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Kayaking Special | Paddling with Pride

£4.00 (inc. VAT)


Following on from our great success in 2022 and 2023, we are inviting you to come and join our celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

This event is a celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion, allyship and all things paddling! Come and try kayaking or stand up paddleboarding and find out more about how you can get on the water near you. Flags, facepaint and t-shirts are heavily encouraged! 

Suitable for almost everyone, this kayak tour is led by one of our qualified and experienced guides.

Any under 18’s must be accompanied on the water by an adult.  

Further details


Four logos on a white background. From left to right, the first is the pride flag with the words 'Paddling with Pride' written on it. Next is a rainbow smiley face logo with the words 'Roundhouse Birmingham' written underneath in a black font. Next is a blue streak with the words 'Paddle UK' written in navy blue. Last logo is the words 'Go Paddling' in black outline.

In collaboration with Paddle UK this event is a celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion, allyship and all things paddling! Come and try a variety of paddling activities and find out more about how you can get on the water near you. 

We’ll give you the perfect taster of what kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding is all about. Our experienced instructors will help you get on the water and paddling around in no time. And then once everyone is ready and feeling OK, we’ll head off on a short paddle on Birmingham’s canals. This is a perfect way to give kayaking or paddleboarding a go, all whilst celebrating LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship. 

All kayaks, paddles and safety equipment are provided. You must wear a buoyancy aid, regardless of your swimming ability, so you’ll be safe if you fall in. Sessions are led by a professionally qualified British Canoeing Instructor who will give full tuition. Sit back, paddle and have fun! 

Please note: This event is aimed at members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community

What’s included:

  • Kayak and paddleboard taster experience with around 30 minutes on the water.
  • Expert advice, full training and safety briefing from your fully qualified instructor.
  • Free downloadable photos of your experience.
  • All kayaks, paddleboards, paddles and safety equipment are provided.

What happens on the day:

  • On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the Visitor Centre and you’ll meet your expert tour guide.
  • The team will give you full training and a safety briefing – you don’t need any experience or specialist equipment.
  • You’ll enjoy learning how to paddle and try kayaking or paddleboarding in a safe environment.

What should I wear?: Gym-style clothing is best because these won’t hold any water when wet.  Everyone must wear footwear; old trainers, crocs, flip flops are all great.   

What about the weather?: The kayaking tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we need to cancel the tour due to high winds or thunderstorms, we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

Great for: Giving kayaking or paddleboarding a go, a bit of fresh air with people, something memorable to do with family and friends.

Event Details

Dates: Saturday 20th July

Time-slots: Various Kayaking and SUP times throughout the day.

Meeting Point: Please check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 15 minutes before your session starts.

Directions: View our Getting here page for detailed directions.

Duration: From introductions through to a chat at the end, you should allow around one hour for this guided experience, with about 30 minutes on the water.

Suitable For: 8 years plus, all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend that those that are 8-12 years take advantage of our two person kayaks to get the most out of the experience. Maximum weight: 18 stone.

Visitor Information
Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we do need to cancel a tour due to high winds or thunderstorms we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.

Spectators are welcome.

What to wear: It is best to wear gym-style clothing because these won’t hold any water when wet; jeans, leather and wool are not ideal for kayaking.  Everyone must wear footwear; old trainers, crocs, flip flops are all great.

Kayaking: You will get a wet lower half whilst kayaking, because our kayaks are sit on top kayaks, you are exposed to the drips from your paddles and splashes, and you may get a small puddle in your seat - we'd recommend wearing some waterproof trousers if you have them. We do have some waterproof trousers and jackets available. There's a small chance you may fall in, we recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes- just in case.

Paddleboarding: If you are paddleboarding the probability is higher that you may fall in; we highly recommend a change of clothes and a towel.

What to bring:
We have lockers available for your bags, and we recommend that no valuables are brought to the Roundhouse. We strongly recommend that no phones, wallets or sunglasses are taken on the water and we will not be held responsible for any loss incurred.

Looking for something to eat and drink after your tour? Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub and 10% off food and drink at Ristorante Caffe Arena. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket.

Booking is recommended.

Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in our courtyard.
We are an accredited British Canoeing Delivery Partner.

You want to know that the centre you choose is high quality, and that’s what the Delivery Partner badge means. A paddling centre displaying the British Canoeing Delivery Partner badge has agreed to the Delivery Partner Charter. This means the paddling centre has agreed to high standards of safety, value for money and customer service.
The badge is an indication to schools, parents and other customers that the partner takes its responsibilities seriously. They will use highly trained, qualified and competent staff, to deliver a high-quality customer focused product.

Venue: The Roundhouse
Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE


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Kayak Tour FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Kayaking is easy to pick up, we cater for all abilities on our tours and our guides are trained in being able to assist you should you require further advice.

Many people may think that kayaks are easy to flip over but they are a lot more stable than they might look, we have chosen the kayaks specifically for their stability.

Sports clothing is light, dries easily and doesn’t make you freeze, simply stay away from denim, leather and wool and you will be fine. We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier too!

You need to wear something on your feet during the tour; old trainers, crocs, sandals all work well.

There will always be the odd splash and dribble that will get you damp and, because of the nature of the kayaks that we use, you will get a wet bottom!! We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier though.

And, of course, we recommend bringing a change of clothes should you capsize.

Yes, we always assume that no-one can swim. If someone should capsize our guides will be there to assist you; normally, because the canals are only 4-6 feet deep, you could stand up.

All participants regardless of ability will be required to wear a buoyancy aid provided by us.

Due to equipment limitations the maximum weight we can currently cater for is 18 stones.

Our buoyancy aids have a maximum chest size of 50 inches.

Both of our kayaking tours involve approximately 90 minutes on the water

It’s better to book all our tours in advance. You may be lucky if you show up on the day and one of our guides will be available but we recommend always pre-booking.

8 years old and upwards (because of the size of our equipment)

We don’t recommend taking any valuables on the water, we are not responsible for any damage and loss.

We have lockers available free of charge for tour participants.

We have lockers suitable for bags and personal items available for all tour participants free of charge.

Please visit Visitor Reception to book in, your guide will meet you there.

A canoe is paddled with a single-bladed paddle, and you will have seen these paddled generally by two people. A kayak is paddled from a sitting position with a two-bladed paddle.

We use sit-on-top kayaks, which mean should you fall off you’ll simply slide into the water.

We paddle on the canals so if you are not participating you can walk alongside but there is a lot of places that can’t be accessed by pedestrians.

We do have 2 x Two person kayaks available; these are ideal for an adult and young person. These will need to be arranged on the day so please mention this at the earliest opportunity.

We do have facilities for changing available in our visitor centre and a shower should you take a dip in the canal, however the shower is not for general use.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Alternatively please visit our Group Booking Page for more information on how to make a booking enquiry.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.


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