The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, a key partner to Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, celebrates its 25 years this month, having been opened officially by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 23rd June 1999. For the past quarter of a century, the Centre has been a cornerstone of the Plymouth watersports community, providing a range of activities and adventures for people of all ages and abilities.

Richard Stevens MBE DL, Chair of the Board, Mount Batten Centre says:

“Over the past 25 years, the Mount Batten Centre has helped thousands of people experience the joy of being on the water, from kayaking and sailing to paddleboarding and bell boating, as well as providing a range of land-based activities for visiting groups. The team are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable environment for everyone to explore the beauty of Plymouth Sound and the Mount Batten peninsula and are proud to be key partners of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park project.”

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre holds a significant role in promoting watersports and activities in Plymouth, and the wider South West. The small team of core staff and experienced instructors provide guidance, support, training and qualifications for those that may never have dipped a toe in the water before to experienced sailors, paddleboarders and kayakers.

The team work with school groups, residentials, community groups, individuals, friends and families from not just across the city but nationally and internationally also. Alongside the hundreds of sessions that are held on the water each year, the Centre also plays host to many sailing events in collaboration with Plymouth Youth Sailing, with this year being no exception, as the Centre welcomes sailing competitors from around the globe for the World Cadet Championships in August.

The Centre is looking forward to continuing its legacy for the next 25 years and beyond. As part of the successful and transformational multi-million pound funding bid from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, the Mount Batten Tower and the Mount Batten peninsula will all benefit with improvements and enhancements to the visitor experience.