Rocking the Boat 50+

  • Location:
    All-Aboard Watersports, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG
  • When:
    9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Jan, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Feb (10am – 3:30pm)
  • Experience / Eligibility Requirements
    No experience is required! You must be over 50 and live in Bristol.
  • Cost:
  • Transport:
    FREE transport available - Call 0117 929 0801 to request

“Bringing generations together to build boats, gain knowledge and generate friendships. Eight weeks, two boats, one great experience and completely FREE.”

What is Rocking the Boat?

Rocking the Boat is an inter-generational boat building project which brings together small groups, spanning all ages to work closely with our friendly, highly skilled experts to build two brand new boats from scratch. After weeks of working one day a week the project culminates with your vessel’s maiden voyage on the historic Bristol Harbour.

Do I need experience in boat building and how much does it cost?

Not only is this a fantastic opportunity where no experience is required but it’s also completely FREE of charge. We’ll even arrange to pick you up and bring you to the sessions before dropping you back later, also FREE of charge!

What could I be doing during the 8 weeks?

This project will provide a variety of roles for everyone! From sawing to sanding to documenting (and drinking tea…) this project offers the chance to get involved in the many different elements of boat-building.

  • If you want to get stuck in with a hands-on role but have never done anything like this before, that’s fine.
  • If you love the idea of the project but don’t fancy the practical side of things, that’s alright – we need people for the essential but non-practical elements of the project, such as documenting the build for our digital scrapbook.

No matter what you want to do, you’re welcome!

Will I get the chance to try other activities as well as boat building during the project?

Absolutely! It’s not all work and no play. The weekly sessions are split into two, with half the day spent working on the boat, and the other half doing whatever maritime activity takes your fancy. Your group will choose a maritime activity (ranging from sailing or gig rowing to stand-up paddle boarding) to participate in that day.

Where are the boats being built?

Each weekly session will be taking place at All-Aboard Watersports Centre’s boat shed.

When do the sessions take place?

The next course will start on: Thursday 30th April

Thursday 30th April
Thursday 7th May
Thursday 14th May
Thursday 21st May
Thursday 4th June
Thursday 11th June
Thursday 18th June
Thursday 25th June

How do I book onto the course?

If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please complete the form below

Simply sign up below!


Rocking the Boat Partners

All-Aboard Watersports exists to ‘break down barriers; making watersports accessible for all’. They are a fully inclusive charity, using watersports as a medium to improve life experience, health, physical and social opportunities for all in the beautiful and historic Bristol City Docks. Click here to find out more. 

BS3 Community Development is a well-established community hub in South Bristol. Working to improve the wellbeing of older people, and to reduce social isolation and loneliness, BS3 Community Development reinvests into educational, arts, environmental and social projects. Click here to find out more

MyFutureMyChoice provides unique and innovative education services to families and schools working with the charity The Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust, addressing the need for all young people to meet a wide range of role models doing different jobs in business, industry or community. Click here to find out more.

What to bring with you

Boat Building – please bring clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Overalls, safety glasses, gloves and any other Personal Protective Equipment that you’ll need, are provided.

Water Activities – please bring a towel and some clothes you don’t mind getting damp (separate to your workshop clothes). Wetsuits and life-jackets are provided.

Lunch – You can either bring a packed lunch or buy lunch nearby. Tea, coffee & biscuits provided.