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New Year’s Eve Kayaking under Fireworks in Suffolk

Paddle the waters of Harwich Harbour before seeing in the New Year with fireworks from your kayak.

Kayak Journeys
1 Night
United Kingdom

Make this night of tradition a unique experience.

You’ll take a guided paddle at night around Harwich Harbour launching from Shotley Marina in Suffolk.

After following the shoreline around the harbour, you’ll rest at Half Penny Pier to watch the magnificent 30-minute firework display from the best seats in the house as Big Ben strikes twelve. It’s a New Year’s Eve party like you’ve never experienced.

This unique night includes:

  • Guided kayaking tour
  • Organised firework display
  • Local, certified guide
  • Sit-on-top kayak, buoyancy aid & paddle
  • A glass of mulled wine
  • Free on-site parking

Perfect for:
Those looking to see the New Year in with an experience to remember.

Need To Know

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 guests with up to two guides.

You will be kayaking and not swimming - our kayaks are large at 15,5ft long and stable. In the highly unlikely event of a capsize, your buoyancy aid will keep you afloat whilst we haul you back on to your kayak. We only do this trip in flat calm conditions.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

  • Sit-on-top kayak
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Paddle
  • Chemical light
  • Mulled wine for the fireworks show

This is an easy paddle, perfect for those who have never paddled before. Our guides are full time professionals and are BCU and ISKGA trained and qualified; you will be in good hands.

You’ll be provided with a detailed guidance on what to wear but essentially layer your clothes and don’t wear too much as you’ll get warm whilst paddling. Bring along warm gloves and headwear and a large fleeceor pullover to go over your top for when we stop for the fireworks show. The mulled wine will also warm you up for the fireworks show.


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Shotley Marina is a wonderful place to visit, with or without a boat, offering brilliant facilities and plenty of nice walks in the area, along the rivers Orwell and Stour and a seasonal ferry across to Harwich.

As well as its harbour, Shotley Marina is widely known for its pub – the Shipwreck Bar and Restaurant. With fantastic reviews for their food, drink and atmosphere, you may wish to start your night here with an evening meal before the trip begins.

Start point?

You will be met at Shotley Gate around 21:30.

Finish point?

You will arrive back at Shotley Marina around 01:00 where the trip concludes.

Getting there and away?

Shotley Marina is situated in Harwich Harbour. The A12 and A14 provide quick access to the network of motorways; London and the Midlands being reached in less than 75 minutes. The nearest inter-city mainline station is Ipswich (London – Liverpool Street is one hour). From Ipswich station it is a 15-minute taxi ride or 37 minute journey by bus (no. 98).

What to Expect

Your lead guide will be there to greet you when you arrive at Shotley Marina around 21:30 for a safety briefing before setting off. Your kayak and gear will be ready for you and we’ll advise you as to what to wear for the evening.

The Shipwreck Pub at Shotley Marina offers good food and drinks so it may be an idea to have your evening meal there before your trip.

The paddle is a gentle one as you glide through the water that glistens with the harbour lights. You’ll follow the shoreline and land on the sand spit for a rest and a warming glass of mulled wine.

Enjoy the tranquillity of kayaking at night for just over an hour before you reach the small harbour of Harwich in preparation for the annual firework display at midnight.

The fireworks are magnificent; the display is conducted from the barge moored in the deep water channel and lasts around 30 minutes. You’ll have front rows seats with a perfect view from your kayak – Happy New Year!

When the celebrations are over and as the mumblings of Auld Lang Syne fade, a gentle paddle back to Shotley Marina, arriving around 01:00, having had an amazing start to a new year. A once in a lifetime experience not offered anywhere else on the east coast.

3 hours maximum on the water


Although no over-night accommodation is included in this trip, the host can recommend and assist with suitable B&B bookings upon request.

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