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Things to do in Bedfordshire: Rowing boats re-launch at Bedford's Longholme Lake with new fleet

Things to do in Bedfordshire: Rowing boats re-launch at Bedford’s Longholme Lake with new fleet

If you’re looking for fun and exciting things that the whole family can enjoy this summer, then look no further than Bedford’s Longholme Lake. That’s because its fabulous rowing boats are relaunching very soon.

The Longholme cafe on the Embankment will celebrate its fifth birthday with a brand new fleet of dragon-style rowing boats that will officially open on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The new fleet of boats has been hand crafted by a local fibre glass specialist team called ‘Tech 10’ who are based in Wilstead, Bedford.

The new fleet was manufactured in replication by casting from the old boat with planning beginning in 2019. However due to previous seasons being disrupted due to Covid-19, the project was delayed.

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The new fleet was christened by the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, who cut a ribbon and even took the first boat out for a row. On his visit, he said: “’It’s great to see the boats back, they look fantastic. Everyone will want to bring the next generations to enjoy them, I just need to improve my rowing. What a great place to have some exercise and then come and have some great food at The Longholme.”

Thomas Healey, co owner of The Longholme said “The new addition to our services are welcome and exciting after so many disruptions. It was important to us to preserve the history of boat hire in this location, using a style of boat that we believe is iconic to the area, the dragons!

“We’re happy we have managed to achieve this goal both in time for the upcoming Bedford River festival and next summers 100 year anniversary of Longholme boating lake. We continue to work in partnership with Bedford Council to achieve a quality experience that’s available to anyone, and that includes working towards maintaining the lakes water quality when resources allow.”

The boat will be available for hire this coming weekend with the Longholme subsequently opening each weekend from 10am to 5pm. There will be an extended opening every day for school holidays from 10am to 3pm.

The boats will be available on a walk-in basis with prices for up to four people starting at £20. You can find out more information online here.

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