Birdham Pool Marina’s Classic Boat Festival 2017, held over the first weekend in September, was a huge success and a great way to celebrate the marina’s 80th Anniversary.


The Classic Festival is all about showcasing beautiful, traditional, hand-built and lovingly restored boats.

Helped by the lovely weather, hundreds of people came along for a chance to view the many classic boats, cars and motorbikes on display. Entertainment consisted of a local choir (photo below); various bands and a solo saxophonist.

Birdham’s connection with wooden boats goes back to 1937 a few years after the mill pool was dredged and turned into a marina offering berths and repairs to wooden boats. Shipwrights have worked from the marina ever since and in 2012 Tim Gilmore Wooden Boat Specialists moved to the marina bringing existing customers and attracting more; continuing the love affair with wooden boats. The Classic Festival is all about showcasing these beautiful, traditional, hand-built boats.

Birdham Pool Marina has undergone many improvements over the last two years and the new decked boardwalk, recently erected alongside the marina, allowed visitors a great view over the marina and classic boats.

Mike Braidley, Operations Director for Castle Marinas Ltd, said “We have invested a large amount of time and work in improving the Birdham site recently. However it was vital that we retained the charm of the Marina and the Festival has been a great way to celebrate Birdham’s 80th year and to enjoy our new improved facilities. Everyone had a great time. We will be reminding everyone to make a note in their diaries for next year’s event on 1st and 2nd September 2018.