Exe Estuary birdwatching cruise, 6th December 2018

This afternoon’s cruise again witnessed spectacular numbers of birds in the estuary, especially the upper part. The Great Northern Diver was still present between Cockwood and Starcross, as were the usual Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Grebes and 2 immature drake Eiders; the Eiders seemed to be feeding successfully on mussels. A dozen or more Great Crested Grebes and about 20 Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered throughout, but large numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon were concentrated around Shutterton Creek and off Lympstone, with a hundred or more Pintail at the latter. Over 100 Mallard, c50 Teal and maybe 200 Shelduck completed the ducks. A Harbour (Common) Seal was hauled out on a sandbank off Lympstone Barracks. c100 Common and 2 Lesser Blacked Gulls were amongst large numbers of gulls on the intertidal flats.

The mudbanks at the northern end were covered in hundreds each of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Redshank. There were perhaps 1000 Lapwings and 500 Golden Plover there too, with about 50 Knot and smaller numbers of Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits and occasional Greenshank and Ringed Plover. A Sanderling back at Bull Hill sandbank completed a ‘full set’ of waders!

Dave Smallshire

Welcome to Stuart Line Cruises’ November Newsletter!

  • Devon Tourism Awards – We Won!
  • Bonfire Night Cruise
  • Christmas Cruises

WE WON GOLD!

We are thrilled to announce that we have won the Gold Award for ‘Small Attraction of the Year’ at the prestigious Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018!
We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club in North Devon for the awards ceremony – many thanks to them for the delicious food, fabulous atmosphere and brilliantly attentive staff.

Congratulations are also in order for Seaton Wetlands and Torre Abbey Museum, who both won a Bronze award and to our friends at Quince Honey Farm, who took home the Silver award. Thank you also to Westward Marketing for their sponsorship of our award category and to Thomas Chartres-Moore of Stephens Scown Solicitors for his incredibly entertaining and slick co-ordination of the presentation ceremony.

It was wonderful to have a well-deserved night off with the team and we are very grateful for their incredibly hard work throughout the past year. We are extremely lucky to have such enthusiastic, committed and forward-thinking staff who are ready to embrace our vision for the present and the future of our family-run business and simply could not achieve such high standards without them.

Bonfire Night Cruise 

Undoubtedly, those who were lucky enough to join us for Bonfire Night this year, will agree that there are few better places to view the spectacular firework displays which surround the Exe Estuary, than from the River Exe itself. For several years now, we have been offering the opportunity to do just that, from the relaxing comfort of our modern vessels and this year was certainly better than ever.

Due to popular demand, we decided to operate both vessels for the evening and all tickets were sold-out in record time by early September. Passengers enjoyed hot pasties from Chunk of Devon, hearty organic soup from Rod & Ben’s and the odd tot of brandy or whiskey here and there to warm the cockles!

When the fireworks started, we enjoyed uninterrupted views from the unique perspective of the boat, with panoramic views from both decks – we simply didn’t know where to look next! Of course, another very special aspect of viewing the fireworks from the water are the reflections which glisten on the surface of the water and make the whole experience that much more special.

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Christmas Cruises 

‘Tis almost the season to be jolly and we are set to have a jolly busy one indeed! Christmas preparations are in full swing; correspondence from the North Pole reports that Santa is writing his lists and checking them twice, the elves are frantically wrapping gifts for all of the children both naughty and nice and Jake has almost finished decorating the boats with beautiful garlands and lights galore!

Our famously spectacular Sail with Santa cruises are almost all full, with spaces available only on 21st December and our Christmas Band Night, which will feature the very popular ‘Carnaby Street’ has been sold out for several weeks now. In addition, our Christmas Day Swim Cruise has only 4 spaces remaining and our Festive Specials are set to be very popular, with many of them filling up fast – I suppose we’d best hurry up and get the mince pies in the oven and the mulled wine on the stove!

We can’t wait for what promises to be a fabulous month ahead and hope that you may be able to join us at some point!

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Guided Bird Watching cruise on 24 November 2018

Our afternoon cruise started with a Common Scoter in the mouth of the estuary and a Peregrine sitting on the top of the church in Exmouth. Off Cockwood we found the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe and then the Great Northern Diver first seen on the 22nd. About 15 Great crested Grebes were scattered in the central section of the estuary, where there were again many hundreds of Brent Geese and Wigeon, together with more than 100 Pintail, and 2 Greenshanks at Powderham.

Once again, the upper, ‘muddy’ section of the estuary held very large numbers of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin, with smaller numbers of Lapwings and Golden Plovers, plus about 50 distant Knot. As we returned to the quay and started to disembark, someone spotted an immature drake Eider, in almost replacing the same spot as the Scoter seen earlier.

Dave Smallshire

Exe Estuary cruise, 22 November 2018

What a cracking afternoon on the Exe to kick off the new season of birdwatching cruises!  To start an afternoon full of estuary birds, we watched a Peregrine zooming around over the sea off Exmouth.  Having almost missed the resident Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood, we had much better views of a Great Northern Diver near Starcross. Four Greenshanks were in their favoured spots between there and Powderham, while towards Lympstone many hundreds of Brent Geese and Wigeon were grazing the surface algae. As were approached closer, we noticed dozens of Pintail scattered amongst them.

A tight flock of Avocets were feeding in the shallows off the Marines Camp, where a pair of Black Swans was a bit of a surprise! Dunlin numbers increased as we approached Turf, with first a couple of Ringed Plovers amongst them and then hundreds of Lapwings and smaller numbers of Grey Plovers. A Kingfisher sat on a floating landing stage at Turf.  About 70 Knot were among hundreds of Dunlins and Avocets on the mudflats, while a roosting flock of about 500 Golden Plover were in their favoured roosting place between Turf and Topsham.  Hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits (and a few Bar-tails) and a few dozen Teal were feeding among yet more Avocets at Topsham.

Returning to Exmouth, we took in the sheer spectacle of first the waders concentrated on the shrinking mudbanks and the wildfowl (including well over 100 Pintail) swimming and then taking flight off Lympstone. An egret in the fields with cattle near Turf might have been one of the Cattle Egrets present recently, but it was too far to tell and photos didn’t help. Two Sanderlings feeding on the edge of one of the sandbanks was a final addition to the wader list.

Dave Smallshire

Welcome to Stuart Line Cruises‘ October Newsletter!

“The wind was blowing very hard as Pooh neared Piglet’s house. ‘Happy Windsday, Piglet. I see you’re sweeping leaves.’ ‘Yes Pooh. But it’s hard. This is a very unfriendly wind.'” ~ Winnie The Pooh

Certainly, one or two unfriendly winds have been and gone – the seasons are shifting but the River Exe is tranquil and the surrounding trees are displaying hues of deep golden orange. There are far fewer boats out on the River than this time two months ago and we feel quite smug – smug that we get to stay and witness the changing of the seasons and experience the peace of mind that our River brings. It’s beautiful. The Exe Estuary is looking simply beautiful and we can’t wait to continue to share its’ treasures with you over the coming months.

We would like to highlight a few of this past month’s highlights and what we’re most looking forward to as we sail further into the Autumn…

  • Autumn Special River Exe Cruises
  • Guided Bird Watching Cruises
  • Sail with Santa

Autumn Special River Exe Cruises

* NEW FOR 2018* 

Our Autumnal River Exe cruises are new for this year, they run every Thursday and have so far been nothing short of a delight. With organic Rod and Ben’s soup, a fresh bread roll and a covered and heated lower saloon with table and chair seating, as well as an open top deck, it’s no wonder passengers are reporting that this is simply one of the most enjoyable excursions and best £11 they have spent all year!

As with all of our cruises, our Skippers deliver an informative and captivating live commentary, detailing the rich history, mesmerising beauty and diverse wildlife of the Exe Estuary and surrounding areas, as you sit back and take it all in.

So far, we have enjoyed some superb weather conditions, now becoming increasingly crisp, clear and chilly – typically characteristic of this time of year and perfect for spotting wildlife and picturesque landmarks. The duration of this cruise is variable but generally between 75 – 90 minutes, making it perfectly engaging for all of the family.

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First sightings of Avocets on the River Exe!
Guided Bird Watching Cruises 

We have already been spoilt by our first sighting of Avocets of the season on the river at Topsham – this picturesque flurry was undoubtedly a sure sign that Winter is well and truly on its’ way, with promise we hope, of a very exciting bird watching season ahead.

There is more to the estuary than first meets the eye; the Exe Estuary is in fact a RAMSAR site. This means that as a wetland, it is designated to be of international importance, owing to the prolific birdlife which inhabits the area during the Winter months. The vast mudflats exposed at low tide are home to an abundance of invertebrate species, providing a biodiversity as rich as that found in a tropical rainforest and as a result, there is a wealth of wildlife which thrives on vital food sources.

With thousands of migrating birds to the estuary between the months of November and March, our bird watching cruises are perfect for those fascinated by such wonder and indeed, our feathered friends. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert, leading local ornithologists will guide you with a lively and informative commentary of the species, habitat and behaviours, whilst our friendly crew serve hot pasties and soup to warm the cockles!

Sailing on the Low Spring Tides between, November – March.

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Sail with Santa

~ While Father Christmas checks who’s been naughty or nice, parents enjoy mulled wine & mince pies,

Glitter and tinsel sparkle away – the crew are in costume for this festive day!

Into the Grotto children try to peek, to see if Santa is there fast asleep,

Ah ha! He’s awake and he’s getting ready, to give them toys, books or a even a teddy,

An hour later and the trip’s all done, by the looks on their faces they’ve all had fun!

They wave goodbye full of cheer, we’ll Sail with Santa again next year! ~

 

Our famously spectacular ‘Sail with Santa’ cruises are a fabulously festive way to kick-start Christmas! It’s ‘HO, HO, HO!’ and ‘ALL ABOARD!’ as we set sail up the calm-assured waters of the River Exe for our well-renowned magical and enchanting Christmas cruises!

With balloon modelling, face painting, magic and music, snacks and drinks, sweeties and chocolate, a visit from our surprise guest and of course a fantastic quality present from Father Christmas for every child, we are sure that you will agree this is one of the best value attractions in whole of the South West!

And don’t worry, we always look after the adults too, with mulled wine, mince pies and the priceless look of sheer delight on your children’s faces as they visit Santa in his grotto.

We are tremendously excited for this years’ festivities to begin and spaces are filling fast, with some cruises already full. To secure your preferred date, please visit the link for more information and to book online:

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Welcome to Stuart Line Cruises’ September Newsletter!

Reflecting back on our Indian Summer – indeed, we have enjoyed a prolonged period of unseasonably warm, dry weather, generating elated spirits and some truly memorable cruises!

We would like to share with you a few of this past month’s highlights and what we’re looking forward to as we prepare for the excitement of the changing seasons! 

  • Dartmouth Regatta
  • Exclusive October Half Term Special Offer
  • Festive Fun

Dartmouth Regatta

Without doubt, this was one of our very best cruises of the year – truly idyllic.

The weather was fair with bright sunshine, clear blue skies and a light south-easterly breeze, resulting in good visibility and very desirable sailing conditions indeed. The South Devon coastline presented stunning scenery as usual and with a moderately high tide, we were able to really hug the coastline for the entire passage down to Dartmouth. To our passengers’ delight, our competent Skipper was able to manoeuvre the vessel right in and around the Cove at Berry Head, displaying expansive views of the Devonian Limestone headland and unveiling sights of the nesting guillemots. The atmosphere aboard The Pride of Exmouth was notably relaxed and happy – our passengers were very well looked after by the attentive crew and appeared to be having a wonderful time. As we continue our passage, we noticed that we were being followed by a large pod of childishly playful common dolphins and were later treated to a friendly visit from a much smaller pod of inquisitive porpoises – we couldn’t believe our luck, it was simply magical!

As we entered the River Dart into the heart of the Regatta, we were immediately absorbed by the enchanting sights and sounds of this world-famous celebration of the water! We enjoyed uninterrupted views of the competitive rowing final, before disembarking to spend 3.5 hours ashore. Our jolly passengers were then able to fully immerse themselves in the bustling atmosphere of the charming narrow cobbled streets of Dartmouth which were filled with food stalls, offering locally produced cuisine of all varieties!

As we set sail for our return voyage, we enjoyed the spectacle of the Newfoundland dogs demonstrating their heroic water rescue, before heading back further offshore to give an alternative perspective of this breath-taking coastline. The sea state remained perfect and we were lucky enough to experience three further Dolphin sightings – like us, rejoicing in the Mediterranean-style Great British Summer!

Our 50th Anniversary Flower bed in the Manor Gardens, Exmouth!
Exclusive Online October Half Term Offer!

Many of you will already know that 2018 marks our 50th year of family-run business. Running our own family business is hard work. We have barely had one day off between us throughout the Summer, are often too exhausted to socialise and sometimes don’t even feel like speaking to each other by dinner time! We have been developing our business for 50 years and this Summer we are delighted to have been even more busy than ever before. We have trialed several new types of cruises this year and are so grateful to our passengers both old and new, who have supported us with such consistent loyalty. The Summer is now starting to draw to a close but before we get stuck into the excitement of the Autumn, we would like to pause and say thank you so very much for your continuous custom, encouragement and feedback. What a rewarding way to earn a living!

As part of our ‘thank you’, we would like to offer you HALF PRICE tickets on all of our trips (excluding the Round Robin), running from 20th October 2018 to 28th October 2018!

In order to redeem this special offer:

  • Visit our facebook page here to get the discount code – why not give us a like whilst you’re there to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of our other news and special offers?!
  • Book your tickets online* here
  • Enter the code when you pay for your cruise online*

*The nitty gritty details: This offer is only available on bookings made online before 12th October 2018, for trips to be taken between 20th to 28th October 2018, inclusive. The discount cannot be applied to any bookings that have already been made and is not available on our Round Robin Boat and Train Trip. 

Welcoming the Changing Seasons with open arms!

In the whole of our fifty years of sailing we have had one of the most enjoyable Summer seasons so far!  With some fabulous passengers on both our regular and special event trips, we have seen some spectacular scenery, sunsets and wildlife aboard our boats.  So, as the evenings start to draw in and the coats and jumpers start to reappear, we’re now starting to get super excited about our Autumn and Winter timetable!

We never let the change of season change how much we enjoy being out on the water – all of our boats have indoor heated lower decks with fabulous panoramic views and cosy warm blankets on our top deck!  Our fully licensed bar also serves tasty hot drinks and ourGuided Birdwatching Cruises even serve hearty soups and hot ‘Chunk of Devon’ pasties!

There’s a packed timetable for the coming months – and along with all our winter cruises, we’ve also got our Christmas trips already getting booked up! Sail with Santa, Festive Specials and our Christmas Band Night plus our Christmas Boat Party and of course the incredible Christmas Day Swim are all ready and waiting for you to book online!

Make sure to come join in the fun!

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Welcome Stuart Line Cruises’ August Newsletter!

We’ve had an idyllic summer this year at Stuart Line Cruises and would like to share a few highlights and upcoming events!

  • Seal Pup born on the River Exe
  • Torquay and Brixham Day Trips
  • Dartmouth Regatta

Seal Pup Born on the River Exe

As we set sail up the river, we noticed the female Seal resting lazily on the sandbank – she’s often in the same spot so the Skipper pointed her out and we continued on our way. However, when we returned a short while later we couldn’t believe our eyes – there were now two Seals and one was most certainly a newborn pup!

We respectfully kept our distance (hence our photo isn’t the best) so as not to scare the mother or pup and as we did so, the pup made its’ way – all by itself – closer to the waters edge where it edged in for its’ first ever swim.We spend almost every day out on the water and are always very aware of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world but this natural wonder really brought it home to us.  What a privilege to not only be able to see such things ourselves but be able to show our passengers too.If you were on this trip and have any other pictures please feel free to send them over to us – we’d love to see them!

Our River Exe Cruises run throughout the year and can be booked online here!

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Torquay and Brixham Day Trip!

Our Summer season is characterised by an array of coastal cruises – not least our weekly day trip along the stunning South Devon coastline to Torquay or Brixham.

This is one truly fabulous and family-friendly day out where we travel to the breath-taking English Riviera, in search of coastal bird life, Seals, Dolphins and other wildlife with an informative live commentary along the way, before arriving at our first stop in the heart of Torquay. Passengers disembarking here spend approximately three hours ashore, to enjoy the multitude of shops, cafes and restaurants of this bustling seaside resort.

We then continue across Torbay with our remaining passengers, to the charmingly traditional fishing town of Brixham, which is filled with bustling independent shops, whacky street performers and delicious food markets. Here you can enjoy approximately two hours ashore,  filled with everything that Brixham has to offer.

The return journey is equally as exciting, as we tend to really hug the coastline, enabling a close-up view to accompany the tales and stories, narrated by the Skipper as we go!

This trip leaves Exmouth at 10:30 and drops you back full of fresh air and holiday spirit at 17:30 every Thursday until the end of September – for more information or if you would like to join us click here!

Dartmouth Regatta Cruise

We always love to hear what our customers would like and the feedback this year was for more unique cruises, so this Summer season we have put on a host of events that we hope you think have delivered! From Band Nights and Canal Cruises to our Teignmouth Carnival Cruise and the Fish and Fizz evening cruise, we have relished the unsually hot sunny weather the season reaches it’s grand finale with nothing more apt that our Dartmouth Regatta Cruise!

The Dartmouth Regatta has always been held as one of the most prestigious regatta’s in the country and is now in its 174th year! This year continues to focus on the the beautiful town of Dartmouth and the river Dart Estuary with sporting competitions, rowing, sailing, swimming, bungee rowing, kayaking and paddleboarding!

The Market Square will be brimming with craft stalls and local traders all showcasing the best this up-market town has to offer, so this year why not avoid all the traffic, forget about the parking hassle and let us sail you right into the heart of the celebrations!

Departing from Exmouth on Friday 31st August at 10:00, we will sail along the stunning South Devon coastline directly into the heart of Dartmouth, where you will have approximately three hours shore, to enjoy and explore this celebration of the water, before we return you to Exmouth for around 20:00.

We would love for you to join us on this trip to help us celebrate in true style, so for more information or to make your booking please click here!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Welcome to July’s edition of Stuart Line Cruises’ Newsletter…

We just cannot believe how incredible the weather has been so far! This month’s updates include:

  • Jurassic Coast – Including the Sidmouth Folk Festival!
  • Purbeck Ice Cream
  • Teignmouth Carnival

Jurassic Coast Adventures

“Oh, the things you will find, if only you don’t stay behind!” – Dr Seuss

We have found, most recently more than ever, that this quote is absolutely true. We sail our popular Jurassic Coast Cruises (with or without a luxurious Devon Cream Tea) most days at this time of year but the past two months have been somewhat extra special.

For a start, the sea conditions have been, without exception,  perfect – for those who are less well brushed up on their Shipping Forecast, we should point out that what with the glorious blue skies and positively tropical hot sunny days which we have been experiencing, usually comes those strong Easterly winds – the sort that create large waves and can on some occasions prevent us from sailing. Instead, we have enjoyed flat calm and unusually clear waters, excellent visibility and of course, the beautiful sunshine.

Many people will already be aware that the Jurassic Coast is a unique and historically significant walk through time. The rocks and fossils along this stretch of coastline unveil intricate details of the Earth’s past and why it looks the way that it does today. The landslides, cliffs and beaches tell us huge amounts about the processes which have and continue to form our planet – amid perfect weather conditions, we have actually witnessed such landslides first hand, on more than one occasion.

Exploring this ever-changing coastline from the safe and exclusive perspective which our vessel provides, continues to present marvelous variety in the landscape and an exciting and good value 2.5 hours, well spent.

We are very much looking forward to the Sidmouth Folk Festival from 6th – 8th August this year, during which we will be carrying passengers a little further along the Jurassic Coast than usual, from Exmouth to Sidmouth, where they will be dropped ashore to enjoy approximately 3 hours at the vibrant festival, before returning back to Exmouth. Not only will passengers receive a full and detailed commentary of the geology of the Jurassic Coast along the way, but they will also be able to enjoy the festival at their leisure, avoiding the hassle of traffic and parking in Sidmouth!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!

Offering ice cream to buy during our cruises is something which we have been wanting to introduce for a while. However, various logistical details have presented complications over the years, such as where to store them overnight, as we are not able to leave our generator running for the freezers. As with the majority of the refreshments which we offer on board, we have always wanted to be able to provide an ice cream which has some sort of local or thematic connection to the service which we provide.

So, why have we chosen a product which is made in Dorset? Well, the answer is quite simple. Not only do these ice creams taste far superior to any which we have tasted before (and believe me, we sampled MANY prior to selecting this product!), they also contain no artificial anything – no gluten, all natural flavours and egg free, suitable for veggies, fully accredited as suitable for Halal (except the alcoholic flavours) and no added colours or nuts of any description, making them widely suitable for most people. Perhaps most significantly for us however, is the fact that for each tub of ice cream sold on the boat, Purbeck donates 5p to the Jurassic Coast Trust, independently supporting their excellent work to fund education and protection of our volatile and precious Jurassic Coastline. This is something which we are immensely passionate about and gives us the perfect ‘excuse’ to polish off ‘just one more’ tub!

Teignmouth Carnival Cruise

Although we sail along the South Devon Coastline every Thursday during the Summer months for our Torquay and Bixham Day Cruise, very rarely do we even enter the River Teign, let alond actually land in Teignmouth!

We are very excited to be running this cruise on Thursday 2nd August 2018, which will set sail from Exmouth at 6pm, dropping passengers in Teignmouth for approximately 3 hours, where they will be able to join in the midst of the carnival festivities, watch the carnival procession and soak up the atmosphere, without any of the stress or hassle of taking the car!On the return journey, passengers will be able to enjoy what will undoubtedly be the BEST view of the spectacular firework display from the boat!

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Welcome to June’s edition of Stuart Line Cruise’s Newsletter!

It’s all about the summer and the sunsets!

  • Countess Wear Evening Cruise
  • Meet our New Ales!
  • Fish and Fizz Night

Sailing the Navigable Length of the River Exe…

We had such a spectacular time on our first Countess Wear Cruise of the season, the Exe was in all her glory and the sunset was breathtaking!
We set off sailing close to Cockwood Harbour and past the two sunken shipwrecks near to Powderham.  We then went out beyond Topsham, underneath the main motorway bridge to Retreat House and the boatyard…
There are only a few times a year that the tides are so high we can sail the full navigable length of the River Exe in this way and both our passengers and crew enjoyed it! It really was one of the best ways to relax and unwind at the end of a summers day…
We have two more trips left this year on Friday 13 July and Sunday 12 August both setting sail at 7pm and returning you back to Exmouth Marina at 9.30pm.  Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £8 for children

Click here to book your place or why not give us a call on 01395 222144 where we will be happy to help!

Three Cheers to our New Local Beers!

We are very excited to have introduced a new selection of Real Ales aboard our vessels this month, all thanks to the guys at Exeter Brewery!
AvocetFraid Not and Ferrymen have replaced our previous bottled real ales and as well as tasting great, they have a very apt nautical theme – particularly the Avocet which could be best enjoyed whilst watching the Avocet’s aboard our Winter Bird Watching Cruises!
Brewed and bottled in Exeter this is a genuine local beer that is also affordable at just £3.50 a bottle.  It’s great we’ve been able to find this range and support a fellow local business here in the ever-thriving South West!
As you know we like to research our products thoroughly, so we really enjoyed a fun evening out with all of the staff for a tour of Exeter Brewery!  Not only did we get to sample the beer but we also learned about the brewing process and how to best describe the ales to our passengers.  We were also treated to a sample of the delicious locally produced Tom’s Pies – yummy!
The evening was a great success and we hope that you will love the beer as much as we do!

Fish and Fizz Evening Cruise

New for this Summer!

Many of you told us that you would like to join us on a range of special trips, in addition to those that we regularly run.  So this year we have added a number of special events to our timetable and our Fish and Fizz Cruise is one we are particularly looking forward to!

Joining forces with the award winning Exmouth based Krispies, this sunset cruise has everything you need to relax on a Friday night.  Setting sail from Exmouth at 7pm you will be welcomed aboard with a glass of fizz and after winding along the Devon Coastline you will be treated to some delicious fish and chips!

What a lovely way to spend your Friday evening!

If you would like to join us on this wonderful trip just click here to make your booking!

This afternoon saw the last birdwatching cruise of the season, after yesterday’s exceptional cancellation due to snow and ice on the roads. There was still the unusual sight of Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on the sandy shore of Warren Point, otherwise the tides and drizzle had rendered the intertidal areas free of snow.

There was no sign of the Great Northern Diver today, but the Slavonian Grebe was again midway between Cockwood and Exmouth and a dozen or more Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. The best bird was a female Scaup with Red-breasted Mergansers near Turf. Six Goldeneyes (1 drake) were on the river near Topsham and again a large flock of Pintail was around the mouth of the Clyst.

There were 275 Avocets scattered between Powderham and Topsham, all feeding actively. Along with the hordes of other waders and wildfowl around the Exe, they’ll be off soon back to their breeding sites, once they’ve restored their fat reserves for the journey.

Dave Smallshire