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Boating Event 2024


Our Boating Event, sponsored by Haven Knox-Johnston, will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Aqueduct Marina.

The event is designed for both novice and experienced boaters, offering free advice from industry experts, boats for sale, behind-the-scenes access to the marina's facilities, and exclusive offers in the on-site Chandlery. With free entry and parking, attendees can discuss various narrowboat services with staff and meet numerous exhibitors, including boat builders, canopy manufacturers, window makers, furnishing suppliers, and more.

BOOK YOUR TICKET THROUGH THE LINK ON THE EVENTS PAGE

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Glamping coming soon



As Aqueduct Marina celebrates its 15th anniversary, it invites both long-time patrons and first-time visitors to experience its new glamping site. This unique offering allows guests to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the marina while partaking in relaxation and adventure.

The glamping site officially opens from July 19th to September 3rd. Interested parties are encouraged to book their spots soon and begin their journey at Aqueduct Marina.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Aqueduct Marina

A group of staff members and long-standing customers recently gathered at a prestigious venue to commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of Cheshire’s most popular marinas. Robert and Andrea Parton, the owners of Aqueduct Marina near Nantwich, hosted a celebratory dinner at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa, which is situated a short distance away from the marina. The event was specifically organised for moorers and staff members who have been with Aqueduct Marina for more than 10 years or more. Some guests having been moored at Aqueduct Marina since it opened in 2009.

A total of 45 guests were present at the dinner, including 27 boaters and their respective partners. All attendees enjoyed a superb three-course dinner and helped along with a tabletop quiz based on the history and events that took place at the marina over the years. The quiz was designed with questions including a number of pictures taken over the years of boats and boaters, giving everyone the opportunity to reminisce.

Two of the attendees, and some of the earliest moorers at the marina, were Anthony and Sue Muncer with their boat Jumeirah Jane, who also presented Robert and Andrea Parton with a rose bush, which was subsequently planted at the marina by Woody, the marina gardener, who was also at the dinner. In Sue’s thank you message, the couple said they “thoroughly enjoyed” the event and that they “supervised Woody planting the rose, but he told me I would be doing the deadheading in the summer”.

Aqueduct’s next major social event will be the marina’s annual boating event on the 13th of July. With a growing list of trade stalls and live band already booked, the event looks like it is becoming an important fixture on the boating calendar.

Credit: Written by Phil Picken

Cruise Moor Scheme

Marinas join forces to launch new visitor mooring scheme

Five independent family run marinas are joining forces in 2024 to offer inland waterway boaters the opportunity to enjoy a new discounted visitor mooring scheme – Cruise Moor.

The Cruise Moor scheme which will be launched in February at Boatlife in Birmingham sees Aqueduct Marina, Droitwich Spa Marina, Dunchurch Pools Marina, Overwater Marina and White Mills Marina collaborate to provide moorers with the unique opportunity of staying on each of the marinas on a visitor mooring for up to two weeks with a fabulous 20% discount.

It is hoped the new initiative will not only encourage more boaters to explore the UKs waterways network but enable them to enjoy the facilities and personal service offered by the ‘fabulous five’ independent marinas.

Boaters can find out how to qualify for a Cruise Moor card from one of the participating marinas and then plan their cruising season in the knowledge that they can enjoy the facilities of another independent marina with a 20% reduction in visitor mooring fees.

Spokesperson for Cruise Moor, Robert Parton of Aqueduct Marina said: “All of the five marinas involved in Cruise Moor share the same aspirations of encouraging boaters to get out and about and explore the miles and miles of the beautiful waterways network.  As family-run marinas we work incredibly hard to be the best in the business and go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. It is a terrific scheme and a wonderful opportunity for us all to showcase our marinas to each other’s moorers, we are all looking forward to watch it develop over the coming months.”

Credit: Debbie Skinner, White Mills Marina

Aqueduct Marina Tour – Come with us to take a tour around our award-winning narrowboat marina

WATCH NOW: BEHIND THE SCENES OF AQUEDUCT MARINA!

Let us show you around our wonderful narrowboat marina and show you how we can help you and your narrowboat.

We are here to help you find a new home for your narrowboat in the best location on the inland waterways map!

We are located on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal giving you the perfect base to cruise to the likes of the Cheshire Ring, Four Counties Ring, Llangollen Canal, Chester or The Anderton Boat Lift.

Our Chief Operation Officer, Phil, is here to show you and talk through all of our marina facilities and services – we are a narrowboat marina that can cover almost everything!

If you are looking for a new base for your narrowboat in a fantastic new cruising location for the up and coming season, please get in touch on 01270 525040

5 Gold Anchor Marina – What does it really mean?

As proud holders of a 5 Gold Anchor Marina accreditation, we’re thrilled to share the “ins and out” of what this prestigious distinction means for you, our cherished customers.

Picture it as the narrowboat equivalent of a gold-starred luxury resort—your gateway to an exceptional narrow boating experience.

So, let us explain exactly what our 5 Gold Anchor status means and show you what makes our marina a shining beacon in the waterways.

The Gold Anchor Standard:

The 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is more than just a shiny emblem; it’s a mark of excellence in the marine world and we are proud to say we have held this accreditation for X years.

Awarded by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), this standard is a testament to our commitment to providing first-class facilities and services.

The evaluation process is meticulous, covering six key areas that ensure our marina is a safe, enjoyable, and reliable haven for all boaters.

Berths and Facilities:

Our marina undergoes rigorous assessment to guarantee that berths are well-maintained and equipped with the necessary facilities. From secure mooring options to pristine washrooms, we’ve got you covered.

Customer Services:

Friendly and efficient customer service is at the heart of what we do. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our team’s responsiveness, knowledge, and willingness to go the extra mile for our customers.

Quality of Services:

From fuel stations to boat repairs, every service is inspected to ensure it meets or exceeds industry standards. Your narrowboat is definitely in capable hands when it comes to our certified offerings.

Environmental Responsibility:

We take pride in our commitment to the environment. The audit process ensures that our marina adheres to environmentally sustainable practices, minimizing our ecological footprint in the beautiful waterways we call home.

Operational Management:

Efficient operations are vital for a smooth cruising experience. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our management practices, ensuring that everything, from safety protocols to emergency procedures, is the best that it can possibly be.

Community Engagement:

A marina is not just a collection of boats; it’s a community. We actively engage with our boating community to foster a sense of camaraderie and support, making your marina experience not only enjoyable but also enriching.

Your Ticket to Premium Boating:

Now that we’ve unravelled the criteria, you might wonder, “What’s in it for me?”. Here’s why our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation matters for you:

Peace of Mind:

Rest easy knowing that your narrowboat is moored in a marina that has passed stringent assessments. Your safety and the security of your boat are our top priorities.

Outstanding Facilities:

Enjoy our fantastic facilities, from secure berths to well-maintained amenities. We’ve invested in creating an environment that enhances your boating experience.

Exceptional Customer Service:

Our team is dedicated to making your stay memorable. Whether you need assistance or simply want a friendly chat about the latest boating adventures, we’re here for you.

Environmentally Responsible Boating:

By choosing a 5 Gold Anchor Marina, you’re aligning yourself with a community that values and actively contributes to preserving the natural beauty of our waterways.

Community Connection:

Join a community of like-minded boaters who share your passion. From organized events to impromptu waterside gatherings, you’ll find a sense of belonging that goes beyond the water.

In conclusion, our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is not just a title; it’s a promise.

A promise of excellence, dedication, and a commitment to providing you with an unparalleled narrow boating experience.

So, cruise to us with confidence, knowing that you’ve chosen a marina that has earned its stripes in the world of inland waterways luxury. Welcome aboard, and let the journey begin!

Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – October 2023

We are excited to share our October Video Newsletter with you!

You may have seen our previous video newsletter, where we introduced you to some of our staff and showed you around our marina.

You can watch our latest video now on our YouTube channel by clicking the link below.

Thank you for being part of our marina community and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for the future.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email marketing@aqueductmarina.co.uk

Click on the link below to view our October 2023 Newsletter.

Aqueduct Marina invests in improved dust extraction equipment

For many businesses, the thought of an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive would provoke a measure of fear and trepidation; however, for the management of Cheshire-based Aqueduct Marina, it turned out to be a positive experience.

For some time, Robert Parton, MD of Aqueduct Marina, and his management team had been looking at investing in improved extraction for the grit blasting bay, as with the demand for their grit blasting services increasing, it was logical to invest in improving the equipment being used. So, despite the Health and Safety inspection finding the facilities complied with their PPE requirements, which meant the person doing the blasting was protected, there was an environmental concern about the dust leaking out during the operation. As a result, the company brought forward the investment to reduce the possibility of abrasive dust escaping when the bay was in use.

They called on the services of Hodge Clemco, a company that specialises in the manufacture and supply of abrasive blasting and surface treatment equipment. Hodge Clemco installed a reverse pulse dust collector system that creates a negative pressure within the blast booth and, by removing the airborne dust, allows the operator to maintain visibility within the booth. It also minimises any dust escaping from the blast booth, with the dust being contained in the dust extractor bins to allow safe disposal.

Liam Davis, Sales and Marketing Manager for Hodge Clemco, said, “Following our initial visit and conversations, we returned to the site with one of our design engineers to carry out a full site survey, which enabled Hodge Clemco to provide a full design layout drawing of the proposed 14,000cfm reverse pulse dust collector system for the approval of Aqueduct Marina. The dust extraction system supplied and installed by Hodge Clemco comprises of the latest fully programmable gamma pulse auto reverse pulse system with differential pressure recognition. It has an auto-clean sequence whilst in operation and an additional cleaning cycle on shutdown, ensuring maximum dust release is achieved from the ultra-efficient nano fibre filters resulting in a prolonged filter life.”

The result of this work is that Aqueduct staff have reported a marked improvement in visibility whilst working within the bay.

The installation of the new extraction equipment saw a £60k investment being made to this side of Aqueduct’s business. Robert Parton said, “During the H&S visit, the escaping dust issue was flagged as a potential local authority environmental issue. With the system now installed and in regular use, we have seen a noticeable improvement in conditions both inside and outside the workshop. It is an expensive piece of equipment, but in a world where good staff are hard to find, and lung health is a real focus of the HSE, this is resulting in a healthier, safer working environment for our staff.”

Festive Opening Hours 2023

Date

Office Cafe

Saturday 23rd Dec

08:00AM – 17:00PM 9:30AM – 16.30PM

Sunday 24th Dec

09:00AM – 12:00PM

09:30AM – 11:30AM

Monday 25th Dec

CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday 26th Dec CLOSED

CLOSED

Wednesday 27th Dec 09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Thursday 28th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Friday 29th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Saturday 30th Dec

09:00AM – 16:00PM

09:30AM – 15:30PM

Sunday 31st Dec

09:00AM – 12:00PM

09:30AM – 11:30AM

Monday 1st Jan

CLOSED

CLOSED

Tuesday 2nd Jan 08:00AM – 17:00PM

09:30AM – 16:30PM

Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – August 2023

We are delighted to share with you, our brand-new video newsletter!

Our newsletter is here to provide you with all the latest information at the marina and give you a glimpse of life behind the scenes here, get to know our staff, and have a giggle along the way!

If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email marketing@aqueductmarina.co.uk

Click on the link below to view our August 2023 Newsletter.

Narrowboat Chloe – Re-Paint

Narrowboat Chloe was the latest boat to come out of our painting workshop after having a full re-paint completed here at Aqueduct Marina.

This was the first full re-paint completed by our new head painter, Paul and it is easy to say that he has done a fantastic job. A huge well done to Paul, we can’t wait to see the next one.

You can see Chloe’s transformation on the below images.

Narowboat Nell is currently in our workshop and being painted by Paul as we speak, we will of course share the transformation with you once it is completed.

For all your narrowboat maintenance enquiries, from full re-paints to blackings and anything in between, do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Call 01270 525040 or email info@aqueductmarina.co.uk to get a quote.

Aqueduct Marina Boating Event

JUL 15, 10:00 AM – 4.00 PM

THE AQUEDUCT BOATING EVENT IS BACK 

We are delighted to announce the Aqueduct Boating Event 2023, which will take place on Saturday 15th July from 10.00am – 4.00pm

Whether you are new to boating, or you have years of experience this day is aimed at you and your boat.

Free advice from our industry expert exhibitors. A range of Boats for Sale. Behind-the-scenes access to Aqueduct Marina’s award-winning facilities. Exclusive event offers in our on-site Chandlery.

FREE entry and FREE parking

Discuss all of your narrowboat requirements with our staff, whether this be; moorings, blackings, welding, painting or anything in between.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

Knight’s Narrowboats

Aqueduct Marina, are the exclusive agents of Knights Narrowboats. Our resident boat builders can meet each of your requirements to build you a bespoke, high-quality narrowboat, that exclusively matches your individual needs.

www.knightsnarrowboats.com | 01270 525040

Amtrim Covers


Manufacture and supply of bespoke canopies, covers and marine upholstery.

www.amtrim.co.uk | 01772 285100

Elite Furnishings

Elite Furnishings offers you a large range of pre-created sofa beds that are designed to go down the canal boat and the easy to use click clack sofa bed opens across the width of the narrowboat, fulfilling all your narrowboat bedding needs

elitefurnishings.co.uk | 01827 313334

Haven Knox-Johnston

If it floats, chances are we’ll cover it. Get a boat insurance quote from the award-winning crew.

www.havenkj.com | 01732 223650

Hydrogen Afloat

Our HyArk unit produces domestic power for boats based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Quiet, reliable, clean.

www.hydrogenafloat.com | 07702 725158

Lockgate Stoves


Lockgate is the UK’s leading supplier and installer of Refleks Diesel Stoves, with over 20 years experience.

lockgate.com | 0115 998 8305

LeeSan


LeeSan, the largest single source of marine sanitation and pump out equipment, parts and service kits.

www.leesan.com | 01295 770000

Marine 16


UK manufacturer of market leading fuel treatments and our new zero plastic range of cleaning products.

www.marine16.co.uk | 01686 622213

River Canal Rescue 


River Canal Rescue offers membership based breakdown cover for boats on the inland waterways.

www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk | 01785 785680

WiFi On Board


Wifi On Board are the leading mobile internet equipment suppliers on the inland waterways network.

www.wifionboard.co.uk | 01335 666203

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6.30pm – Late (Evening).

Evening entertainment from the renowned Elvis tribute Paul Larcombe

Moorers Rate: £15.00 per person or £20.00 per person

Tickets including food

Happy Retirement Brian!
Our engineer Brian has retired. A few weeks ago, we held a celebration for Brian to thank him for all of his help and hard work over the years.
Brian has been part of the team for the last 4 years and before working here, was an engineer at ABC Leisure. He will be greatly missed.
From all of the team at Aqueduct Marina, we wish Brian all the best with his well-deserved retirement!
Moorers and Storers Spring Social

On Saturday 18th March, we held our Moorers & Storers Spring Social Event.

This event was to toast to the opening of the 2023 Cruising Season.

It was a well-attended event and was great to see our customers for a catch-up in a more relaxed setting.

Thank you to everyone that attended, we will see you at the next one!

Details are to be revealed soon!

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