HOW ARE YOU COMPLYING WITH CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES?
We will be following all of the latest guidelines from the Government and British Canoeing at all times. We cannot advise what these will be so far ahead but will update with any changes affecting the event.
WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?
Ideally to get the most of the Festival you won’t be a complete beginner in paddle sports. You don’t need to be a sea kayaker, but having been paddling in other crafts (open canoe, short boats, SUP or SOT) would help.
I HAVEN’T PADDLED FOR A WHILE BUT WOULD LOVE TO GET BACK INTO IT. WOULD THE FESTIVAL BE FOR ME?
Definitely – small ratios will allow the groups to be made according to abilities.
IF I WANT TO PUSH MYSELF, WILL THERE BE ENOUGH CHALLENGE IN THE WORKSHOPS?
Yes. Challenges can come in many forms, such as sea conditions, technical difficulty, distance, or simply trying something new. All coaches are very experienced and have skills and knowledge to explore different concepts, and ensuring sufficient challenge and motivation is found for everyone.
I DON’T HAVE A KAYAK AT THE MOMENT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO HIRE ONE?
Please, indicate this by ticking the "I need kayak" option on the booking form. We will try to source kayaks for you.
CAN I HIRE OTHER PERSONAL PADDLING EQUIPMENT?
No. You are responsible for bringing all your other clothing for the three days.
CAN I HIRE CAMPING EQUIPMENT?
I DON’T HAVE A CAR, HOW WILL MY KAYAK BE TRANSPORTED?
So far we always managed to get all kayaks and people to and from the beach every day having people to share and offer lifts. We are confident that this year we will achieve the same although we will be working with British Canoeing to ensure we are following all Covid-19 and social distancing guidance in place at that time.
CAN I BRING MY PARTNER?
While we understand that some people need to travel to the festival with their partners numbers are limited. Our aim is to create a real community feel where every participant is an active one. Any partners will be expected to be able to paddle independently, be happy to support the co-ordination of the day for the women participants as well as join in the fun during the evening. Cost is £30 per person covering their camping. As a result we only have 8 places open to partners.
CAN MY DAUGHTER TAKE PART?
The festival is open to adult female paddlers over 18 years, and young women over 16 years supervised by an over 18 years old paddler.
WHAT IS THE CAMPSITE LIKE?
The festival has its own field within the Alston Farm campsite ground. There are toilets and showers, these take 20p for hot water, and washing up facilities close by. The ground is big and gives enough space to everyone. The marquee is located there as well from Friday evening till Monday morning. You need to bring your own tent and camping equipment, or vans. Those who need electricity need to reserve that with the campsite direct, as hook ups are limited.
CAN I CAMP BEFORE AND AFTER FESTIVAL?
Yes, you can. You will need pay directly to the campsite and the price is £15 per head per night.
ARE THERE ANY POST-FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES?
There might be. Details will be posted here.