MDL Marinas Welcomes The View Café to Northney Marina

Posted: 20th April 2016

MDL Marinas is excited to welcome The View café to Northney Marina on Hayling Island. The latest addition to the marina officially opened over the Easter weekend and is housed within a Swiss-style log cabin with indoor and outdoor seating, affording customers a fabulous outlook of the marina.

Offering cream teas, coffees, homemade cakes, doorstop sandwiches and hot snacks, the café is planning to offer a full kitchen menu to its customers in the near future. Joules Preston, owner of The View, commented: “We have worked hard to make a tasty, homemade menu with something for everyone and it seems to be going down well so far – we’ve been much busier than we anticipated. We’re planning to add a new kitchen soon so we’ll be able to offer up even more delicious treats for our customers.”

Emma Coverley, Assistant Manager at Northney Marina, said: “It’s been a real treat having Joules’ café here at the marina, the food is delicious and we’ve had some excellent feedback from berth holders, visitors and staff. We’re really looking forward to getting the café involved in our many upcoming activities throughout the summer months.”

The View café is open on Fridays between 12pm – 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am – 4pm. For more information about upcoming events follow the marina on Twitter @Theviewnorthney.


Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza

From 25th March 2016 until 28th March 2016

Join us at Northney this weekend for some 'Egg'citing events! 

Friday: Scrummy Hot Cross Buns

Saturday: The Easter Bunny will be paying us a visit at 10.30am

Sunday & Monday: Pop into the office for some chocolate treats :) 

We will also be running a colouring competition thoughout the weekend.


New Season Preparations at Northney Marina

Posted: 12th March 2016

The team at Northney are in full swing with preparations for the new season. The new log cabin is making good progress with a couple more coats of paint to finish it off! We have also added a covered outdoor seating area for when the weather is not so favourable meaning you can still enjoy the beautiful views we have at the marina.

Our new coffee machine is now open and will provide our berth holders a place to grab a quick tea or coffee on the go.

Dredging begins at Northney next week and the team have already moved boats from F and G pontoons to the other end of the marina. They are currently breaking down the pontoons ready for the dredger to turn up and begin its work. Weather permitting the work should be finished in a couple of weeks.

We are currently compiling our events programme for this year with some exciting new things happening at Northney. Watch this space for the programme to be published!


Customers and Staff at MDL Marinas to Cycle 1,634 Miles for Charity

Posted: 26th February 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is launching an exciting charitable initiative on 1st March, which will see its team and customers cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

The company initiative was created in support of Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations who has undertaken two charitable runs to-date following the loss of one of his best friends to Prostate Cancer. Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.

The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team are hoping to smash! To conquer the challenge MDL’s static bike will be making a grand tour of its 18 marinas including locations in Poole, Torquay, Plymouth and The Thames, where team members and customers will be challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been hugely impressed by Mike’s dedication and continued training for such a great cause, and decided it was only right to help boost his fundraising efforts and show our support. We are all very excited about the cycle challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing berth holders’ cycle up a storm in one of our 18 UK marina locations.

Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “It’s fantastic that the team at MDL are running this initiative and helping to raise further funds for the charity. One of my very best friends sadly passed away after an epic battle with Prostate Cancer. This cancer affects thousands of men each year, and we are hoping the MDL cycle challenge, along with my running efforts, will not only help raise further funds to find a new cure, but also help raise awareness of the cancer amongst our customers and teams in an effort to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.”

To donate towards this worthy cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-G-Marathon.


MDL Marinas Announces Marwell's Zany Zebras Competition

Posted: 19th February 2016

Last year, MDL Marinas teamed up with Marwell Wildlife to announce MDL’s involvement in the public art extravaganza, Marwell’s Zany Zebras, which will take place this summer.

For ten weeks throughout the summer, starting on 16th July, zebra sculptures will inhabit the streets of Southampton, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild zebras and how the Southampton business community can make a difference. Following the success of Go! Rhinos in 2013, Marwell’s Zany Zebras promises to be even bigger and better.  

To celebrate the involvement in this year’s event, MDL Marinas is holding a fantastic competition inviting people to get their creative juices flowing and submit a design of an ‘Under the Sea’ creature. Local artist Tom Joyce, has innovatively designed ‘Zebastian the Seabra’, a Grevy’s zebra sculpture painted with over 100 fun and unique cartoon sea creatures including a catfish, swordfish and jellyfish. The winning creation will be included in Tom’s final painting on ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ for all to see and receive an annual family pass to Marwell Zoo. The top three entries will also all receive family day tickets to Marwell Zoo and the Southampton Boat Show.

Marwell’s Zany Zebras aims to raise money for charity, promote local business and encourage local tourism. After the event, all of the sculptures will be sold at auction with proceeds going towards conservation of these animals and other wildlife plus give support to communities living in the arid landscapes of northern Kenya.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL, commented: “We are delighted to be a part of Marwell's Zany Zebras campaign. It’s a fantastic way of raising awareness of the conservation work Marwell Wildlife carries out to protect endangered Grévy’s zebras. MDL has six marinas in the Solent which play an integral part in the life of the city and we can’t wait to see ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ featuring the winning artwork.”

Kirstie Mathieson, Project Manager for Marwell’s Zany Zebras, said: “Marwell’s Zany Zebras will showcase Southampton and all the city has to offer, including the beautiful marinas. Art trails of this nature provide a great vehicle for tourists and we are delighted that MDL is engaging the surrounding community with their ‘Feature your Creature’ campaign, a unique opportunity to be part of an amazing piece of art.”

If you would like to be in with a chance of having your ‘Under the Sea’ creation included as part of MDL’s Feature your Creature campaign and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes please visit: www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/creature.

Please submit all submissions to: featureyourcreature@mdlmarinas.co.uk.


Happy Valentines Day!

From 13th February 2016 until 14th February 2016

This weekend we'll be celebrating Valentines Day. Pop in to see us for a chocolate (or three) and a glass of fizz :) 


Piranha - New Season Launch

On the 12th February 2016

The team at Piranha have been very busy redecorating over the past few weeks and to mark the new look they are having a celebration evening!

They are also introducing Chris Argent, new Head Chef. Chris has been a Head Chef within the Royal Navy for many years and has won numerous awards for excellence including three gold medals for a tri-service competition and one bronze medal for an international cooking competition which was held in the United States. We are extremely pleased that he has joined our Team.

Chris will be putting on a showcase of his cooking for all guests to sample on the night from 6.00pm. Please come along to see the new look and the new terrific food.

MDL Marinas Upgrades to Super Fast WiFi

Posted: 11th January 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, has invested £250,000 in a new, super fast WiFi service across its network of UK marinas.

The new hardware will offer super quick internet access across all of MDL Marinas’ 19 UK marina and boatyard sites. It will enable berth holders and visitors to quickly and easily connect, stream video, Skype and handle large file downloads, and all from the comfort and convenience of their own boats.

The complimentary service is offered as part of MDL’s Freedom Berthing membership and will be accessible for all WiFi enabled mobile devices, offering a high-speed, low latency connection.

Commenting on the new offering, Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas said: “We know from talking to our berth holders and visitors how important it is for them to have access to super fast WiFi. Whether for business or pleasure, in this day and age most of us demand and expect excellent internet access wherever we may be. We are delighted to introduce this as part of the exceptional MDL service we provide across our marinas.”

Alan Chorlton, a berth holder at MDL’s Torquay Marina added: “I am delighted that MDL Marinas has upgraded its WiFi service. When I am berthed in the marina, it’s important for me to be able to access the internet to pick up emails, connect with friends and family via Skype, as well as view and download large files. The new WiFi is exceptionally fast; it’s brilliant.”


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