Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Inspired by the Olympics? Take to the Tees for watery fun!

Friday, August 10, 2012

For anyone who has been inspired by Britain's Olympic success at rowing, canoeing, or who fancies a go at water skiing or dragonboat racing, this summer provides the perfect chance.

Take To The Tees returns to Stockton from August 20 – 26 giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy everything the stunning River Tees has to offer. It's all about having a go – at something new, or something you haven’t done for a while. Whatever you choose, this is your opportunity to try 'taster' sessions of more than a dozen sports on and around the water for all abilities.

Eight events, from white-knuckle rides to powerboating, range from challenging to just sheer fun. Whatever you choose, you’ll be under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor and be issued with all the safety and other equipment you need.

Sessions are based at three sites along the River Tees in Stockton and details are available from the contacts below or from

From the River Tees Watersports Centre:

Wheelyboats for disabled people tel: 07748 908646 email [email protected]
Rowing tel: 07854 109413 email [email protected]
Dragonboat paddling tel 07504 063023 website

From the Tees Barrage:

White Water rafting tel: 01642 678000 email [email protected]
Water skiing tel: 07973 679471 email [email protected]
Canoeing tel: 07788 280691 email [email protected]
Thundercats powerboats tel: 07411 794861 website

From Castlegate Quay:

Paddleboarding tel: 07779 127230 email [email protected]

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Take To The Tees has proved hugely popular since we launched it a three years ago. But with the wave of enthusiasm following the London 2012 Olympics and the success of our rowers, such as Kat Copeland here on the Tees, I'm sure these taster sessions will be more popular than ever.

"This year the various clubs are taking a lead and I hope people will be encouraged to try out an activity they have never done before or would like to know more about. The River Tees runs through the heart of Stockton and is a wonderful natural resource. The message is - don't wait, book early. It's first come, first served for all the activities, so they are sure to sell out quickly."

Take To The Tees finishes with the massively popular River Rat Race – back this year bigger and better than ever. A thousand Rat Racers will be running, splashing, walking the plank and kayaking on Sunday, August 26.

To find out more, or to book a place in the River Rat Race, log onto