Category Archives: Wildlife


There has been lots of activity over the last two months both around the site and also in the facilities building!

Cafe 1804 was opened on the 1st June. The first floor of the facilities has now been transformed into a fantastic cafe/bar which will seat up to a hundred people. On our walls we have an amazing map of The Ashby Canal painted by artist Clair Greenwood, who originates from Twycross. The wall and bar finishes have been designed and finished by Josh and his team and also Heidi, our cafe manager. The balcony is open and the views from there, and also within the cafe, are stunning. Will Poulton is our chef and Sharon Veall is our pastry chef and they are supported by Diedre and Ryan and their enthusiastic helpers.

Ben and his team finished off the preparatory work including levelling up the stone for the road and footpaths and they have installed french drains along the edges. The final drainage and ducting pipe and manholes are also installed. The road that leads from the marina entrance gate around the base of the marina basin is now surfaced and fully open.  One cyclist who visited our cafe said ‘the road was like riding on velvet’!  This road leads to the car park at the facilities building for boaters and also the parking area for the shop and cafe 1804. The automated gates to the boaters’ car parks and jetties are installed and Ben will shortly be constructing the timber frames around the sliding sections and then we will be able to get them into operation.

All our wildlife areas are establishing well this year and the swans have successfully hatched their cygnets. Please keep dogs on leads on the marina.

Meanwhile Harry and Sally, our day boat, has been out and about on The Ashby Canal on numerous trips and is getting excellent reviews.

July news

The marina site between the Ashby Canal and the marina facilities building is now taking shape. An additional 230 loads (2300 solid metres) of imported engineering fill has been tipped, levelled and compacted during July to complete part of the car parking and landscaping areas. The marina ducks and ducklings, and the swans with their cygnets have paid regular visits to inspect the work.

‘Harry and Sally’, the marina day boat is now being primed and will receive further dark blue coloured coats of paint.

On June 30th the marina hosted a music concert performed by the students of Nancy Honor-Wright. It was a great success and we are very pleased that we were able to offer the facilities building as a venue. Read Nancy’s comments on our testimonials page.

Photography Competition results

Bosworth Marina Photographic Competition June 2016 Results

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the latest photography competition. There were so many entries and so many beautiful photographs that it was a very difficult task indeed to choose winners. So after much sifting and deliberation and pondering, here are the results. (If the photograph wasn’t named, I have named them for identification purposes).

Marina and canal photograph category:

1st place:  Paul Webb – Narrowboat reflections

2nd place:  Tamzen Moore – Sunrise over marina

3rd place:  Tom Hilton – Sunset over marina

Paul’s photo of the boats on a still day produced wonderful reflections and the sunburst through the clouds on Tamzen’s photo produced lovely silhouettes. There were many sunset photographs but Tom’s again caught the boat silhouettes very well.

The following lovely photos made it onto the short list – the dappled light on the bridge on Caroline’s photo was beautiful and I liked the brooding clouds in Elizabeth’s entry.

Commended: Caroline Brent  – October sun on Bridge 56

Robin Ross – Sunset over marina

Fred Tuck – Quiet day on the Ashby Canal

Elizabeth Miles – Clouds over the canal

Michael Miles – Winter on the Ashby

 Wildlife photograph category:

1st place: Mick Edwards – Lapwing

2nd place: Alastair Durham – Swan and cygnets on nest

3rd place: Robin Ross – Heron flying along the Ashby Canal

Again, there were a lot of very good shots of the wildlife on and around the marina. I particularly liked Mick’s photo of the lapwing because of the contrast between the colours foliage and the lapwing’s plumage – great to see these birds up close. Alastair’s swan and cygnets sitting on the nest in the sunshine was delightful. Robin’s photo of the heron was a good “right time, right place” shot. The following three photos were also on the shortlist.

Commended: Alastair Durham – Swan and cygnets swimming

Robin Ross – Hoverfly

Mick Edwards – Swans under the bridge

Well done to Paul and Mick who both win £25 vouchers for the marina shop. Thank you again to all who sent in photographs. All the entries can be seen in the respective galleries on Galleries page of the website.

Kim Humphreys