Calling all gourmets, gardeners, music lovers, mums and dads: there’s a treat in store at Shamrock Quay on bank holiday Monday, May 7th.
Shamrock Quay Fest promises to be a wonderful day out, with a line-up to please the whole family.
Give the diet a day off as producers from Hampshire Farmers’ Markets tantalise the taste buds with everything from fresh tomatoes from Wight Salads Nursery to devilishly tempting treats by Fordingbridge Fudge. There’ll be artisan breads, game, mouth-watering pies and much more, with the Winchester Distillery, Silent Pool Distillery and MASH Brewery on site with refreshments.
Cottage Garden Plants Ltd will be bringing a range of perennials, shrubs and herbs to delight the green-fingered, while Puggs Meadow Flowers will brighten everyone’s bank holiday with their beautiful cut flowers.
Give canoeing and kayaking a whirl with Active Nation (for a small fee), check out the cooking demonstrations, entertain the little ones with face painting and enjoy the eclectic sounds of the Still-Moving DJs, the ideal soundtrack to a day of laid-back fun by the water.
And of course, Shamrock Quay’s resident retailers will be showing off their wares. Size up the catch of the day J&S Fresh Fish, indulge in a sizzlingly good fry-up at the Yellow Welly or treat yourself to contemporary cuisine at the chic, nautical-themed Cove Restaurant.
It even looks like the sun’s going to put in an appearance, with a glorious day forecast.
If you’re not a Shamrock Quay member and fancy cruising around to this lovely, lively marina on the Itchen in Southampton, why not take advantage of the MDL Freedom Berthing scheme, make a weekend of it and head on over?
Entry is free and the fun kicks off at 10AM, wrapping up at 3PM.
Which MDL site will you be heading to on Marina Day? Open to everyone, we’re throwing fun-packed family days out across the group on June 9th.
With plenty to do and try on the water, jaw-dropping displays, food stalls, great music and perhaps the odd tipple, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.
Marina Day started life at our Sant Carles Marina in Catalonia in 2015 and was such a hit that by last summer, the idea had spread right across Spain. We decided it was high time that our UK sites joined the party – we're hoping that other marinas will come on board next year and make this an annual, UK-wide extravaganza.
It’ll be a great opportunity for our members to mingle and bring along their friends and family, who are curious about life on the water. There’ll be plenty to entertain the little ones and those who are more comfortable on dry land.
Highlights from around the group include jet ski safaris at Sparkes, the Bomb Squad and their robots at Queen Anne’s Battery, jet rib rides with Saber at Shamrock Quay, a flyboarding display and light show at Torquay, an open-air cinema at Mercury Yacht Harbour, sea kayaking at Woolverstone and lots more besides.
If you’re already a member of MDL, why not make the most of your Freedom Berthing membership and check out the action at another MDL marina - or maybe two?
Just some of the activities taking place at a marina near you can be found here!
It was wonderful to see so many of you celebrating the start of the new season during the Easter weekend. Even if the weather wasn’t entirely spring-like for everyone, waterside treats from the Easter bunny and a steady stream of hot cross buns emerging from the dock offices certainly set the mood.
What’s more, with a packed schedule of events on and off the water this summer, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to burn off any excess calories all those chocolate eggs.
Here are a few shots of the Easter bunny dishing out treats to members at Torquay (including one young sailor who exchanged all her dummies for an Easter egg!) and Queen Anne’s Battery. The office at Ocean Village was packed with around 50 members who called in to toast the new season with friends old and new.
With winter finally, if reluctantly, giving way to spring, we’re excited about a fantastic summer of cruising and events.
The teams have been hard at work getting the marinas ready. The winter dredging programme is wrapped up – with a £1million investment every year, it’s no small undertaking. In 2016, enough material was dredged to fill more than 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The upgrade at Ocean Village is continuing, with a smart new look and members already enjoying the spa, gym, restaurants and bars at the luxurious Harbour Hotel on the waterfront. At Cobb’s Quay, a new a 40 ton hoist has been installed, meaning larger boats can now be accommodated.
As you’d expect, we’ve been planning our social calendar with as much attention to detail! Big news for this year is Marina Day on June 9th. After the enormous success of the inaugural family open day event at our Sant Carles marina in Spain in 2015 – the popular celebration spread to marinas across Spain within two years – we’re bringing the fiesta to the UK. It’ll be a day of music, food, fun on the water and entertainment into the evening. Don’t miss it.
Just a few of the other social highlights this year include ‘dress as you please day’ at Ocean Village in June (with prizes, of course!), outdoor film nights in July and August at Northney, adventure golf complete with cream teas at Hythe in June, the British Firework Championships at Queen Anne’s Battery in August and a beer and wine festival in September at Bray.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you, do pop into the site offices to say hello and don’t forget to make the most of your Freedom Berthing membership to visit other marinas in the group this season – and maybe even complete the set!
Helping the next generation to discover the joys of life on the water is something MDL is passionate about. For over 20 years, we’ve supported the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South, a wonderful charity that gives hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people their first taste of sailing.
On May 13th, to raise vital funds, an MDL team will be running (and possibly struggling) around the grounds of Broadlands House outside Romsey in Hampshire for the third annual Romsey Relay Marathon.
Our team is made up of engineers, a HR administrator, our head of marketing and two directors. Team members have varying degrees of running experience, from marathon veterans to complete newbies.
Dan, Ollie, Adrien, Jo, Dean, Jane, Mike and Ben will each run a 2.6 mile leg of the course, competing alongside 130 other teams.
We’d love your support to help us reach our fundraising target of £1,000 and continue to support OYT South and all the incredible work they do. Sponsor us here.
For more information about the charity, visit their website at www.oytsouth.org
Those participating are: Dan Chamberlain (Marina Development Advisor), Oliver Witt (Projects Assistant), Adrien Burnand (Head of Marketing), Jo Meekley (Project Manager - Civils & Marine), Dean Smith (Commercial Director), Jane Whitcher (Payroll & HR Administrator), Mike Glanville (Director of Operations) and Dr Ben Carroll (Assistant Project Manager).
… It's in good food and good company. Which is why we've brought you a list of restaurant offers, from across the network, to help make sure you've got your Valentine's Day plans covered.
Whether you want to make the most of having your boat within walking distance of the restaurant or fancy a romantic jaunt along to another one of our marinas using your free visitor nights, here's what's going on around MDL Marinas…
Port Hamble Marina, Hamble, Southampton - In the heart of the marina, Banana Wharf adds a touch of the exotic to the Solent waters. With a special Valentine's Day menu, be sure not to miss out by contacting them here.
Hythe Marina Village, Hythe, Southampton - From February 13th to 17th La Vista at Hythe is offering a special menu; even for those who can't make the day there's still opportunities to make the most of time with your Valentine… Book today!
Ocean Village Marina, Southampton - With a host of restaurants there's something for all palates, from Bacaro's Valentine's Day Tapas to Southampton Harbour Hotel's Jetty with a four-course meal, bubbly and entertainment, and not forgetting Banana Wharf's a la carte menu. Click on the links to see what's on offer!
Chatham Maritime Marina, Chatham - The ever-popular Ship & Trades is a short walking distance from the marina and is offering couples a romantic meal for two with delicious specials, a glass of bubbly, a single stemmed rose and romantic setting. If this sounds like your idea of romance contact them to find out more.
Hamble Point Marina, Hamble, Southampton - Overlooking the marina, and with a great choice of food and drink, Ketch Rigger will be offering a Sunday carvery if you're short of time during the week, book on their webpage here.
Of course, many of our marinas have fantastic restaurants in their nearby towns too, our marina teams can make great suggestions, so be sure to ask if you want more ideas!
On top of our incredible locations and fantastic restaurants and bars, find out more about the other benefits to Freedom Berthing and membership. Or if you're thinking about joining us, you can get a quote today!