Welcome to a new kind of Marina…

Pilling’s Lock Marina is a new breed of marina to the East Midlands area. Situated ideally for cruising any part of the canal & river network, it’s modern facilities raise the standard of a traditional inland marina and bring them into the 21st century. It’s setting is idyllic and peaceful whilst only being minutes away from main transport links. Driving  from the marina will get you into the city centres of Nottingham, Leicester or Derby within 35 minutes – traffic permitting of course!

There are some fantastic berths available here at Pilling’s Lock and we have got some great deals available to help you get any easy & stress free start to your boating experience. We have lots of helpful literature and advice on hand at the marina office so why not drop in and have a chat!

The local waterways are a beautiful jewel in the crown of rural Leicestershire. We believe that our facilties have so far encouraged many new people to take up boating and enjoy all the area offers in a very secure environment with lots of friendly faces on hand to help and advise. We have a great team of professionals in the marine industry and an experienced & capable team of staff in our restaurant to ensure all our visitors leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Like any “beauty spot” a little sunshine brings many visitors back to our marina time and time again, although public access is restricted to the central areas so that moorers can enjoy peace and quiet on the mooring pontoons.Life aboard a boat here at Pilling’s Lock comes with some amazing benefits too. We service fuel and Pump-Outs from a mobile barge – meaning you don’t always have to move your boat & we can do this when you’re not there. We have full facilities on-site for all moorers to maintain their boats to a high standard, plenty of car parking and very friendly atmosphere amongst all berth holders and staff.We also realise that life aboard a narrowboat suits a small family or couple – but can be difficult when planning in visits from relatives and friends. This is why we chose to relaunch our luxurious 2 bedroom apartment as a self-catering holiday let which can accommodate up to 6 adults and one baby for as little as £16.50 per adult* per night! (*£99.00 for the whole apartment & based on 6 adults sharing). Booking is so easy with the apartment listed on Laterooms.com or you can call the office for more details on 01509 620990 & many Berth Holders have already used this great facility for Birthday Weekends, Christmas Reunions and Anniversary celebrations.

Watch our new promotional film on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUMk6wHMZ4A

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  1. 1 David Sargood April 2, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    It’s good to see things coming along so well now that the weather is a little kinder. You are certainly closer to programme than one or two other new marinas that I can think of. It all adds to the confidence of those who are buying long leases and I’m looking forward to the open day . I will peer through the fence over the Easter period but don’t expect to be able to get on site. Everything that I’ve seen and read so far bodes well for the marina. All I need now is a boat !

  2. 2 Jackie Wade January 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Re: Mobile Broadband – We’re using the Vodaphone USB Modem 7.2 (their new one) at the marina – and it works great – no problems at all. Downloading is maybe a little slow – but hey – we’re in a metal box!!

  3. 3 Jenny Drake January 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Re: Mobile broadband. Another network that works at the marina for mobile broadband is Three. Posting this comment using it. They seem to have the best deal at the moment. 3Gig a month of data allowance for £15.

  4. 4 Jackie February 21, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Just thought I’d let you know how fantastic I think the building is looking. Really coming together now -everyone seems to be working so hard to meet the target dates you have set for completion. I took a photograph of the building yesterday so that I can have a record of the before and after!

  5. 5 chris March 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm


    I’m looking at getting a small sailing boat (aprrox 15 ft) in the very near future, but have no garage or storage facilities, so was wondering if you had any out of the water facilities for such craft? The boat would be kept on its trailer, so moving it if needed wouldn’t be a problem.
    Hi Chris, we may be able to help you with short-term storage over the winter period but during the months of April to October our aim is to keep the site tidy and uncluttered. Call the office for mor details about your requirements on 01509 620 990. Cheers!

  6. 6 Paul Travis March 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Are there any plans in the future to have seperate waste bins, like bottle banks and plastic recycling bins? it would make sense especially in a marina, you could fill a bottle bank each week. just a thought. Regards Paul T Hi Paul, you’re not the first to ask this! The contractor we use for waste automatically recycle everything that is put into the yellow bins via a sorting process back at their plant. This ensures that waste disposal meets EC directives on recycling whereby the required percentage of ALL waste is recycled – not just that which is sorted by customers who are more environmentally aware. This system works best for us as we don’t have different bins filling up at different speeds. PL

  7. 7 Sarah B March 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Hi all

    Weather permitting I should be joining you all on Sunday in Debonair. Any updates with everyone’s internet connections and any suggestions for who to go with?



  8. 8 Neil and Jane March 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Sarah

    We have found that most boaters are using Vodafone and they are doing a deal at the moment £15 for 3gb a month with a free modem called the pebble, that offer is only until 31/03/08. The normal price is £30.

    We are looking to be arriving on the 1/05/08 or 2/05/08 on Janeil.

  9. 9 Jackie April 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Sarah

    We also have a vodaphone connection but with a data card (as another option). We also have a ‘boater’s phone’ aerial connection to the datacard which boosts the signal. We have found this to be very useful. Boaters phone can be found on the internet – http://www.boatersphone.com. They are also very helpful and can offer you advice.

  10. 10 Ian & Linda (Bellarita) April 19, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Hi Paul

    Thank you for your most helpful advice when we moored up last week, the marina is really taking shape and we are delighted we chose pillings. Your manner and inspiration are a breath of fresh air to canal living.
    You’re very welcome! It’s an old trick anyway 🙂 Paul

  11. 11 Christopher June 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Just to say a massive thank you to Paul, John and Carole for an absolutely lovely BBQ on the beautiful terrace at ‘The Boathouse’ at Pillings Lock Marina. The weather was great and the setting was idyllic! I cannot wait until the venue opens officially in the very near future – there is nothing like it for miles around!

  12. 12 Jackie Wade July 9, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hi Paul
    With the imminent opening of the cafe/bar and the fact that it is to be open to the public, I was wondering whether additional security was being put in place to protect the boaters and their boats. I understand that the marina gates will be left open until the bar closes in the evening, giving open access to the marina to anybody who choses to come in. We were led to believe that there would be cctv cameras together with a security gate on the bridge down to the pontoons – is this still going to happen? And if so will it be before or after the opening of the bar?

    Hi Jackie,

    We’ve had a few discussions with boat owners and amongst our management team about this.

    We feel that site security is excellent currently and we do not expect the opening of the bar to attract any adverse element to the marina.

    The very few problems we’ve had so far with ‘mischief makers’ have always been individuals who have come along to visit boat owners here at the marina – which means they would have access through gates anyway!

    Installing access gates onto the walkways would reduce the easy-access that many of our customers currently enjoy and prefer. Restrictive Access Gates can also look unsightly.

    We have almost a full time job reminding customers about access codes for loo’s and the laundry without adding more codes into the equation too!

    We will continue to monitor the situation regarding access to the pontoons and if any changes are felt to be necessary after opening the bar, rest assured we will address them.

    Regards, Paul.

  13. 13 Laurie Main November 4, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I would like to give my thanks to all at Pillings Lock Marina for their help this week when we got stranded at Sawley because the River Soar was in flood. We had just one week to get our recently purchased boat from Barbridge to Pillings lock and having struggled through snow, frost, a collapsed bridge, slow boaters – what should stop us but an unexpected flood. We phoned the Marina to confirm the situation and, after making sure that we had a safe place to moor the boat, John said “no worry, I’ll come and pick you up so that you can get your car.” John, thank you so much. You helped us out when we needed it most. We didn’t realise just what we were getting when we joined the Pillings Lock Marina community. Mind you, we still have to get the boat home – let’s hope the flood waters go down soon.

  14. 14 David Llewellyn November 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Hello Lorrie,
    Considering you wrote this a week ago and the weather has not improved,i hope that your boat is safe in harbour now!

  15. 15 David Llewellyn November 11, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I say this as when i bought my N/boat last March from Bidford on Avon i experienced flood waters,and it is a scary matter when the River level rises some 8 ft above normal level!
    Seeing half a mature tree stream past your window and ending up in your hosts back garden poised above a stone wall wasn’t a pleasent start to my canal boating.
    So glad for the Stratford canal to open to bring it on home up here before a repeat performance!
    Had my fears about the stories of the Soar and Trent,but delighted to know thanks to the fantastically thought out sluice up the way we have no worries about flooding at Pillings Lock!
    Despite all this rain i see the Marina’s water level has only risen about 2 “.
    Roll on the end of the month when the weather will be mild for my friends visit and mini cruise!

  16. 16 Laurie Main November 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your concern. We managed to pop up to Sawley last Thursday and get the boat safely round the corner and into Pillings. Luckily we were between rain fronts since the Monday after, the day we were going to move the boat, it was raining heavily again.

  17. 17 aiden December 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    merina is really nice and i like the new chef in the pub

  18. 18 Alan Unwin December 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Cracking carol nite paul

  19. 19 Richard Bleakley March 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Good to meet you on the ABYA course. Just having a nosey on your website, its rubbish. Your customers would be far better travellig north to a proper a marina 🙂

    I’ll give you a shout sometime in the near future, i fancy coming down and sampling some of the fair at your cafe.

    Good luck with the boat sales mate.

    Richard @ York Marina.

  20. 20 NickandWendy April 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Just come back home from your open day. Excellent location and great dog display.
    Quite disappointed in the service in the restaurant – left sitting unserved for quite a while, asked to sit back down when I went to the counter to order, order taken using the wrong menu, correct menu brought out, no order taken. Left the restaurant with a coffee and empty stomach.
    Hope things get better
    Nick and Wendy
    Dear Nick & Wendy,
    We’re so sorry you didn’t have an enjoyable meal at our cafe this weekend. We were extremely busy with the event being our first one and at times we did struggle to get to everyone. Rest assured we are working hard to ensure we get 100% satisfaction from our clientelle and please do come back and try us again sometime very soon.
    (PS I was on-site all weekend and we did have dozens of compliments about the food and service today so hopefully this was just a rare incident that doesn’t normally happen)

  21. 21 Les Merry April 14, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Hello everyone who purchased an “Easter raffle ticket” for Adam Kendricks wheel chair appeal. We raised a total of £160 which will be put into the fund.Thanks to all the staff at Pillings Lock Marina who helped us raise this money for Adam.Thankyou all so very much
    Les and Susan

  22. 22 Terry Brigstock April 15, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I have spoken to lots of people at the Marina about the Musical Evening detialed below all of which have said they are going to come, please pass the word around ask all your friends, it is so important that we support a cause very close to me and my family

    Thank you Terry


    Friday 19th June at 8.30pm
    Help raise money for


    Barbershop Quartet
    Music from Gilbert & Sullivan
    And may be more

    Tickets £5 – available from Terry Brigstock tbrigstock@talktalk.net 07970466313 or Pillings Lock Marina Office/The Boat House Cafe Post Code LE12 8EN http://www.pillingslock.com
    Pillings Lock is situated between Barrow on Soar and Quorn and is sign posted from the A6
    Price includes raffle prizes

  23. 23 Kate Bramley June 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Paul,

    This mail is from both myself and Ray to lend support to you, your staff and your lovely marina. We have been most surprised by some of the messages on your website of late and can only think that these persons must be in a parallel world and not actually on the same marina as myself and Ray.

    Since we arrived at Pillings at the beginning of your venture we have always been delighted with the helpful and friendly way that you and your staff have dealt with us and any problems we have had.

    I had always envisioned the cafe/bar to be exactly as it was intended, to be a bistro type bar/restaurant. Although Ray was slightly disappointed that there would be no draft beer, the reasons for this were fully explained at the time and have since proved to be correct.

    During the present economic climate we fully appreciate that the objectives that you have for the marina i.e electronic gates etc, may have to be deferred to a later date and we personally have no problem with this.

    Perhaps these people should go to the marina we came from and sample life there, where we were told not to use the water as it was on a meter and not to put our rubbish in the bins provided because the marina manager had to empty them, ( I kid you not), also there was no electric hook up facilities for non residents as the electrical supply to the marina could not support them and the hook ups that were there frequently tripped out if everyone wanted to do their washing at the same time.

    As to the points made by Mr. Llewellyn about the marina being open to the general public, yes I suppose in an ideal world this would not have to happen, but obviously the residents and leisure moorers trade would be nothing like sufficient to maintain this facility. You only have to have gone to Sawley marina over the years where there are many more boats moored and see the bar closed the majority of the time.

    Please pass our thanks on to all members of your staff, keep up the good work, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


    Kate and Ray Bramley, ANNIE D.

  24. 24 Geoff & Angela "Manu Tahi" June 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Dear Paul
    It is with some regret I wish to inform you that we will departing your great Marina for good on 1st July 2009.
    We have thoughly enjoyed our stay with you, but because of distance to travel we have decided to move
    to a marina on the Kennet and Avon canal which is only 30 minute drive from our home.

    We both think you run a great Marina and really loved watching it mature into a quite a little oasis.
    The Boathouse food, drink and ambience is hard to beat.

    So wishing you all the best for the future

    Angela and Geoff
    Manu Tahi

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