Down by the Waterside

Free Community Watersports Activity Days

Down by the Waterside

Free Community Watersports Activity Sessions
Sunday 23rd October 1:30pm – 4:30pm

 Friday 28th October 10am – 1pm & 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Sail Birmingham and Midland Sailing Club are teaming up with Birmingham Rowing Club to help the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022.

Adults and children can come along and try out a range of watersports free of charge but you will need to book through the this Eventbrite link.

Sailing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding & Rowing At Midland Sailing Club, Icknield Port Road, B16 0AA

Limited free parking on site, and bus 80a stops outside. Cyclists welcome!


These are funded by each ward’s Celebrating Communities Fund and places are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sailing, Windsurfing and Paddle boarding

To book half price Sail Birmingham activities if you live in one of the four wards, please use the following codes when booking online for adult or junior sessions.

Edgbaston – SB83B4E

Harborne – SB359EA

Ladywood – SB1AA36

North Edgbaston – SB55DB6

For more information about learning to Sail, Windsurf or Paddleboard please contact:


For more information about learning to row courses please contact: /



Buoyancy aids are provided, and everyone is required to wear one. You are likely to get a bit wet if trying rowing or sailing, so please consider bringing a change of clothes and bring footwear that you do not mind getting wet, old trainers or water shoes are preferred, no crocs, flip flops or sandals. For windsurfing and paddle boarding you will very likely get wet (!), you can borrow wetsuits if you wish to, please bring a towel and a swimsuit for under the wetsuit.


There is a café at Midland Sailing Club that is open with hot and cold drinks and snacks available to purchase.


Watersports are fun to do on hot sunny days or even when it is raining.

However, if there are high winds or a severe weather warning the Free Community Watersports Activity Days will not go ahead. If the weather is bad, please check the website and our Facebook page for up to the minute information.