Kirklees Model Boat Club

Welcome to Kirklees Model Boat Club, The club was first registered in the magazine, Model Boats in February 1978 as having twenty members.  In the years that followed the activities were refined down to model boat building and sailing, the club name changed along with adopting the Swan logo. Please visit our History page for more in-depth sight into our club.


Kirklees Model Boat Club promotes the hobby of model building and sailing, we meet as a club every Sunday Morning and Wednesday afternoons on the Park Lake, Wilton Park, Bradford Road, Birstall, Batley. West Yorkshire. The area is a public park, whereby members of the public can also sail anytime they wish.

We meet about 09.30am in the morning on Sundays and about 1pm on Wednesdays. You will see us there all year round come rain or shine. Members have been known to 'break the ice' during winter in order to sail. Always a warm drink available every Sunday Morning. We also have a Lock up container which houses all the club equipment and rescue boats.

Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join, there are no restrictions and no limits on membership, we are a friendly club who will assist anyone with their model building. Come down to the lakeside or use the link below to contact Mr Phill Bowker for further information regarding membership.

Regarding enquiries about club activities, events and visits to other club and displays please contact our Public Relations Officer Stan Reffin or telephone 0113 267 5790

To find us, from the M62 Junction 27, follow the signs for A62 Huddersfield, to the junction with Bradford Road, about 1 mile, turn left at the traffic lights following the sign for Dewsbury, approximately 1 mile from the traffic lights, on the left is Wilton Park. Any further information/directions please contact:

Visit the 'History' section, for an insight into our club history and our sailing water at Wilton Park.

We have a new category called 'Information', this will include details of membership, club events, information on many aspects of model building and radio control.

Another new page will be 'Features', this will be made up of interesting stories, a short story about 'R.M.S Titanic' and the building of 'M.S. Britannia' a Rhine Cruise Boat.

The Gallery will have plenty of photos of our models , it is hoped to include a page for all the modellers who surf the net, so they can submit a photograph of their boat as an e-mail attachment to yours truly for inclusion in the 'Gallery.' Please use the link below to send your photo.

Despite having a large membership, we are mainly scale modellers, therefore request for more 'speed boats' is not realistic, we have the odd few fast electric and club 500.

The Club Rules forbid the use of 'Internal Combustion Engines' on the Lake.
This is also enforced By Kirklees Metropolitan Council