Flints Theatrical Chandlers New Catalogue Launch

14th June All day but refreshments from 18:00 We will be displaying a range of new products from our sister company "Flints Theatrical Chandlers" upstairs at Arthur Beale and will be handing out the freshly printed 2016 -2017 Flints Catalogues. There will be some drinks and nibbles too. Although this event is aimed at our theatre friends everyone who is intrigued is very welcome. We will be closing at about 21:00.
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An illustrated talk by Tom Cunliffe - "Hand, Reef and Steer - Good Times and Bad in Gaff Rig"

15th September 18:45 Tom launches the all new second edition of his best selling book! We are delighted to have Tom Cunliffe back to give us a brand new illustrated talk on the joys and evils of sailing gaff rigged boats. It is also the launch of his wonderful new edition of Hand Reef and Steer which is probably the best book written on traditional sailing. This will be an informative and, knowing Tom, entertaining evening. Please book early. Entrance £5.00 (refundable with any purchase over £15.00 - May we suggest a copy of the book!). Please email talks@arthurbeale.co.uk to reserve your...
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Upstairs at Arthur Beale for the Famous Breton Tops

Arthur Beale has been selling the classic Breton tops for many years. The history of these striped shirts is very interesting. The blue and white tops with 21 stripes were introduced following the Act of France on 27 th March 1858 as the standard uniform for Brittany Navy Seamen. They were known as matelot or marinière. Apparently the 21 stripes represented each of the Napoleon victories. The tops were made in the small Normandy village of Saint James which was established by William the...

​The Ashley Book of Knots – by Clifford W Ashley

It is back! It amazes me that it ever goes out of print but I think it has happened a few times. I reckon it is a cunning ploy to get people like us to put “It is back!” on our blogs. After all I don’t suppose “It is still here” is very newsworthy. I suppose everyone knows the book, but just in case someone has actually managed to get through life without stumbling across the epic then - This is the Bible of Knots. First published in 1944 and reprinted many times. This new edition has been...
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Ha'Penny Breeze

This film was highly recommended by Marc who has sneakily ended up being unable to attend the showing. Sadly, if you don't like the film, you'll have no one to throw your tomatoes at in the traditional manner. Don't worry though, I have watched it just in case there were any really dodgy bits and I actually enjoyed it. There are a few cheesy scenes but you soon relax into the story. Pin Mill looks just the same and there are some excellent sailing shots. The maintenance work on the old boat isn't too convicing but that adds to the charm. Why not come along on Thursday? We will start the film...
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Beale Park Boat Show

3rd - 5th June 2016 W​e will be there! A great familly weekend away. BEALE PARK BOAT & OUTDOOR SHOW 2016 JUNE 3, JUNE 4 & JUNE 5 10AM - 6PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 10AM - 5PM SUNDAY BEALE PARK, LOWER BASILDON, READING, BERKSHIRE RG8 9NW “BRITAIN’S MOST RELAXED BOAT SHOW…” Classic Boat magazine THINKING OF TRYING OR BUYING A BOAT? THEN LOOK NO FURTHER… CLASSIC BOATS · MODERN BOATS · WOODEN BOATS · FIBRE GLASS BOATS · RIVER BOATS · SEA BOATS · NEW BOATS · USED BOATS · PROFESSIONAL BOATS · AMATEUR BOATS · COME AND TRY A BOAT AND, OF COURSE, ARTHUR BEALE THE YACHT CHANDLER! See, try &...
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