Cambrian News photographer - Members and coaches on the lake with Bob Spooner, chairman of Aber Kayakers

AN ABERYSTWYTH kayaking group is hoping to attract new members with a series of free events to celebrate National Go Canoeing Week.

The Cambrian News reported “National Go Canoeing Week runs between 26 May and 3 June this year, and is a national celebration of all things paddling – canoe, kayak, sit-upon paddleboard and stand-up paddle board.

Aber Kayakers are hoping to make a splash this year with three events in a bid to attract new converts to the sport.

Last year’s National Go Canoeing Week saw Aber Kayakers attract 30 new members, and this year the group are holding a distance paddle, a film night and a taster session for newcomers.

The week starts off with a distance paddle for experienced paddlers in the sea with a target of at least 10 miles per person.

Aber Kayakers have set themselves a weekly target for all paddle activities in the week of 300 miles, which will go some way towards the national target of 45,000 miles to be paddled during the National Go Canoeing Week.

On Wednesday, 30 May there will be a film and talk at the Colosseum.

In it, filmmaker Benjamin Sadd and artist James Trundle, both from the south of England, go on a journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon, where they live with an indigenous community, learn how to build a canoe and then take it on a journey down the river.

The main event is the taster/starter session on Sunday, 3 June, between 10am and 4pm.

Later in the afternoon there will be a mini expedition for those confident and competent enough to paddle a mile or so in the safety of the river or even out to sea if the weather is kind.

For more information on the events contact Trevor Sharples on 07968 791964, or email

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