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Port Edgar Open Weekend is back with a splash as it celebrates 10th Anniversary

The annual Open Weekend returns to Port Edgar, the largest watersports and activity centre in Scotland, for a special 10th-anniversary event on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May!

Port Edgar Open Weekend is back with a splash as it celebrates 10th Anniversary

Article Source: Port Edgar
Last Updated: 12 April 2024 9:22

A vast array of watersports sessions, streetfood, shopping, DJs, kids’ activities and adventure talks will be on offer as Port Edgar Open Weekend returns for a special 10th-anniversary event on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May.

The annual Open Weekend makes it return to Port Edgar in South Queensferry, which features the largest watersports and activity centre in Scotland, for the first time since COVID.

Families are expected to flock to the Open Weekend, which has previously attracted 10,000 visitors from across central Scotland.

A new addition to the programme this year is a series of adventure talks hosted by fitness and sports enthusiast and podcaster Alan Nash aka Get After It Nashy, with special guests including Mollie Hughes, the world record breaking mountaineer, adventurer and author of Blue Scotland and former marine John Bathgate who was shot by drunken pirates in the Amazon last year during his Summit to Sea expedition.

Expert instructors from Port Edgar Watersports CIC will be hosting numerous watersports taster sessions offering the chance to try canoeing, sea kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, keelboating and powerboating plus Wetwheels Edinburgh CIC will have experiences available throughout the weekend. The sessions cost £30 per adult and £20 for children over 8 years old. Activities must be pre-booked via Port Edgar Watersports - it is highly recommended to book in advance of coming along via www.portedgarwatersports.com/bookings/

Once again, the Open Weekend will feature a feast of food and drink options with a wide selection to suit all taste including Smoke and Sear; Alanda's Fish & Chips; Pizza Geeks; Taberu; Yu Ca Taco; Choola; Caravan of Courage; Moskito; Mimi's Bakehouse; and MacLaurins coffee.

Shoppers can peruse an extensive range of country, marine and casual clothing and accessories at the Marina’s shop, Beacon. The shop will have amazing offers over the weekend and features brands including Dubarry, Joules, Schoffel and Fairfax & Favor.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the RNLI will also be present offering practical skills training relating to water safety for both adults and animals!


Taylors Snacks – formerly known as Mackie’s Crisps - will be adding some further fun and games to the proceedings, with their special ‘potato shy’, ‘snack race’ and crisp grabber. There are also face painters, crazy golf and Make Mess Matter to keep younger visitors entertained.

Due to the popularity of the Open Weekend event, car parks are expected to be very busy, so visitors are being encouraged to travel by public transport. Local residents are encouraged to cycle or walk. For anyone arriving by car, there will be a £5 parking donation for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation – with other opportunities to donate across the site.

Less than 30-minutes from Edinburgh city centre, on the southern banks of the Firth of Forth, Port Edgar Marina boasts stunning views of the Queensferry Crossing and the Kingdom of Fife beyond.

As one of the east coast’s largest marinas with berths for over 300 boats, Port Edgar is also the home of Port Edgar Yacht Club and a number of major marine businesses.

Port Edgar Marina’s managing director, Russell Aitken, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Open Weekend is back! It’s going to be a very special weekend for everyone at the Marina with this being the 10th anniversary of the event, so we are pulling out all the stops to make sure that it returns with a splash.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to see how the Marina has evolved into such a popular destination for visitors over the years. The Open Weekend has played a big part in that and we’ve expanded our offering to ensure there is plenty for families to enjoy whatever the weather.”


The Port Edgar Open Weekend, 4 & 5 May 2024, 10am-5pm. Parking charge of £5 on entry will be donated to My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. For further information, visit www.portedgar.co.uk and the events page on Facebook.

To avoid disappointment, it’s recommended to pre-book a two-hour taster session by contacting Port Edgar Watersports CIC on www.portedgarwatersports.com/bookings or call 0131 319 1820. It is £20 per child aged 8-16 and £30 per adult.

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