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Let the Festivities Begin!

That photo was taken just a few weeks ago in France, but organising Canoefest 2015 has pretty much taken over my life since then. Fortunately, we’re finally about to gather to showcase and celebrate the many ways in which little boats allow us to satisfy our natural curiosity and release our spirit of adventure. Our […]

Update – New Programme Options!

A week today, Canoefest 2015 will be well and truly under way – so it’s time for an update! Minor glitches with the system have been ironed out, and bookings and membership renewals have been flooding in – commonly mixing a little of the Core Programme with a few of the Highlight Workshops. Some key changes you may need to know […]

“Leave No Trace” with Ian Purkis

On Saturday 2nd May we’ve got Ian Purkis offering a half-day taster of what we’re hoping to add into the regular OCA calendar as entire weekends centred on Leave No Trace training – all especially developed by canoeists, for canoeists! This 3 hour taster-session will look at things like: Site selection for camping and minimising the effects of […]

“Trad” on the Tryweryn with the Canoefest Team

On Saturday 2nd May, Matt Mandrell and others from the Canoefest team will be available to take “Trad” Boaters onto the lower Tryweryn. Expect quite flexible arrangements, with scope to be guided and/or coached. This can be independently of the C-Boating with Kelvin Horner and Friends – or mixed in with the dudes in little boats.  We’ll send a […]

Coach Update

Updating as a coach has never looked so good! With Dave Kohn-Hollins heading up the team, and several workshops which are not craft-specific our 2015 update can cater for kayak coaches as well as for canoeists. Anyone just wanting to update can also attend one day of workshops without registering for Canoefest. Four full-day sessions have been put on specifically with […]

Programme Details

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend is just around the corner – and that means Canoefest 2015! Highlights this year include: Coastal Canoing with Jules Burnard A Day of Coastal Play with Ray (Goodwin) C-Boat Coaching with Kelvin Horner and friends “Trad” on the Tryweryn with the Canoefest Team River Rescue & Incident Management for Canoeists – […]

Annual General Meeting

We recently sent out our very first mailing from our all-new Open Canoe Association website – launched just in time for our forthcoming Canoefest 2015 Rally and AGM! The mailing was an invitation to: Register, get involved and/or renew your memberships; Book for Canoefest 2015 Participate in our forthcoming AGM Please click here for the formal invitation to our Annual General Meeting, […]

Canoefest 2015 Pricing

Canoefest 2015 aims to tread a fine line.  Past, present and prospective members have hugely diverse aspirations and expectations.  Some would like to bring family and join friends for a relaxed few days… but at the other extreme, we’ve calls for intensive programmes of first rate, highly original workshops in the manner of a symposium. For […]

Micro-Adventure Challenge

If your canoeing is about tripping and journeying then our CanoeFest 2015 “Micro-Adventure Challenge” might be for you. The challenge: to get up on the morning of Saturday 2nd May… and depart Dolben Hall for your own, short micro-adventure! Rules – mostly “don’t do stupid” – and “do take photos” 🙂 We’re encouraging anyone who’d like to take 36 hours out […]

Programme details and booking arrangements

Over the next week or so we will be finalising and publishing further details for Canoefest 2015. ***** Update ***** Update – Programme and Bookings Now Online HERE Share this link: ***** End ***** We’re currently awaiting confirmation of a host of other leading coaches, and are still sorting the details of their workshops. Within […]