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Can you help Batman find Robin?

13th February 2017


Do you have any Hen or Stag Party outfits which you no longer need? Can you help our Batman find his Robin?

If so please get in touch! We are seeking donations of any unwanted fancy dress outfits....

Please call the Centre on 01752 404567 or email

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 1:22pm

Johnny Mercer MP launches clothes recycling and new canoe at the Centre

26th October 2016

The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust officially launched their “Recycle for Rewards” programme and put their new Specialist Canoe - the Bell-boat, out on session for its maiden voyage on Friday 14th October.

The Centre’s “Recycle for Rewards” programme enables schools, youth groups and community organisations to access subsidised or in some instances free activities at the centre by recycling clothes, or as we like to say “your old clothes for the great outdoors!”. Woodlands Special School partially funded an action-packed day at the centre with Powerboating, Sailing and Bell-Boating by collecting this huge pile of clothes. Johnny Mercer, Plymouth MP for Moor View, appeared suitably impressed with the Recycling programme referring to it as a "Brilliant scheme".

Johnny met with pupils from Woodlands Special School and talked through current provision for disability sport within Plymouth, before helping to launch the centre’s new specialist canoe. Earlier in 2016 the centre successfully Crowdfunded over £4,000 for a Bell-boat. The Bell-boat is ideally suited for introducing canoeing to children with Special Educational Needs as it won’t capsize and is extremely stable. Then Bell-boat was very well received by Woodlands Staff and Students – “This has been the best day ever, we want a Bell-boat and a Powerboat in school!”

For more information on the centre’s “Recycle for Rewards” scheme and Inclusive Watersports programme please see, email or call 01752 404567

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 1:14pm

School's out for summer...

19th July 2016

From slacklining to sailing, coasteering to enjoying a coffee overlooking the water in our IsoBar, Pirate Treasure Hunts to powerboating, soft archery to stand-up paddleboarding and so much more in between, you'd be 'mad' not to come and enjoy some time at the Mount Batten Centre this summer!

If you know someone who's mad for adventure our Multi Adventure Days (MAD) may be just the thing for them - find out more here

If you've always fancied trying sailing or kayaking, our TRYsail and TRYkayak sessions are perfect! Enjoy a couple of hours learning a new skill and all for under £20 per person

And, with the Rio 2016 Olympics just around the corner, be inspired by the range of land and water based activities we have available throughout August - do you have the next Plymouth Olympian in your family?

If just watching the world go by in a relaxing and friendly environment is more your cup of tea, enjoy tea (or coffee, or a beer even!) and a range of light bites in our fabulous IsoBar - with stunning waterfront views and comfy sofas, it really is a great spot.

School's out for summer...and we can't wait to welcome you to the Centre soon!

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 9:12pm

What's on at the Mount Batten Centre this June

31st May 2016

We're going MAD for adventure this half term with the return of our popular Multi Adventure Days (MAD)! To find out more and how to book, please click here.

On Saturday 11th June, Jonny Mercer MP will be open the Ocean Kayak Classic event in aid of Heroes on the Water, which will launch from the Centre. To find out more please click here.

The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit will be held on Saturday 18th June - this 'fun chase to fund raise' is a 26 mile offshore course from Plymouth Sound and back. To find out more please click here.

We're delighted to be supporting Plymouth Youth Sailing with the Topper Nationwide event on the 18th and 19th June - 150 Toppers from all over the country will be enjoying a weekend of sailing on the Sound. 

Summer is a great time to clear our the winter wardrobe to make room for all those lovely shorts and t-shirts! Did you know that you can 'Recycle for Rewards' here at the Mount Batten Centre? If you are a School or Business in the Plymouth area then we want you to recycle your old clothes and accessories in exchange for credit to spend on sports activities! 

Each month we send out an e-newsletter round-up to subscribers to our mailing list - if you'd like to be added, please click here and complete your details.

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 3:09pm

Plymouth Paddle-Ability so everyone can enjoy the water

12th May 2016

We've recently launched a Crowdfunder campaign, Plymouth Paddle-Ability, to raise funds for two Bellboats to enable Special Educational Needs (SEN) children to enjoy the benefits of canoeing.

In just two weeks, since the month-long fundraising campaign launched, and over £2,500 has been raised towards the £13,000 overall target and support from the local community, businesses and individuals has been overwhelming.

Sam Waites, Activities Manager at the Mount Batten Watersports & Activities Centre said "There is one specific group of people that we feel limited in what we are able to offer them, namely children and young people with special educational needs. At present we are able to take them out sailing as we have boats suitable for this, however we are very limited in what other watersports we can offer. We desperately want to address this, by providing suitable boats for them to take part in paddlesports, as we know the demand is there and the benefits to the children and young people are proven, so we've launched our first ever Crowdfunder campaign."

We have made the decision to launch the Plymouth Paddle-Ability Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to buy two Bellboats because these specialist canoes are very stable and allow for maximum participation (with or without support workers as appropriate) enabling the Centre to open up the opportunity for everyone to try, and enjoy, paddlesports.

So far the Centre has had the backing of video testimonials, rewards (in return for pledges) and social media promotion; from the Transat bakerly sailors who all signed a t-shirt, to renowned Plymouth diving instructor Andy Banks who has backed the campaign, and to the many local businesses who have generously donated rewards that people pledging can choose.

As one pledger wrote on the Crowdfunder campaign page "Our children have both enjoyed learning to sail and kayak at Mount Batten, this project will enable all to have the same experiences. Good Luck!"

To find out more about Plymouth Paddle-Ability and to pledge your support, please visit

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 2:43pm


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