The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association



Watery pursuits

Barrow Boating in the old Mill Basin at the bottom of Mill Lane and an attractive stretch of the River Soar. Owner Frank Reeves is offering a not-to-be-missed £3 river trip for 30 minutes. There are also family rowing boats, hydrobikes (cycling your way over the water), Canadian canoes, pedaloes, single canoes and motor boats, a narrow boat for a full or a half day (the boats take 12 people and you can spend as little as £14 per person for a 9am – 5pm activity.
For full details, pick up a leaflet from Barrow Boating or go to

The Boat House at Barrow
In addition to being able to paddle your own canoe or kayak, you can also hire a punt. Learning to wield the pole is quite a challenge and you certainly must expect to get wet if only from the drips that run down your arms. Or try a guided canoe tour that navigates the Quorn loop in a 10-person canoe. You can even order a traditional picnic hamper. Phone 412260 to make arrangements.

Pillings Lock Marina
You can now hire a 6 berth narrow boat that is available for shortbreak or weekly holiday hire and a Day-Boat which seats 7 and can be hired by the hour. The café-bar is open 7 days per week with breakfasts, lunches and a special evening menu of Modern British Food. Wednesday nights will be a great value BBQ aimed at families and friends. Sundays will still be the Traditional Sunday Roast too! For other summer activities such as music events and possibly even a raft race see

Sixhills Jetski Company runs RYA Personal Water Craft one day training courses for £130 per person including a light lunch and refreshments. You can either bring your own jetski or hire a Yamaha Waverunner at an extra £50. To find more information go to