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Gloucester City
Historic Docks Paddling Experience

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Gloucester City Centre Paddling Experience

Experience Gloucester City from a unique perspective. Meander your kayak or paddleboard among the historical tall ships.

Starting in the heart of Gloucester Docks you will be introduced to the paddlesport equipment and the skills needed to manoeuvre it. 

No previous paddling experience is necessary. You will be looked after by one of our fantastic Discover Paddling Team Instructors, British Canoeing qualified, highly experienced, and passionate about paddlesport.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding: mid-week, evening and weekends are all available in Gloucester Docks. If you would like to kayak or paddleboard in Gloucester Docks on a date and time that is not currently available please feel free to contact up using the contact us page.

*Under 18's must be accompanied by an over 18. 1:2 Ratio

*Gloucester Dock Open Group Sessions are available to book online Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.

*If you would like to book a Gloucester Dock Open Group or Private Group Session on either Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday. Please feel free to contact up using the contact us page.

Paddlesport equipment; paddleboard/kayak, paddles and buoyancy aid 

Passionate and professional, qualified instructors

Introduction to the equipment

Safety briefing

Paddleboard/kayaking instruction

Paddleboard games and challenges to develop skills

Discover Paddling annual adult paddleboarding membership - giving access to members-only sessions

What's Included?


  • Under 18’s need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian

  • Suitable for age 16+

  • All participants must wear a provided personal flotation device


  • Weather appropriate lightweight clothing you don't mind getting wet. Sports T-shirts, shorts, leggings are recommended.

  • Old trainers (you don’t mind getting wet) or appropriate water sport shoes

  • Spare change of clothes and footwear for after your session. (in case you get wet)

  • Water bottle

  • Sun protection as required.


Points of Interest

LV14 Lightship

Built & Commissioned in 1959, she served under the name of SPURN , based 5 miles offshore of the Humber Estuary in the North Sea. Decommissioned and sold in 1985, she travelled around the UK and Ireland, saved in the scrapyard she eventually arrived in Sharpness in 2007. Extensive remodelling took place, renamed SULA and towed to Gloucester in 2010, where new owners purchased her in February 2020.

A Registered National Historic Vessel.

The new owners have restored and adapted her to provide luxury self-catering accommodation with two bedrooms, shower, lounge, kitchen and dining room. Two decks provide views over the docks and a great place to chill at all times of the day.

Further information and bookings available on their website

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