France, Belgium and Holland

Home » Blog » France, Belgium and Holland

Angus and I have been away last week on a road trip — well, to be precise a summer networking event organised by The Yacht Harbour Association, which in turn is the body who represents marinas within the British Marine Federation. We started off in London at Penton Hook Marina, then travelled by coach (the same one which transports Watford Football Club!!) through the Channel Tunnel (a first for me) to France, and had snails for lunch (another first!) at Gravelines Marina, then on to Belgium for some beer (...Ok, so not quite the first time I've drunk copious amounts of beer, but certainly it was the first time I've drunk it in Belgium!) From there we travelled to Holland and visited a number of marinas and an amazing company who build boat lifts, hoists and fairground rides (I kid you not!) And everywhere we went we were offered beer and food, more beer and food and well, even more beer and food! Every marina was different and although they were mainly coastal or sailing boats, it was lovely to see lots of different aspects we can think about incorporating back here. It was also comforting to see that all the marinas, be they inland or coastal often shared similar issues. The trip lasted 3 days and we got back last Friday, so I've now spent the weekend having withdrawal symptoms from beer, coffee and cake (something else we kept being offered) and pondering whether I can justify another "factfinding trip" to see the rest of Europe....

Further reading

quiz night
Carol: Sun 14 Apr 11:41am

Join us on Saturday 11th May, at 7.30pm, for our monthly quiz night.At only £2 ahead, which includes sandwiches and snacks, this is a great social event; just bring your own drinks and glasses. Bring a team, or join one, and try and topple the current champions, the 'Bluebells'.If you would like to join us, please pop your name on the list in the office, or call us on 01270...

question, unknown, mystery, quiz, competition
Carol: Sun 31 Mar 2:34pm

Join us on Saturday 13th April, at 7.30pm, for our monthly quiz night.At only £2 ahead, which includes sandwiches and snacks, this is a great social event; just bring your own drinks and glasses. Bring a team, or join one, and try and topple the current champions, the 'Marina Pirates'.If you would like to join us, please pop your name on the list in the office, or call us on...

The Audlem Lass
Janet: Thu 21 Mar

The Audlem Lass will be back in the water from 30th March 2019. This wonderful little service, run by volunteers, offers a short boat trip from the marina to the bottom of the Audlem Flight (and back). The service operates every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of October. You can also charter the boat for private use during the week, subject to crew availability. Call Joe...

Marina News

quiz night
MAY QUIZ NIGHT
Sun 14 Apr 11:41am
question, unknown, mystery, quiz, competition
April Quiz Night
Sun 31 Mar 2:34pm
The Audlem Lass
Audlem Lass back in the water
Thu 21 Mar
wheelybus_o
The Wheelybus has arrived!
Wed 16 Jan 1:17pm

Janet's Blog

April 2015
Spring at last
Sun 14 Apr
The Big Switch On
January already!
Tue 15 Jan
The bridge in the Snow
It's that time of year again!
Sat 01 Dec
Peeky's Blinders
Festival Fatigue
Mon 01 Oct