7 February 2020

Shoreham Port is delighted to announce that it will be welcoming the local community through its gates once again this year for its popular annual summer boat tours, having released tickets earlier this week. The boat tours are open to all and free of charge.

Lasting approximately 45 minutes, the boat tours will take visitors down the Port’s impounded basin, more commonly known as the canal, with live commentary from members of the Shoreham Port team. Team members from a variety of departments will be hosting the tours; each imparting their specialist knowledge to delve into the Port's rich history, as well as exploring how it operates today as a thriving commercial port handling a diverse range of cargoes.

The unique perspective from the passenger boat Rossan will enable tour-goers to see all of the action on the terminals and hopefully get a good glimpse of some passing vessels that are working at the Port. There is disabled access onto the boat as well as to the Port’s Visitor Centre for registration. Attendees will also be offered complimentary hot drinks and ice-creams from local suppliers. Places must be booked online in advance, as the boat trips are extremely popular!

This spring, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, boat trips will run on 13th and 14th May. To attend the Brighton Fringe tours in May, you will need to book directly through the Brighton Fringe website.

The Port’s week of back to back boat trips for the local community and business groups will be taking place in July from the 6th – 10th of the month. For further details on how to book, please contact events@shoreham-port.co.uk.

This July, the schedule of summer Port tours will include a number of special 'Nature2020' boat tours with live commentary by Tony Parker, the Port’s Director for Infrastructure & Sustainability. Nature2020 is a year-long celebration of biodiversity that aims to raise awareness of - and connect people to – their local environment. Tony will give a behind-the-scenes insight into the Port’s use of renewable energy, solar panels, wind turbines which power the pump house, and plans for a biodiversity corridor as part of the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere.

Kate Tyrer, Communications Executive commented “We are very excited to hold another year of summer boat tours this year. Engaging with our local community is one of our key priorities as a Trust Port, so we look forward to welcoming plenty of schools, community groups and families who will be coming to take a trip along the canal - hopefully in sunny weather”.

Communications Project Manager, Katie MacAllister, added “In our 260th year, we are thrilled to celebrate the long history of the harbour and local area”.

Category: Maritime

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