France, Belgium and Holland

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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....

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Audlem Festival of Transport
Janet: Fri 19 Jul

On Sunday 28th July over 300 vintage cars, vans, trucks and buses will parade from Hankelow to Audlem as part of the 2019 Audlem Festival of Transport. The vehicles will then park on the playing fields. Entry to this fabulous display is FREE. You can also enjoy the gathering of historic boats down on the canal side which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday. The Audlem Lass will be running...

Party on the Park
Janet: Tue 25 Jun 4:19pm

It's back — Party on the Park in Audlem — on Saturday 6th July 2019. This fantastic annual event is set to be the biggest and best yet! Don't miss out — for one night only the playing field in Audlem will be transformed into a concert venue. Bring your picnic, a fantastic line up awaits you...Don't miss — Michael, by Ben. The ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson. With support from...

baked on board
Janet: Tue 25 Jun 4:12pm

Baked on Board — our local Pizza Boat will be at Overwater Marina on the evening of Saturday 27th July 2019 from 5pm onwards. Join us for an evening of pizza and friendly company. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Please call the marina office on 01270 812677 to book a...

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