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Information from the 2017 event:

In 2017 B-ROW and Bartley SUP will be painting Birmingham’s canals red and white in a flurry of Santa’s.

Come and make Birmingham smile and spread some Christmas joy.

Go on escape the Xmas shopping for 1 day (there’s 364 other days to do it).

The plan is to meet at Rotton Park Street at midday, we’ll get on the water en-mass after a quick safety briefing and paddle into the city centre and then off to a new fantastic pub where people are welcome to buy a drink or even a cream tea! We’ll then begin the paddle back to the start, it’s only a short paddle but it’s a great way to spread some Christmas joy and be on lots and lots of photos.

This event is open to canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and coracles! Fancy dress is compulsory.

Hire needs to be booked via B-ROW website for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. Bartley SUP members please arrange with Ben!!

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On 17th December 2017 just short of 100 paddlers headed along the canals into the heart of Birmingham’s magnificent canal network. All on a variety of craft from kayaks, canoes, racing kayaks to paddleboards the festive Santa’s and various other festive characters, including an angel looking like they were straight out of a children’s nativity, had one simple mission – to bring festive joy to the people they met en-route to the city centre.

The merry group of paddlers where drawn together by B-ROW and Bartley SUP for the 5th Annual Birmingham Santa Paddle simply to bring a smile to the festive shoppers faces that they met on the route from Rotton Park Street past the Birmingham Arena, Brindley Place, Broad Street, Gas Street and to the Mailbox before returning to the Distillery pub for a warming beverage.

Further Information

High Res copies of the above photos can be found at

B-ROW: Rowing and Canoeing in Birmingham are a not for profit organisation that seeks to increase the participation in Rowing and Canoeing in Birmingham and surrounds.

Bartley SUP are a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) club that meet on Bartley Reservoir.