We are Now Open for limited sessions 

Latest Update 20th July 2020

The activities at Bonkers are continuing to operate the new safe and clean systems including:

  • Book and pay in advance

  • Arrive on time for your session but not more than 10 minute before your session

  • Strictly NO spectators (unless pre-arranged and only in certain circumstances)

  • Toilets may be used, but very limited access to indoor facilities (please assume you cannot use the changing rooms)

  • We are spacing out sessions and arrival times to keep it lovely and clear for you

  • Our activities are limited to tuition and hire at this time

  •  We are constantly evaluating, learning, improving and modifying to ensure ongoing safety 

  • As this is our own private site, we are confident that we can make it safe and professional and welcoming for you...

We are now able to increase the numbers of people onsite in line with the new government guidance that has been issued to support the return of sport and recreation in England, last updated on 9 July 2020

These have been interpreted by British Canoeing who have issued the following guidance. This represents a slow easing, and enables us run more than 1 group of 6 (or family bubble) at the same time. 

Previous updates (systems still in place)

Following the Government announcement on May 13th 2020 we have worked hard to change and adapt our Outdoor Activity Centre so it is as safe as it can possibly be. 

There are links to Govt Guidelines we are following below and we are also following the guidance from our National Governing Body British Canoeing. The 'standard' information is also listed below 

From the 1st June - small groups are allowed (up to 5 students, 6 in a group in total). We are still focusing on private tuition and small groups, as we have found this runs best, but if you want to link up with friends or family and book a session together, we can now do this for you.

To help re-assure you we would like to point out some unique elements we have to help keep everyone safe:


  • We are not 'open to the public'​. We will strictly limit people to their own time slots. (Some public car parks have been busy, with no 'control'. We totally control our private site, with strict arrival times booked in advance).

  • All sessions MUST be booked in advance - forms are sent electronically and payments done in advance to avoid unnecessary contact

  • We have set up the site with spaced out parking, 1 way systems, areas for unused and a separate area for used kit 

  • We have our own private river frontage, launch pontoons and our large private back field - all great for keeping you safe and socially isolated in the great outdoors

  • We have over 50+ boards and 100+ b'aids, so you will not be using kit that someone else has used, we will rotate it around so as well as being cleaned it will have been stood unused/untouched for days. 

The activities we are running are: 

        Private Tuition   (1 on 1)

        Family Tuition  if you are from the same household we can teach up to 5 of you 

        A group of 5 that YOU choose - We will not put you into a group of people that you don't know, but if you can organise some friends, the price comes down per person ( see details here

        Hire (household groups, or you can meet up with up to 5 of your friends - as per Govt guidelines)

       Limited Activity Days for young people - max 5 per session, book in advance

All sessions are booked in advance and you will be allocated an arrival time. We are taking everyone's safety seriously and will be limiting the amount of people at all times. 

call Kim now to enquire 07962 240627 

How we have come to this decision and what we have done to make it as safe as possible 

Following all the information provide by both the UK Government, British Canoeing and other watersports governing bodies. All of these can be found on the links below. There is no point in re-writing them all, but the key changes we have made include:

  • We have re-written sections of our operating procedures and Risk Assessment measures to include the changes necessary to adapt for Covid-19, including risk assessments. 

  • These changes have then been put into practice at our site including: 

    • signage​

    • sanitising stations 

    • booking systems - book in advance only

    • staggering users into allocated time slots 

    • cleaning areas and cleaning systems in place 

    • we are the only user group - so you are safe in a 'private' setting 

  • The advise is that users can access our clean Toilets, but on advise we are not using the changing rooms - so come dressed appropriately. 

As well as what you can see, like the cleaning and the site changes we have also assessed the things you cant see:

  •  All our booking and payment is now done in advance and online

  • Our risk assessments and systems extend to include elements that might not be immediately obvious including:

    • How we ​​change, evolve, learn, improve and adapt

    • How we would deal with an incident or emergency - including the latest first aid advise 

However, we also want to re-assure you that through all this, we will continue to use our common sense and hope to ensure your activities are FUN and SAFE giving you an amazing life enhancing experience on the water 

Please contact Kim if you have any queries, or would like to book 

07962 240627