Birds by Barge Cruise with Sailing Barge Victor on the River Stour 2017/18
Standard fee: £43 GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds on a magnificent estuary, from the river throughout November, December, January and February. Thames Sailing Barge Victor provides a wonderful platform for our half day excursion, with our regular professional experts on-board to provide a continuous informative commentary help you get the most out of the bird-watching and environment. Teas, coffees and complimentary food included
Sailing details & times: Depart & Return: Ha’Penny Pier, HARWICH, Essex, CO12 3HH
Sailing details & times:
Departures from Ha’Penny Pier Harwich.
Sat 25 Nov 2017: 0800 - 1200
Sun 10 Dec 2017: 0900 - 1300
Thur 28 Dec: 1100 - 1500
Sun 28 Jan: 1200 - 1600
For all other booking enquiries please contact
Phone: 01473 258070
All scheduled cruises are available for private charter or corporate events, subject to availability. Drinks and refreshments may be purchased from our licensed bar on board which includes a range of fine Adnams beers, cider and soft drinks. Please note that ALL drinks consumed must be purchased on board.
In the event of insufficient numbers or adverse weather, the company reserves the right to offer a full refund or places on alternative cruise dates.
Folk Music Evenings Aboard Sailing Barge Victor
Friday 17th November - Mike and Adam Garland
Mike and Adam are well known in East Anglia's folk scene and are members of the popular folk concert and ceilidh band "Inertia Reel".
Friday 15th December Elly Tree
EllY Tree play mostly original material in a mash-up of art/folk/ pop/indie/world music. EllY Tree was initially conceived as an alias for singer/songwriter, Helen Woodbridge before becoming a duo, then a trio featuring djembe, vocals, bass, baritone uke, and guitar and occasionally other instruments, combining to bring music with passion and flair you can dance, listen, laugh and cry to.
EllY Tree have been taking the festival and gig scene by storm (FolkEast Soapbox Stage, Harlequin Fayre, John Peel Centre, Cosmic Puffin, FarmFest, PettaFest, SwanFest)and many more.
January 19 - Holly Johnston (with Sarah Wil.)
Holly Johnston writes and performs folk songs to sooth the ears and the soul. Her album “East Anglian Girl” received glowing reviews and radio play and her latest recording, “The Doll’s House” added ambient sounds to her usual contemporary style.
Holly will be appearing with Sarah Wil, a talented flute and piano player and together they delight and charm the listener with tales of love and everyday human experience. Her recordings are available from www.backwaterrecords.com as CDs or downloads. Holly can be found at fb: hollyjohnstonmusic and her blog is at: www.eastangliangirl.com
February 16 - Jackie Ord with Double Take
Double Take is a trio with Jackie Ord on vocals & guitar, John Fodor on double-necked guitar & vocals, and Peter Corp on bass. Jackie has been playing guitar and writing songs for nearly 30 years, first in London and now in Suffolk both as a solo artiste and in bands. Her recordings include her cd "Ropers Green"
Guitarist, John, originally from Ohio, USA, has been playing guitar since he was 8 and has been in countless bands. Bassist, Peter, plays pretty much anything with strings – as well as recording and producing other artistes at his own “Owl Studios” in Suffolk.
March 16 - Silbury Hill
Silbury Hill - Scott Dolling (flute, guitar, vocals) and David Stainer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) have been carving a niche for themselves, performing their lively blend of folk and acoustic rock music at festivals, events, bars and clubs in East Anglia, France and Belgium. They have supported major touring artistes in the genre such as "Oyster Band", played live radio sessions, and released 3 cd's - "The Tudor Rose", "Broadside & Mayhem" and "Justice of the Rowan"
Folk Night Further Information
The popular winter season of "Folk on a Boat" concerts aboard the Sailing Barge Victor continues on Friday 17th November with the popular duo of Mike and Adam Garland who are well known in East Anglia's folk scene and are members of the popular folk concert and ceilidh band "Inertia Reel". Followed on Friday 15th December by Suffolk's own Elly Tree who will perform their quirky acoustic folk/pop in the intimate and atmospheric polished wood saloon of the historic 19th Century Barge, moored on Ipswich Waterfront. The hatch opens at 7.30pm and the concert starts at 8.00pm. Tickets are £15.00 per person, which includes a hearty hot supper. Victor has a cosy heated saloon and a fully licensed, well stocked, bar. The folk nights are “static” events and Victor will be moored alongside for the evening.
This is the 4th annual series of the popular "Folk on a Boat" concerts and is set to be better than ever. Concerts take place the 3rd Friday of every month throughout the winter. Other acts already booked to take part in the coming months include Double Take - fronted by singer songwriter, Jackie Ord - and Silbury Hill.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8.00pm. Victor’s Licensed bar will be open for the event. Tickets are £15.00 per person and include a complentary hot supper and. Tickets are available from Ipswich Borough Council’s Tourist Information Centre.
For more Information about What's On in and around Ipswich visit Ipswich Town and Waterfront the community website showcasing all that Ipswich has to offer.
175 Years of Ipswich Dock Life_- 1st December 2017
A talk and slide show on the history of Ipswich Docks is taking place on Friday 1st Decemebr 2017.
The illustrated talk, entitled “175 Years of Ipswich Dock Life”, will be presented Stuart Grimwade, a Director of Ipswich Maritime Trust, and will include photographs from the Trust’s archives which he has accumulated and restored.
Victor is herself a feature of Ipswich’s maritime history. Built in the town in 1895, she worked the local coast and estuaries carrying bulk cargo for many decades. Today, she is fully restored for pleasure cruises as well as hosting events, functions and meetings.
Venue - Sailing Barge Victor outside the Old Custom House, Ipswich Waterfront, IP4 1BY
Start Time 7: 30 PM End Time 10: 00 PM Price £7.50
A Fabulous Summer Season of Public Cruises and Events for 2018
Suffolk Supper Cruises
When: Fridays from May to September Time: 6.30pm – 10pm
Cost: £38.50 per person
Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises
When: Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September Time: 1.00pm – 5pm
Cost: £34.50 per person
For all other all other booking enquiries please contact
Phone: 01473 258070