally.

    Location, launching and mooring information

    Some suggestions for accomodation: Accomodation2021.pdf

    For further details, or to express an interest, contact Roger Calvert.

    Event type 1

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only



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