We have great news! If you are a member of our Cruising Club you will now receive complimentary WiFi at all of our UK marinas as part of your membership. We are constantly looking at ways to ensure we are leading the way with both our Freedom Berthing package and Cruising Club and hope you are pleased with the new addition.
To access the complimentary WiFi, simply connect to the MDL WiFi Hotspot and enter your Cruising Club number as the user name (from the back of the card), followed by your home postcode as your password... and that’s it! Simple and easy access to super fast WiFi.
The complimentary WiFi is available right now and is the same high speed connection that our Freedom Berthing members enjoy. If you haven’t signed up to our Cruising Club don’t delay as it’s free to join and not only do you get access to the WiFi but you enjoy every 7th night free when berthing at our 18 UK marinas.
If you have any issues connecting, please contact the WiFi Spark helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.
Whilst we don’t want to talk too much about the coming winter, we do have some fantastic offers that will take the edge off any winter chill and ensure your boats are kept safe and maintained through the winter months, with fantastic savings on essential maintenance and winter berthing packages.
We are offering great value winter offers at our marinas on the south, east and west coasts of the UK, including the chance to enjoy three months berthing at Shamrock Quay or Ocean Village Marina for just £649 including VAT for an 8m boat. Other marinas offering similar packages include Hythe Marina Village, Hamble Point, Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Port Hamble. Cobb’s Quay in Poole is also offering a winter dry stack berthing solution for any boat up to 7.5m.
You can also save on winter scrubs and storage ashore at a number of our boatyards with typical savings of up to 40% for Freedom Berthing members. There are also additional packages at selected marinas, including Queen Anne’s Battery, Mercury Yacht Harbour and Hythe Marina Village.
As always we encourage you to book early as these offers are always very popular!
For more information on the offers we have available, and to book, please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-offers.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, continues to lead the industry by becoming an official Tesla Destination Charging location and the first UK marina operator to offer electric vehicle charging points for the prestigious range of vehicles.
The new units have been installed at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole, Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth and at Hamble Point Marina alongside universal electric charging points, with a view to installing even more at its portfolio of 19 UK Marinas over the coming months.
MDL Marinas is renowned for being an innovator in the industry and is fully committed to ensuring its customers enjoy the latest technology and benefits as part of their berthing package with the group. They were the first operator to launch WiFi in 2004 and are well-known for being a company that doesn’t stand still, with a full corporate social responsibility plan and what remains the most comprehensive berthing package available in the marketplace.
Adrien Burnard, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are always striving to find new ways to add value to our customer experience and recognise the increased demand for electric vehicles and charging points. Many of our customers spend a lot of their pleasure time with us and so we wanted to ensure we made this time as convenient as possible by installing the charging points for them.
“We are very pleased to provide this service for Tesla owners as well as other EV owners. It’s a fantastic brand and a number of our customers have models from the range. However, we recognise the growing market for electric cars and the diverse range of models that are available and so have also installed Universal charging units to ensure we are offering choice and catering for our customers’ needs.”
We will be celebrating two events in one this year at Ocean Village Marina.
Come join us for a warm jacket potato and accompaniments.
The long weekend is almost upon us and there’s plenty going on at our sunny marinas. We’d love to see how you are spending your time on the water and it would be great to see you all flying your burgees and sharing your adventures on our social media pages, using #burgeesontour.
We know there’s loads planned at our marinas so whether your burgee is joining you for the Pirates of the Caribbean Cruise at Shamrock Quay, enjoying a tipple on the back of your boat on the Thames or visiting the ice cream boat on Bournemouth Beach, we’d really like to get our social media buzzing with all of your photos in the spectacular weather we’ve been promised!
It’s also a great chance for you to showcase your cruising adventures with other fellow boaters, and us (we will certainly be green with envy)! Why not share your photos and let us know your cruising destination and any new-found gems you’ve uncovered. Just remember to use #burgeesontour.
If you haven’t picked up your burgee yet, please pop into the marina office where yours will be waiting.
Happy Bank Holiday boating!
With the sun set to shine, we are busy getting ready for the annual August Bank Holiday weekend at our marinas, with lots of fun and activities being prepared to ensure you really make the most of it. We will be there to ensure your every boating need is taken care of and to make sure you can simply kick back with a cold drink after a fabulous day of cruising... because that’s what August Bank Holidays are all about!
There seems to be a Pimm’s theme running across many of our marinas with the Trolley of treats transforming to the Trolley of Pimm’s and touring the pontoons at Torquay Marina, along with an early evening Pimm’s welcome reception at Northney and Sparkes. Cobb’s Quay Marina is also going all out with a complete Pimm’s weekend!
However, don’t worry if Pimm’s isn’t your tipple, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s just a snapshot of what our marinas are up to!
Torquay Marina will be hosting a children’s crabbing contest on Saturday 27th August with prizes for the most crabs caught (and if you haven’t registered yet please give us a call). This will start at 11am and all crab lines, bait and buckets will be supplied, along with complimentary tea, coffee and bacon rolls for the adults. You can also take part in a spot of wine tasting on the pontoons as the day draws on.
Penton Hook Marina is holding its big berth holder party on the lawn on Friday welcoming all annual berth holders and visitors to an Italian themed party with drinks and nibbles in the sunshine.
Port Hamble Marina will be hosting a ‘Bank Holiday Beer on the Berths’ with the team touring the pontoons throughout the weekend to give out cold beverages while you relax on your boat.
Shamrock Quay is embarking on the weekend with a Pirates of the Caribbean berth holder’s cruise on Friday with a Pirate themed tour up and down the Solent in fancy dress (not compulsory), after they have walked the plank! Once onboard they will enjoy a disco, food and drinks as well as be in with a chance to win a number of fantastic raffle prizes including tickets for the England vs Malta game at Wembley with hospitality which is worth £500, all to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Over 180 berth holders and friends are joining the cruise and taking part in a treasure hunt! In addition, George, Shamrock Quay’s Freedom Maker will be breaking out the Trolley of Treats on Sunday to present owners with a cold glass of wine or beer and a tasty croissant or Danish pastry.
Ocean Village Marina guests will enjoy a Bank Holiday BBQ on Saturday followed by a Greek nibbles event on Sunday, which sounds simply delicious. And, on Friday night Saxon Wharf is hosting a berth holders party which is a sure fire way to start the Bank Holiday weekend as you mean to go on!
Hamble Point Marina will be rolling out its Trolley of Treats delivering ‘Ploughmans in a Jar’, which really is as delicious as it sounds, along with strawberries and cream and free drinks. They will also be giving out packs for the kids with lots of treats to keep them busy including bubbles and quiz books.
Woolverstone Marina will be hosting a BBQ on Friday night at on-site restaurant, The Riverside and after the Pimm’s arrival drinks at Northney and Sparkes’ the teams will be delivering fresh pastries for breakfast on Saturday as well as ensuring you have refreshments for your journey home. Queen Anne’s Battery will be enjoying a Sun and Sangria evening on Saturday and Mercury Yacht Harbour will be rolling out its Bank Holiday Trolley of Treats.
What is for certain is there’s a lot going on this Bank Holiday weekend and that we are focused on making sure it’s one of your best weekends this summer!
If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun or want to have a chat with the team ahead of the weekend please don’t hesitate to give your marina office a call. If you are planning a visit to our marinas this weekend please note they are filling up fast, with many already booked, so please do get in touch.
The annual Cowes Week regatta is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events of the summer. Up to 1,000 boats are expected to compete in up to 40 different handicap, one-design and multihull classes every day for eight days. Around 8,000 competitors will participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend and leisure sailors. This spectacular event with its fantastic atmosphere, racing, entertainment and shopping stalls attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the week.
Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour are the closest MDL marinas to the start line of the regatta and are a very popular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly, so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid disappointment. Berths can also be found at our sister marina locations at Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina.
Hamble Point Marina: Call: 023 8045 2464
Port Hamble Marina: Call: 023 8045 2741
Mercury Yacht Harbour: Call: 023 8045 5994
Hythe Marina Village: Call: 023 8020 7073
Ocean Village Marina: Call: 023 8022 9385
Come have a glass of wine with us to celebrate the Christmas period on either Saturday or Sunday (or both if you are feeling extra festive)!!
The second of two complementary events on your Bank Holiday weekend!
Let the Ouzo, feta and olives flow!! Come and join the marina team between 2pm and 5pm.
Come have a drink, enjoy a burger and have fun!!
From 1pm at the dock office.