MDL Marinas | Romsey Relay Marathon

Posted: 21st March 2018

We are running the Romsey Relay Marathon for Ocean Youth Trust South because we want to help them help more people.

The Team: Jo, Dan, Ben, Ollie, Kevin, Jane, Lesley, Sarah, Dean, Mike.

When: Sunday 13th May our ensembled team of 10 from MDL Marinas head office in Southampton will each run a 2.6-mile leg of the Romsey Relay Marathon to raise money for the Ocean Youth Trust. We are a real mix of abilities with a few newbies, some regular pavement pounders and even a couple of experienced marathon runners.

The money we raise is for the Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity that gives disadvantaged and vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 personal development opportunities through Adventure Under Sail.  For more information please visit their website at

If you would like to help us raise money for this amazing charity, please click the following link:

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thank you and we will let you know how we get on!

Easter at Sparkes Marina

From 30th March 2018 until 1st April 2018

Good Friday: Enjoy a hot drink and a hot cross bun with the team at the marina office.

Easter Sunday: Easter treats for all the family and watch out for the Easter Bunny on the pontoons!

For More Information
Call: 023 9246 3572

New Season Begins at Sparkes Marina

On the 1st April 2018
Pick up your renewal gift and meet the team for coffee and cake at the marina office.
For More Information
Call: 023 9246 3572

Sweet treats for members on Valentine's Day

Posted: 12th February 2018

You could WIN a romantic getaway for two in our luxury Woolverstone Lodges by sharing your #LoveIsOnTheWater photos with us on Facebook. Before the winner is announced for that, find out what our marina teams are offering our members for Valentine's Day…

Brixham Marina - Pop into the marina office anytime during Valentine's Day for a sugary pick up of love hearts and chocolate.

Chatham Maritime Marina - Between 6 and 8pm on Valentine's Day, pop into the marina office for a heart shaped chocolate and a glass of bubbly…

Cobb's Quay Marina - For a sweet treat, enjoy some chocolates with the marina team anytime on Valentine's Day.

Hamble Marinas - All day Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, catch up with the marina team over a glass of bubbly and chocolates.

Queen Anne's Battery - Hold out for good weather as QAB are planning on hosting bubbly on the pontoons! If the weather isn't good, then the bubbles will be served in the warmth and dry of the marina office. Either way anytime between 1-3pm on Valentine's Day be sure to head to QAB!

Sparkes Marina - On Hayling Island, bubbles will be available in the marina throughout Valentine's Day.

Thames Marinas - Enjoy coffee and chocolates with the teams in the marina offices of Bray, Penton Hook and Windsor.

Woolverstone Marina - For sweet treats and bubbly head over to the marina office on Valentine's Day.

Our marina teams put on a variety of events throughout the year, it's just one of the many benefits of Freedom Berthing. Get a quote today!

Love isn't just in the air...

Posted: 8th February 2018

… 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…

Sparkes Marina, Hayling Island - The beautifully situated Drift: Hayling Island has a romantic set menu for you to enjoy; check out the menu and reserve your place on their Facebook page.

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!

Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble, Southampton - The Waters Edge offers a tranquil setting for you to enjoy a set menu for two. Be sure to book your table quick!

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.

Shamrock Quay, Southampton - Visit the award-winning Cove restaurant for an evening of music and dining. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment!

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!

Valentine's Day at MDL Marinas

MDL partners with the Blue Marine Foundation

Posted: 16th November 2017

Last year we announced an exciting collaboration with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), Land Rover BAR and the University of Portsmouth to restore native oysters to local waters. Our aim was to introduce one million oysters by the end of 2017 to help clear up the Solent. 

Following a successful trial at the Land Rover BAR pontoon, plans were made to continue towards the one million oyster target by the end of this year. To launch the project’s roll-out across our solent marinas, we welcomed broadcaster, traveller and adventurer, Ben Fogle to our Port Hamble Marina to launch the project. 

As someone who spends a lot of his time immersed in nature, protecting the environment is very important to Ben: “My experiences traversing the world’s oceans have opened my eyes to the scale of marine destruction. The humble oyster is an incredibly powerful ecosystem engineer, capable of filtering 200 litres of water a day and supporting marine life. Restoring the native oyster to the Solent would be another step closer to turning the tide against the large-scale degradation of our oceans, and giving something back to the UK’s inshore waters which provide us with so many benefits.”

The native oyster population in the UK has halved over the last 25 years. The restoration of the native oyster will provide ecological and social benefits for the region by helping to improve water quality, foster valuable habitats which are otherwise being lost to future generations and re-establish an important strand of the economy on the south coast. 

The oysters are housed in unique cage-like structures, designed and built by MDL Marinas, which are suspended off pontoons in Hamble Point, Port Hamble, Sparkes and Saxon Wharf, as well as pontoons at the University of Portsmouth and the pontoon installed by MDL Marinas at Land Rover BAR HQ. 

BLUE is leading a coalition of fishermen, marine and local authorities, scientists and conservationists to significantly increase the population of native oysters by 2020, with the long-term aim of achieving sustainable stocks, improving the quality of water in the Solent, as well as benefiting the ecosystem and inshore fisheries.

MDL is proud to be involved in this innovative CSR initiative and we are looking at rolling this scheme out around the MDL Marinas network. Dean Smith, Commercial Director of MDL Marinas, said: “Helping to restore the native oyster population, an important part of the local ecosystem which removes pollutants and provides habitats, is one of the many ways that the boating community can give back to the ocean and improve the local waters around us for our future enjoyment.”

The cages are marked out along the pontoons with plaques, next time you're down at one of our marinas, be sure to keep an eye out!

Find out more about Blue Marine Foundation and Land Rover BAR.

Freedom Berthing: Yet more benefits for MDL members

Posted: 16th November 2017

Last season MDL saw the addition of 24 new marinas, expanding our network to 124 marinas, across Europe with Passeport Escales - making it the perfect tool for weekend breaks or longer adventures. You can now explore even more of coastal Europe from the luxury of your own boat and it doens't cost any extra; it's included in your Freedom Berthing benefits!

In addition to the UK and Italy, Passeport Escales allows MDL members to explore a stunning array of destinations across France, Spain and now Belgium too. With the addition of Ostend in Belgium, sailors can enjoy the varied landscapes of Europe’s Atlantic coasts, to Porto Deportivo Cangas in Spain, before heading around to our very own Sant Carles Marina on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Over the last year alone our members have benefited from over 15,000 visitor nights across our European network, saving on visitor fees whilst experiencing the joys of sailing further afield. Popular destinations include Cherbourg and Jersey in the Channel and Roscoff in Brittany

From the wild, rugged coasts of the Belle-Île in Brittany, to the cultural hub of Bilbao with its impressive Guggenheim museum, Passeport Escales provides a gateway into Europe that all MDL members can enjoy.

With Freedom Berthing, our members also benefit from fuel at cost, free wifi, discounted boatyard services, great socials and the option to explore the UK’s coastline and waterways in any MDL Marina at no extra cost. Get a quote today!

Find out more about Freedom Berthing and Passeport Escales.

Or find out how the Foxes got on when they toured the European network.


Freedom Berthing and Passport Escales

MDL's Marinas release event dates for 2018

Posted: 14th November 2017

If you're a planner then we've got good news for you; grab your 2018 diaries and a cup of tea and make note of the fantastic calendar we have in store for you next year!

With members' parties, fireworks, BBQs, fishing competitions, classic car shows, boat shows and open air cinemas, there's plenty for everyone! What's more, even when there isn't a dedicated event on there's always plenty to enjoy in your local MDL marina, so if you ever find yourself at a loose end, it's always worth heading to your boat to see what's on.

See what events are happening at your local marina below, with your downloadable social calendar for 2018, or see what's happening around the network to plan your weekend trips away!

Bray Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Brixham Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Chatham Maritime Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Cobb's Quay Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Hamble Marinas 2018 Social Calendar

Hythe Marina Village 2018 Social Calendar

Northney Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Ocean Village Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Penton Hook 2018 Social Calendar

Queen Anne's Battery 2018 Social Calendar

Saxon Wharf 2018 Social Calendar

Shamrock Quay 2018 Social Calendar

Sparkes Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Torquay Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Windsor Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Woolverstone Marina 2018 Social Calendar

2018 Marina Social Events