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In partnership with Pride House Birmingham in the run up to the Commonwealth Games 2022, British Canoeing invites you to join us on the water at the Roundhouse in Birmingham for a celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion, allyship and all things paddling! Come and take part in Paddling with Pride. Enjoy a variety of paddling activities, and find out more about how you can get on the water near you.
Whether you’ve paddled before or are completely new to the water, people of all identities, including allies, are invited to join us on the Birmingham Canal Old Line in central Birmingham for paddling fun. Flags, facepaint and t-shirts are encouraged, and we will be hosting our own Pride Paddle Parade during the event.
This event is free to attend if you have an On the Water membership. If you don’t currently have this membership, you will need to purchase a Day Ticket for £5.00 - this will ensure you are covered for insurance and waterways use, and that we have craft available for you to use.
To celebrate the launch of Paddling with Pride and to help get you out on the water, all individual registrations for the event will be entered into a prize draw to win your very own rainbow Aquaplanet MAX 10”6 Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)! The MAX SUP is a great board for new or intermediate paddleboarders, and paddleboarders up to 130kg. Your pack will include your own buoyancy aid, D-rings on the deckpad for attaching a kayak seat, paddle, pump, leash and surf sack, so you’re ready to get out on the water!
HOW TO GET THERE
The event will be held at The Roundhouse in Birmingham, a heritage site in Ladywood outside Birmingham City Centre. Full travel details can be found on the Roundhouse’s website here. Please be aware that there is no parking on site at TheRoundhouse, and some main details of how to get to the event are below. Where possible, we recommend active travel and more environmentally conscious transport options, such as public transport.
Getting to the event by car
The Roundhouse is close to the M6, M5 and M42. Please be aware, there is no on-site parking at the Roundhouse. The nearest car park is Arena Birmingham on Sheepcote Street, or limited on-street parking in the streets around the building, which require cash. There are bus-only lanes around the Roundhouse, so please be mindful of signage while driving. An alternative car park is the Q-Park at Brindley Place, which is a 10 minute walk away from The Roundhouse.
Getting to the event by public transport
The Roundhouse has several train stations nearby which are within walking distance. You can reach the venue from Five Ways (21 min), Birmingham New Street (22 min), Moor Street (27 min) and Snow Hill (20 min).
There are two bus stops outside the venue on Sheepcote Street which are titled as St Vincent Street. Visit the National Express - West Midlands information for more information.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT TO BRING
The most important thing when paddling is comfort, and we definitely recommend anything rainbow-themed, whether it’s t-shirts, flags or facepaint! All activities will be taking place outdoors, so please ensure you are prepared for the weather, such as with suncream.
We recommend you wear something you don’t mind getting damp, such as: lightweight leggings or trousers, shorts or other sports kit, any headwear such as a hijab (provided it is securely fastened), and a light jacket. We recommend avoiding heavy clothing such as: thick jogging bottoms, abayas or burqas, or long dresses where possible as they may become heavy and uncomfortable if they happen to become wet, unless you have lightweight options you’re happy to wear. For shoes, we recommend shoes with good grip, such as trainers.
All craft and equipment will be provided on the day for you to have an enjoyable experience out on the water, so you just need to bring yourself! You will not be permitted to use any craft without the appropriate buoyancy aids, so please do not use a craft without one for your own safety. We also recommend leaving any personal items which are not water-resistant (such as phones or watches) on dry land, or place them in a waterproof pouch while you’re out on the water.
We would ask that you please do not bring craft to the event unless you have a requirement for equipment with specific adaptations. If you would like to discuss this with us, please use the main contact above. Please note that during booking you must prove you have a full On the Water licence, or purchase Single Event Membership, to launch.
The Roundhouse has several accessible facilities, full details of which can be found on their website. The event will take place in the central outside space of the venue, and access to the outdoor space is step free.
As the Roundhouse is a heritage site, much of the floor is cobbled, so attendees who use crutches, walking sticks or other aids may find some of these surfaces difficult to navigate. However, there is a clear, flattened route designed to be accessible for wheelchair users, pushchairs and visitors with restricted mobility.
Please be aware that to get on and off of the water will require you to be on the towpath, which will still be open to other users, including those riding bicycles, wheelchair users and other users who will require space to pass safely. Please be mindful of other towpath users while getting on to and off of craft during your time with us.
NO TOLERANCE EVENT
This event is being conducted in the spirit of inclusion, community and allyship, and discrimination, harrassment or bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. If we receive reports of discriminatory behaviour or language you will be asked to leave the event, and British Canoeing will take necessary action.
The cancellation policy for this event is the responsibility of the organiser. Please use the contacts for this to request details.
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