International Boatbuilding Training College
International Boatbuilding Training College, 6 Sea Lake Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3LQ
IBTC Lowestoft will be throwing open it's boatshed doors for you to view 20+ wooden boats on site, including the Medieval 'Chet Boat' reconstruction which forms part of the Water, Mills and Marshes project and access to our joinery workshop.
Situated in the coastal town of Lowestoft, perched on the edge of The Broads the IBTC is ideally placed to promote the craft of boatbuilding. With a history of a thriving fishing industry and port spanning many centuries, the town has a rich maritime past.
The college sits on the northern shore of Lake Lothing, the tidal reach of the River Waveney, depicted in Ted Frost’s book “From Tree To Sea”, which chronicles the building of a wooden steam fishing boat.
IBTC offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for both those looking for a career in the industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing interests and skills or develop new ones.
Come and take a look at over 20 wooden boats on site both new builds and restorations. From 9 feet to 45 feet.
We believe that learning should begin by working with a variety of tools on real projects from day one. We focus on individual needs, building confidence and skills, working towards your desired goal. There will be demonstrations of various boatbuilding techniques and some for you to try your hand at.
With students of all ages (ranging from teens to those well into retirement) and from all backgrounds, this eclectic mix helps to create a vibrant atmosphere, where individuals can share their skills, experiences and dreams.
Saturday 15 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 16 September: 1000-1600
No booking required
Whilst health and safety is a high priority at IBTC we are a working boatyard and therefore recommend you wear shoes such as traineers rather than flipflops! Small children are very welcome but we request that they be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
No formal tours but allow an hour to view the college. If you would like to arrange a guided tour please email [email protected] Contact for the day: Lyn Tupper 01502 569663
By Boat The Lowestoft Ferry will be operating between Lowestoft Hertiage Pontoon and Oulton Broad throughout the open days. http://lowestoftferry.co.uk/ By Road The College is on Sea Lake Road which is an un-adopted road off Harbour Road (which may help if you are using satnav or similar). We are sign posted from the main road which is Bridge Road. Parking is available at the college. By Train There are two stations in Oulton Broad; both of which are just a short walk from the college. Oulton Broad North is on the Norwich Lowestoft line which is the nearest to IBTC Oulton Broad South is on the Ipswich Lowestoft line and a 10 minute walk away. Lowestoft is the last stop on each line after Oulton Broad.
Date last modified: 31st July 2018 at 18:05