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MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER – IN A CORACLE! (24th July 2015)

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER – IN A CORACLE!

Ironbridge Coracle Regatta, held between 12 noon and 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August attracts coracle makers and paddlers from all over Britain to participate in an array of madcap races.

Bank Holiday Coracle Regatta on the River Severn, Shropshire

Monday 31st August

Featuring team games, coracle polo matches and other fiercely contended competitions, free to watch it takes place along the picturesque stretch of the River Severn at the Ironbridge Rowing Club, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge (TF8 7BJ for those with SatNav). Food and refreshments will be available.

Used for thousands of years, Coracles are flat bottomed boats made from woven wood covered in animal skins, or more often nowadays, canvas sewn on and waterproofed with tar or bitumen. They were used for fishing, ferrying and - commonly in Ironbridge - for poaching. Before the advent of the Iron Bridge, they were also used to ferry people and goods from one side of the River Severn to the other.

For further details about the Ironbridge Coracle Regatta see www.coracleshed.org; for where to stay and other things to see and do visit www.visitironbridge.co.uk