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.

Spring news!

Café 1804

Bosworth Marina’s fully licensed  Café 1804 now has its own website http://www.cafe1804.co.uk The website will soon have lots of news, and will also include opening times and menu options.
The cafe’s decorating by Heidi, our manager, is almost finished, and our artist’s impression of The Ashby Canal is nearing completion. The brand new state of the art kitchen equipment is now installed and Josh is busy constructing  the bar. We have full disabled access and facilities.
There is a pedestrian entrance off the canal footpath by the top of the towpath bridge. Car, cycle and pedestrian access is through the main entrance off Carlton Road and round to the visitors’ car park by the building. There is also a regular bus service which stops at the junction of Wellesborough Road and Carlton Road, close to the marina entrance.

Harry and Sally, Bosworth Marina’s day boat

The website for the day boat is available to view – please click here. Harry and Sally is now becoming a familiar sight along the canal, as she takes passengers for full and half days and taster trips. Short passenger trips will also be available when Café 1804 opens in May. The boat has been a success in all weathers, as she has full central heating for colder days and roll up canopies when the sun shines.

Site Works

Ben and his team, along with Outlook Landscaping, have been planting trees, bushes and hedging around the marina basin and wildlife areas. There have been nearly 2000 saplings and trees planted so everyone has been very busy!
Two new security gates have been installed at the entrance to the boaters’ car parking areas. In addition, work continues on the spine road from the marina entrance to the building, ready to be surfaced in May, along with some of the footpaths. The new visitors and café car park is also under construction which will create extra car parking spaces for our café and day boat visitors.

Cafe 1804 and Harry and Sally

March News

Café 1804  The first floor of the facilities building is having a major makeover ready for our new cafe Café 1804. The new toilets are almost complete. Structural works have been carried out for the kitchen and new walling, flooring and extraction fans have been fitted. The kitchen equipment is now being delivered and installed, and Josh and Heidi have been busy choosing furniture and fittings. The walls of the cafe’ have a striking design with bright new colours. Café 1804 will seat approximately 80 people and we look forward to seeing you all when we open later in the spring. The cafe’ has a lift from the ground floor and the building has disabled facilities for both visitors and boaters.

Harry and Sally, The Bosworth Marina Day boat  The website for the day boat is now live – click here to view. Bookings are now being taken for the spring, summer and beyond for all those special occasions or just for a quiet ride along ‘The Ashby’. “Birthday on a boat” on full, half day or short taster trips are proving popular with all ages and group sizes and we are happy to provide decorations and balloons!  We will provide a friendly steerer for you if require, and we are also happy to provide catering packages – just discuss your requirements with our team.

Site Works  Leicestershire County Highways have been working along the Wellesborough Road and the Carlton Road junction to construct the footpath and the new bus parking area, so we now have a dedicated footway to the marina road entrance. Additional car parking spaces are being constructed by Ben and his team. We will shortly carry out more planting and landscaping when the weather improves. Drainage, levelling and kerbing has continued during January and February along the main spine road of the site round to the building.

Harry and Sally arrives!

Harry and Sally arrived at the marina on the afternoon of 27th October! The journey from Starline Boats in Nuneaton went smoothly and now Tim from TS Joinery will be completing the internal fitting out, ready for autumn and winter trips. The boat has full central heating! She looks superb and we are really proud of our new addition to Bosworth Marina.

Lleyn sheep. The 39 ewe lambs which grazed on Mallard’s Mere during the summer did a brilliant job of compacting the soil and grazing off the grass, and the area looks stunning. The grown up girls have now met their new husband and if all goes well they will be due to have lambs around the middle of March next year.

Halloween Party. The party on the last Saturday of October for Halloween went with a swing in the boaters’ lounge. Enjoyed by all!

CONSTRUCTION NEWS Ben and Mick have almost finished the footpath from the towpath to the building and we have been spreading topsoil and woodchip over canal side areas of the site. With the help of Josh and Lee, the areas adjacent to the main spine road around the bottom of the basin and along the Carlton Road are also topsoiled. Planting of shrubs will be carried out in this planting season.

The bus parking and turning area work is now scheduled to be carried out by Leicestershire County Council and not Bosworth Marina. The construction work will be carried out close to where the bus now parks. There will be a designated footpath from there to our marina access gate. Ben is redesigning our internal footpath to be compatible with the Leicestershire County Council’s new plans. This means that now we can complete our work around the access gate when we have approved design details.

Work has started on the marina cafe’. The toilets are being built and alterations ready for the kitchen are being carried out. The construction of the car parking for the cafe’ is also underway, together with associated landscaping.



Harry and Sally will soon be making her way along the Ashby Canal from Nuneaton to Bosworth Marina to be fitted out internally. The design and fabrication alterations have meant that our dayboat has yet to launched, however we are getting close! It is exciting to see our plans coming to reality. The bulk heads have been lined, the plumbing is installed and the inverter final fix electrics are in. Harry and Sally has full central heating for the cooler days!

Proposed café

Good news!  We have been awarded a grant towards the fitting out of the proposed cafe’ on the first floor of the facilities building.  The ‘LEADER’ grant from Hinckley and Bosworth and North Warwickshire Borough Councils in the Rural Development Programme for England will help with the building of the food preparation and serving areas along with additional facilities.  Our disabled lift is already in place.

Site Works

Ben and Mick have now transported our stockpiled topsoil and levelled and shaped areas of the site ready for planting and seeding.  The pathway from the towpath bridge to the facilities building for our boaters and customers is now under construction. The gate will be installed when construction work is completed in that area of the site. Construction of additional car parking spaces and associated drainage close to the facilities building is now under way.

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.

Battlefield Line upcoming events

The nearby Battlefield Line steam railway has a busy programme on offer this summer and autumn.

Shackerstone Family Festival Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

Craft Fair Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September. Stalls selling a range of crafts along with demonstrations of craft skill. Refreshments available.

Autumn Steam Gala Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October Intensive steam hauled services. Sales stands, evening photo event. All day breakfast and real ale on the trains.

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

Spring update

Ben, Chris and Mick have been busy raising the levels of the car parking and landscaping areas near the wildlife habitat area.  Lorries have been bringing in clay and subsoil which has then been levelled by the tracked excavators and compacted by the sheepsfoot roller.  During the last fortnight the team have taken in, handled, and compacted over 250 loads (2500 solid cubic metres) of engineering fill.
The marina wildlife seems undisturbed by all the activity around them!

The ‘meet the team’ Canal and River Trust evening was held at the marina on 28th April and this event gave anyone interested and volunteers a chance to meet the CRT team and to ask any questions. The feedback from the CRT was very positive.

Construction continues on our dayboat Harry and Sally. More news on her later. More information go to our Dayboat webpage

Mallards Mere is now being grazed by 38 of Parkinson Partners’ Llynn sheep.They are doing a brilliant job of keeping the grass down and firming the ground. It is hoped that all of these ewe lambs will have lambs themselves in March 2017.

Well done to Chris Hubbard, our marina manager, who has raised nearly £800 for the leukemia charity deletebloodcancer.uk.  Chris bravely ran round the marina in his Leicester City blue mankini on Sunday 15th May and we thank everyone who supported him.

The photo competition entries are coming in.  Please let us have your photos by June 1st to kimhumphreys2@gmail.com (Please note correct email address). Please send in any pictures of the Ashby Canal and the marina, including any wildlife photographs. Results will be posted on our Facebook page and our next newsletter.