Stackpole Sea Kayaking Festival 2016

Kayaking in Llyn Peninsula

Get your sea kayaks and paddles ready for the return of the Stackpole Sea Kayaking Festival, running from Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May 2016.

Welcome to the Sea Kayaking Festival held at the Stackpole Centre at the heart of the National Trust Stackpole Estate. We have a number of excellent trips and excursions - either launching from Stackpole Quay or a little further afield. The trips are graded from 1 to 3 and you can select your activity on the booking form link below.

If the lure of the Pembrokeshire Coast is not enough for you, just take a look at some of the coaches who will be leading on the event.  Some great names from the kayaking community recognised at national and international level such as Nick Cunliffe, Joe Leach, Dr Lou Luddington, Roger Chandler, Kate Hives, Barry Shaw, James Stevenson and Shaun Rodgers.

Come and learn from the professionals in nature’s playground in small groups. Tickets are selling fast and there are limited spaces so make sure you don’t miss out!

What's included?

  • Full catering from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, including a full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, packed lunches, tea and coffee post-paddle and a very special local hog roast BBQ (with vegetarian options) on Saturday evening
  • Two full days of guided activities around the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline
  • Live music on Saturday evening
  • An inspiring presentation about an adventure around the Irish coastline in 2015
  • An event souvenir T-shirt

P&H Kayaks will be bringing demonstration boats and kit, while Summit to Sea will run an outdoor shop throughout the event.

Festival timetable

Friday 20 May - Reception and bar open. Evening buffet meal from 8pm.

Saturday 21 May - Full cooked breakfast and morning briefing. Day 1 trips (packed lunch included), afternoon tea and coffee on return.

Evening  Illustrated talk on '2015 Circumnavigation of Ireland' by Andy Mullins.

BBQ food by Pembrokeshire's own Slow Pig. Bar and music entertainment.

Sunday 22 May - Full breakfast and morning briefing. Day 2 trips (packed lunch included), afternoon tea and coffee on return. 5pm festival closes.

We have a comprehensive programme of trips and activities throughout the weekend. Here is a sample of what to expect:

  • Skomer Discovery - a journey from Martin's Haven out to the amazing wildlife colony of Skomer Island.
  • Caldey Island Trip - setting out from sheltered Lydstep Bay round the monastic isle off Tenby.
  • Cleddau Estuary Meander - a paddle up the estuary from Angle Bay to Lawrenny.
  • Stackpole marine wildlife - a marine biology special - part water, part shore-based departing from Stackpole Quay harbour and led by Pembrokeshire's own Dr Lou Luddington.

Other activities include a rolling clinic, BCU navigation course and a rock hopping journey along the coastline.

Coaching, instruction and guiding will be provided by local and nationally recognised individuals - with BCU or equivalent recognised qualifications, and will be competent to lead activities they are assigned to.

Who can take part?

Our festival is aimed at keen kayakers - you should be able to self-rescue (using aids if required), assist in rescuing others and understand basic seamanship and group paddling responsibilities.

Festival participants will be expected to provide their own equipment and transport.


Accommodation will be available at the Centre on a first come, first served basis. There will be three standards of accommodation as follows:

  • Premium En-Suite - a private room for up to two people in a modern, en-suite room with access to a shared lounge and kitchenette area. Very limited availability.
  • Standard Private Room - modern, private accommodation for up to 6 people. Perfect for a family or group of friends.
  • Shared Room - modern bunk-style room possibly shared with same sex participant.

There are numerous high quality showers and WCs throughout the Centre and two drying rooms.

How much is it and how do I book?

Tickets start from £135 per person, with accommodation ranging from £30 to £50 for a two-night stay. You can purchase your tickets via our Sea Kayaking Festival booking form.

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Supporting our special places

The event will be run on a not-for-profit basis and all remaining proceeds will be invested directly in the conservation work of the National Trust. Learn more about the Trust's cause.