Widgeon Theatre Boat

An 83+ year old theatrical narrowboat and radio station, moored across various UK waterways.

Picture Credit Gem Rey



The Widgeon Theatre Boat


Widgeon Theatre Boat is rocking the waterways with a 24 hour mix of chat, music, specialist shows and then some. Find something that really floats your boat.



Various Genres

It's a Sin - LGBT Special

This is a musical documentary. It is not a usual playlist of LGBT+ artists however. Many of these artists may not be recognised as non-heterosexual. Many had to hide their sexuality through fear of persecution and often, violence. Many also battled with their own demons. This is a tribute to all those remarkable musicians who have struggled with their sexuality and homophobic attitudes they've had to tolerate and unfortunately continue to do so. It's remarkable that Stonewall riots happened in June/July back in '69. It's now the 20's and this couldn't be more appropriate time to celebrate difference, equality, love and understanding - onwards and upwards.

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Yacht Rock - Sounds of 70s & 80s Americana

Originally known as the 'West Coast' sound, this is a 70s-80s soft-rock special where vaselined camera lenses, jumpers tucked in jeans, the 'Malboro Man' and wind in your hair while cruising the waves of Eastbourne (or California if you were from across the pond) reigned supreme. Join us for a 3 hour special, perfect summer day listening. Vangelis, Lani Hall, Hall and Oates, Seals & Croft, Stealers Wheel....

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Windrush Generation, celebrating the sound of Mento

What is Mento? It's a style of Jamaican folk music predating reggae and ska peaking in popularity in the '40s and '50s from the Caribbean. We explore the musical landscape of the Windrush generation, with the sounds of Mento, Calypso, a dash of Joropo and anything in-between.

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Techno / Electro
Psy-Boutique Sessions

Psy-Boutique Sessions

In our Psy Boutique sessions will be introducing you to three International artists each first Friday of every month. In celebration of Independent Womans Day, we introduce you to three Female Dj Artists, Opening the evening is Dj Asia with her smooth tech house techno melodic vibes. Introducing Bahar Canca with Ebru Al taking you into the night with her hypnotic techno vibes.

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Electronica / Ambient
Planet Bob's Chai Emporium presents

Odo the Purple Wizard

Each Week Planet Bob's emporium will be presenting both emerging and established artists for you to enjoy

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Folk & Independent Musicians

Folk Saturday

This Weekend in celebration of Independent Woman's day we present to you 5 amazing female Folk artists all known & prolific in their field.

Julie McCambridge with her new album "Making Amazing Shapes" the uncanny voice is a force of nature. Not so much the leaf-cutter ants and acorn weevils bit of nature. The big stuff. Lions. Wild boar.  A powerful and innovative singer-songwriter.
Iona MacDonald, Maggie Swampwino & Lucy Lyrical with wicked songs sweetly delivered, pure-hearted protest singers, catchy little ditties, A sister act with a difference – After Maggie Swampwino left this mortal coil, Lucy Lyrical continues to perform alone. Jo Maultby a singer songwriter whose believe is to 'Do what you love'

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Mj Morgan

Sounds Through The Doorway

Sounds take you on a journey.. our weekly wake up of soundscapes from around the world. This week Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as "Goldmund" a composer of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, His recordings tread sincerely along paths laden with dusty timbres, diffuse synthesizer, and soaring string textures. "On The Time it Takes", Goldmund’s newest book of aural polaroids, Kenniff manages to deepen the emotionality of his already affecting project, creating a space in which to unfold the sorrows of a troubling age and revel in the hope and beauty that follow thereafter.

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Electronica / Ambient
Sean Spindrift

Planet Bob's Chai Emporium

Spindrift's regular Sunday chill out session - smooth ambient and electronic sounds to soothe and groove your day.

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Techno / Electro
Wobbly Records

Seashoe pres Wobbly Sessions

Techno / Electro
Wobbly Records

Fat Mandy pres Wobbly Sessions

Deep rolling prog techno minimal acid breaks.

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Techno / Electro
Wobbly Records

Tom Llama pres Wobbly Sessions

Tom Llama - techno acid minimal 95bpm - 134 - 120.

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Electronic Psych
Lemon Tree

Freshly Squeezed

The mix of tracks is from Lemon Tree's last album 'Experiments Vol'. With a few tracks in the centre of the mix ranging from a track that was made for advertising, a work in progress and an ambient section that was a live recording that accompanied a really strange bit of performance art. There are many musical influences within the very disparate members of Lemon Tree, so the genre is a tricky one. File under Instrumental, downtempo, experimental, Phat bass.

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It's truly
a great hoot!

Enjoy fantastic theatre, music, puppet shows, workshops, comedy, art, stuff for kids and then some! There’s a full bar and lots of snacks available before, during and after the events.

More Boaty Bits

Take me to the river!

Moored on the banks of waterways at various locations throughout the UK, it’s like the circus coming to town.

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Whether the weather is brisk or balmy, the Widgeon offers great comfort.

All events held on The Widgeon are on the riverbank. This means both the boat itself and the bankside it's moored to can showcase events, allowing all sorts of comfortable configurations.

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"What a brilliant, unique venue, intimate, passionate and rocking. Well worth finding this 71ft long historic vessel and having a totally immersive time"
Sarah Lovett
"AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!! Atmospheric unique canal boat to enjoy theatre, music and all the amazing events"
Penelope Cooke
"Brilliant atmosphere, quirky events, lovely staff. you will have a fine and original outing to the Widgeon Theatre Boat" ☆☆☆☆☆
Frank Cutter
"A fantastic and unique space. Hope to attend more events there"
Kerstin Exner
"Great venue - cozy, intriguing, inspiring!"
Raven Kaliana
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