Please note the Marina Office is Closed Wednesdays from 22nd September 2010 until 30th March 2011.


Registered Office – The Marina Office, Pilling’s Lock Marina, Flesh Hovel Lane, Quorn,      Loughbrough, LE12 8FE. Telephone 01509 620 990.

Reg Co. number 5850548
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The Marina Office, Pilling’s Lock Marina, Flesh Hovel Lane, Quorn LE12 8FE Telephone 01509 620 990

Office Opening Hours –

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday            9.00am to 5.30pm


Saturdays                                                      10.00am to 3.00pm

Sundays                                   10.00am to 3.00pm (May vary due to staff levels)

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20 Responses to “Contact”

  1. 1 Mr & Mrs tyler May 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm


    Do you have a mooring for a 58 foot narrowboat. Possibly residential within the next 2 years.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Hi – we have plenty of availability at present – please call the marina office on 01509 620990. Our Availability page has the listings of all free berths at the minute. PL

  2. 2 Dave June 12, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    My parents are moving in within the next few weeks, and i’m trying to find out which network is best for mobile broadband for them out of vodafone and three, three is alot cheaper as they are existing customers on 3, the coverage checker on thier website says they do get full 3g reception, but i want to make sure its good there, does anyone on the marina have three mobile broadband, or a mobile on three with good signal?
    Regards, Dave
    Hi Dave – there is a lot of feedback on this website from customers about mobile broadband so you should find what you’re looking for here. Just bear in mind that and external ariel is sometime neccessary on a narrowboat as the metal shell of the boat can restrict the signal. PL

  3. 3 Alan Unwin June 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Just got a 3 modem works great good speed and stays connected Alan

  4. 4 janeil June 14, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Dave
    We use Vodafone on our boat. We always get 3G although the signal can sometimes be weak.

  5. 5 ken downs August 4, 2008 at 10:07 am

    hi ,wondered if there any boats available for let, 6 months minimum for liveaboard. 1 adult male , one well trained small dog.
    cheers ken. 07765864798

  6. 6 David Llewellyn August 5, 2008 at 8:09 am

    There are a few boats for sale on the Marina Ken…Perhaps someone may want to let if they are not shifting!
    Although i was told you have to be a registered hire boat concern -say like Canal time or Bidford boats to let!
    Think you can get into serious trouble if you let out your boat privately!
    Perhaps the management here can verify the position for you..
    Yours David L.

  7. 7 pillingslock August 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I would advise both parties contact BW if they are contemplating this kind of arrangement and a formal tenancy agreement or hire agreement should be signed to protect both parties. PL

  8. 8 Terry August 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

    My wife and I did the Leicester ring recently. On our first night we decided to stop at Birstal, feeling this was safer than Leicester. To our surprise during the night we where un-moored along with four or five other boats, bad enough on our first day out but worse was to follow we stoned by the same people breaking a window on a hire boat rented by a German family. This according to the police is quite common place and happens most weekends. Moral is don’t moor at Birstal but book an over night mooring a Rainsway Marina, safer and i guess cheaper in the end.
    Terry – I’d really advise you forward your comments on to Leicestershire City Council too – – one of the things we intended to do before starting Pilling’s Lock was to invest in redeveloping Leicester Marina (but it never happened due to the usual planning bureaucracy) and a secure overnight stopping point nearer the city would be very valuable for boaters. PL

  9. 9 Tony & Angi August 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    On the other side of the coin —–

    We have stopped at Birstall several times in the last couple of years, always at weekends.

    We have had no trouble, the natives have been friendly & the food is very good at the Mulberry.

    So, whilst taking note of a most unfortunate experience,we would not hesitate in stopping at Birstall in the future.

    Just our opinion, for what it’s worth.

    Tony & Angi

  10. 10 David Llewellyn August 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    On the last lap of my epic first time journey to Pillings lock Marina from Bidford on Avon(April 3rd this year)..I moored at the Leicester Castle pontoon at West Bridge…As did Davey and Marky in their widebeam.
    Hence if you do have to stop over in that area..This is the place to be at!
    Nice experience as to the equal of Leicester’s answer to the Thames embankment…Only problem was my German Shepherd dog falling in at the walled side gap of the pontoon(so watch it if you have small children-or small dogs! To this day Emmy is terrified of our Marina pontoons however!
    Another problem is only two to three places available!
    Another bad spot i was told is Leamington Spa,although i sailed through sharpish and routed it not to stay overnight!
    A good deterant ,i’m told is to carry a camera at the helm and make it visable in hand whilst chugging along if any suspect trouble seems iniment.
    After some 70 miles of canal, 146 locks and 12 days all the damage i acquired was bruising from the many stone banks not faced with wood .
    All the same i am pleased to be in Loughborough/Barrows/Quorn’s answer to Monte Carlo safe from my origins of the London borough of Havering ,Essex!
    Also did you know Barrow on Soar was voted the top village in Leicestershire..Using the village often i can understand why!
    Well thats enough sucking up to the management…No rush Paul,but when do i get my exclusive LH21 parking space?
    Also ..Has there been a security breach on site…Someone’s nicked the laundry!!!
    We are in the process of changing Laundry Machine supplier – the new machines arrive on Wednesday and they are going to be brand new (not re-conditioned like the last lot!).

  11. 11 Ann Spriggs August 13, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Just to warn other boaters that we encountered a gang of youths at bridge 34 on the Soar. They hurled abuse, stones, bricks and a bike at our boat and followed us on the towpath for quite a distance. My husband was hit on the back of his neck by a stone, luckily not doing any damage. I called the police who were not interested and could not locate us!
    Hi Ann, We suggest you and other boaters keep reporting these incidents and having a camera handy to take snaps of the offenders has also been mentioned as a worthy deterant. Pictures can then be analysed by the Police and then they can work towards catching these youths. PL

  12. 12 Ann Spriggs August 15, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Thanks for the advice , we did contact the police at the time and they were not interested. Have since made a complaint to them and they are investigating not only the event but their lack of response. We will definately keep a camera handy in future and will avoid the area in the early evening.

  13. 13 Peter & Jackie Burrell August 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Hi Paul
    As diesel prices have dropped, can we assume that your advertised diesel price is now incorrect – Prices were correct up until this morning when we got our invoice for our last stock of diesel. The retail price here is now 84p per litre.
    All prices that appear on our website are correct as we would have a lot of disagreements if they weren’t!
    We alter the price of our diesel when our stock is replenished and this is dependent on the price our wholesaler charges us. We do not get the invoice for this until a few days after they’ve delivered though! PL

  14. 14 Mark January 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Hello all, I just wanted to see if there was any interest in a Wireless Internet Service Provider. I have a small company who have installed at marinas and wondered if this was of interest to you Paul.
    Thanks happy new year.
    Hi Mark. We provide free wi-fi in the cafe at the minute but obviously installed across the site means there would be an additional cost passed on to the berth holder. Can you let us know what these costs are and how effective the wi-fi signal is through the hulls of metal boats then we can get some feedback from customers here whether this would be a service they are willing to pay extra for. Kind regards, Paul

  15. 15 Terry January 30, 2009 at 9:01 am

    It is important that Pauls latest note on feeding the ducks etc be heeded not only because of unwelcome vermin which result in the kindness and concern for the wildlife but more importantly that some popular waterfowl found in the marina can be poisoned by such things as bread. I am constantly appauled when out on the river by the Sunday afternoon walk where young children are encouraged to “feed the ducks”

  16. 16 Jackie February 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Ref Quiz Night – Thursday 12 Feb

    Thanks very much to John for organising a really good night and thanks to Alex for the food! We had a really good laugh! Looking forward to the next quiz night.

    It’s not the winning that counts but the taking part that matters. We had a lot of fun – and right on our doorstep too. What more can you ask for.

  17. 17 Steve Brown February 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I have read through your web page and i am just dropping you a line to ask a few things.
    can i pop over and take a look around the site at any time (weekends)
    I have not had the boat built yet but are there any moorings available? I realise i will have to secure a moorings asap as i get the boat built. I presume securing will not be a problem.
    Regards (there may be loads of questions to come sorry)
    Hi Steve, The Marina Office is open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 2.30pm and the Cafe/Bar is open until 23.00hrs on Saturday or 18.00hrs on Sunday. Office staff can help with booking you a berth – Cafe staff can help with serving you a meal or drinks!

  18. 18 Les Merry February 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Another great quiz night at Pillings Lock. Thanks to John and co for putting on an enjoyable evening. More please!

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