Canal Events & Festivals 2015 - 2016

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25 Jul 2015
Linslade Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Linslade Canal Festival

Located in one of the town’s picturesque green spaces with easy access to the Grand Union Canal, this popular event is themed around the arts & craft industry showcasing traditional rural craft skills, handmade crafts and local arts & crafts as well as promoting life on the canal, heritage of the town, local conservation and rejuvenation of disused sand quarries. The ever popular rural crafters will be demonstrating traditional skills from love spoons, trugs, bee skeps and baskets offering visitors an insight into their history and how these specialist skills are being kept alive.


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25 Jul 2015
Alrewas Canal & Music Festival : Trent & Mersey Canal

The Alrewas Canal & Music Festival

In addition to Open Mic music featuring musicians from Staffordshire, we hope to feature traditional jazz and canal folk music – more on that as the programme develops. The bar in the main marquee will feature real ales from Burton Bridge Brewery at competitive prices.

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08 Aug - 09 Aug 2015
Blisworth Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Blisworth Canal Festival

Blisworth’s waterfront will be full of trade boats and stalls selling everything from cheese to boat oil with 2 trip boats operating both days. The Playboat ‘Funion Bargee’ will also be moored and providing free play sessions. *FREE MOORING *FREE PARKING *FREE ENTRY *FREE WALKS & TALKS

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15 Aug 2015
175th Anniversry of The Duplicate Locks : Oxford

Family Fun Day at Hillmorton

15th August 2015 9am to 11pm Family Fun Day at Hillmorton, Rugby, to mark 175th Anniversry of The Duplicate Locks opening and 225 years of the Oxford Canal. Historic Boats, steam power, canal skill displays, music through the decades, Real Ale, great food plus a whole range of canal activities that the public can join in on.


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Rochdale Canal Festival : Rochdale

Rochdale Canal Festival

Come and join a week of FREE fun packed activities and discover the Rochdale Canal. Activities include guided walks, bike rides, canoe and angling taster sessions, boat rides, wildlife workshops, art and photographic competitions, fun days and much more

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20 Aug - 23 Aug 2015
Green Man Festival : Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Green Man Festival

August 20th - 23rd 2015

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22 Aug - 23 Aug 2015
Gloucester & Herefordshire Canal Trust Festival : Hereford & Gloucester Canal

Gloucester & Herefordshire Canal Trust Festival

Following on from previous year's successes, the 2015 H&G Canal Festival - coupled with the Saturday evening Beer, Cider & Perry Festival - is expected to bigger and better than ever before.

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24 Aug - 30 Aug 2015
Kirkintilloch Canal Festival : Kirkintilloch, Forth & Clyde Canal

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

This year's Kirkintilloch Canal Festival will run from Monday 24th August to Sunday 30th August 2015 and we are delighted to offer the most diverse programme of events ever! Experience educational aspects that the canal can offer as well as the entertainment and excitement of Saturday night's firework display and Sunday's fun packed gala.

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29 Aug - 31 Aug 2015
Northampton Festival of Water : River Nene

Northampton Festival of Water

IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015. The event, will be centred around the waterfront at Becket’s Park and will have an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family! Up to 200 boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected in the marina and along the river front as well as a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, sailboats, windsurfers and ribs. There will also be opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and water taxis.

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29 Aug - 30 Aug 2015
Burnley Canal Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Burnley Canal Festival

Burnley Canal Festival. Join us in Burnley East Lancashire for a celebration of canal and town heritage. Free events, canoe taster sessions, best decorated boat competition, canal film festival, family fun and much more. All welcome. See you there!

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12 Sep - 13 Sep 2015
Stoke Bruerne Village at War Weekend : Grand Union

Village at War Weekend, Stoke Bruerne

A canal village goes back to the 1940s with Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past, living history groups, tanks and vintage military vehicles, fashion parade, food rationing, black market traders, live music, village hall tea dances, vintage boats, fire power demonstrations, air raid experiences, drumhead service with Royal British Legion and much more. Admission £6 (children under 16 Free)


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12 Sep - 13 Sep 2015
Black Country Boating Festival : Dudley No.2 Canal

Windmill End, Netherton, Dudley No.2 Canal

12th - 13th September 2015 Windmill End, Netherton, Dudley

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18 Sep - 19 Sep 2015
Wey River Festival : River Wey Navigation

River Wey Navigation, Dapdune Wharf

After last year’s success we will be holding our next Wey River festival again at Dapdune Wharf in the heart of Guildford. There will be plenty of moorings available on the towpath side of the river both up and down stream. Facilities will be available at Dapdune Wharf and the railway bridge offers easy access to moorings and is well lit at night. We will be offering a 20% discount on visitor licences for visiting boats coming to the festival. Stalls and activities will be available for all the family at the Wharf on Saturday, including demonstrations form the Surrey Wood Turners and ’have a go’ sessions with the Black Dragon Morris dancers and Guildford archery club, naming just a few. The Croydon Steel Orchestra will be leading the illuminated procession from Millmead lock to Dapdune on Saturday around dusk. A wonderful spectacle not to be missed. For further details and entry form please contact the navigations office on 01483 561389 or email riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk


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BCNS Bonfire Rally : BCN Old Main Line

BCNS Bonfire Rally 2015

Fireworks on the night of the 1st. Real ale bar, barbecue, bonfire and live music as well. Come by boat, (Engine Arm Junction on the BCN Old Main Line, just above Smethwick Locks), by train (two hundred yards from Smethwick Rolfe Street Station, or by car to Smethwick Enterprise Centre, Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR.

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