Canal Events & Festivals 2014 - 2015

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Burnley Canal Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Burnley Canal Festival

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

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Moira Canal Festival : Ashby Canal

Moira Canal Festival - on the restored Ashby Canal

Boats, Mountain bike stunt team, Family entertainment, Bands, Historic re-enactment, Birds of prey, Morris Dancing, Children's entertainment, Stalls, Stands, Craft demonstrations, Live steam, Historic vehicles, Vintage engines, Boat trips, Bar, Refreshments. The festival is held every year at Moira. The impressive Moira Furnace forms the backdrop, and the site includes the restored Ashby Canal as part of the event.

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Bristol Harbour Festival : Bristol Harbourside, Kennet & Avon Canal

Bristol Harbour Festival

The Harbour Festival is one of the UK's largest public events and a chance for the city to showcase its rich musical and performance roots. Over 250,000 festival fans head down to the historic waterfront to party, dance and relax.

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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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31 Oct - 02 Nov 2014
BCNS Bonfire Rally : BCN Old Main Line

BCNS Bonfire Rally 2013

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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Skipton Waterway Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Skipton Waterway Festival

As in previous years there will be various sorts of entertainment through out each of the days to keep you entertained and a wide range of stalls to keep you busy. There will also be various activities for children and their families. Coach Street Car park, Canal basin and Promenade. BD23 1LH


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02 May - 04 May 2015
Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London : Regent's Canal

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London

Canalway Cavalcade is a major event organised by IWA each year since 1983. It takes place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, and combines a boat rally with a trade show and a wide range of activities and entertainments, and claims the title of London's premier waterway event.

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BCN Society Titford Pumphouse Rally : BCN Old Main Line

BCN Society Titford Pumphouse Rally

The Titford Pumphouse Rally will be held at the top of the Titford Locks at Tat Bank junction. Real Ale Bar, (beer from "Ma Pardoe's - aka the Old Swan at Netherton), with stalls, music and fun. Come by boat to Tat Bank Junction (the top of the Titford Locks on the Titford Arm from the BCN Main Line), by train (a few hundred yards from Langley Green station) or by road to Engine Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4NL.

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16 May - 17 May 2015
Rickmansworth Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Rickmansworth Canal Festival

The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year and celebrates canals, the community and the environment. The 22nd Festival, the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and the finale of Rickmansworth Week, will be held on the 16th and 17th May 2015. The top attraction for many is the wonderful array of canal boats from across the country - a terrific spectacle, with at least 100 craft of many types and histories moored along the towpath up to four deep. But there are things to do, see and enjoy whatever your interests, and whatever your age.

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Crick Boat Show : Grand Union Canal

Crick Boat Show, Crick

If you are interested in attending the Crick Boat Show as a trader please call Exhibition Sales Manager Ian Sharpe on 01283 742977 or email ian.sharpe@wwonline.co.uk. For any other queries, please speak to Rachael Maher on 01283 742962 or email r.maher@wwonline.co.uk

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Etruria Canals Festival : Stoke-on-Trent, Trent & Mersey Canal

Etruria Canals Festival

The Etruria Industrial Museum hosts a family-friendly summer festival. The colourful Etruria Canal Festival brings together narrowboats, canal boats and the Princess steam engine in a lively carnival atmosphere and everyone is welcome.

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30 May - 31 May 2015
IWA National Festival : Lancaster Canal

IWA's 2015 National Trailboat Festival

IWA's 2015 National Trailboat Festival will take place at the Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, Cumbria, on the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal over the weekend 30th - 31st May.

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Leicester Riverside Festival : River Soar

Leicester Riverside Festival

Castle Gardens, Western Boulevard & Mile Straight. One of Leicester’s biggest free festivals featuring activities on and off the water. Highlights on the river include colourful boats from across the region, canoe demonstrations, boat trips and the popular arts & craft street market plus a variety of tempting food stalls. On land the festival continues to build on its reputation for great live music by showcasing some of the best bands and artists on the main stage. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family including children’s activities, arts & crafts, music and a children’s funfair in Bede Park. Castle Gardens hosts inspiring eco activities with the opportunity to have-a-go and learn new skills as well as providing a relaxing space to enjoy a picnic. Once again there will be an environmental focus to the festival with the involvement of various groups, bringing together workshops and displays, helping to raise awareness of environmental issues.

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19 Jun - 21 Jun 2015
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival : Trent & Mersey Canal

Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

From 19th – 21st June 2015, the market town of Middlewich will be celebrating the special 25th Anniversary of the Folk & Boat Festival! As in previous years, we will be offering an inviting selection of Main stage and Fringe music in various venues around the town, backed up by the colourful array of Narrow Boats along the canal. We are also proud to continue our tradition of Morris Dancing displays, a Celidh night, stalls, workshops and celebration of the rich heritage of Middlewich.

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Folk on the Water : Warwickshire Canal

Folk on the Water

Folk on the Water - the RECIPE: take one medley of musicians and place into a large 8-berth boat. Add organic food, a glass of wine, assorted instruments and move gently along the Warwickshire canal.

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Foxton Locks Festival : Grand Union Canal

Foxton Locks Festival

This Festival is organised entirely by volunteers from Foxton Inclined Plane Trust (www.fipt.org.uk) who regularly give their time for free. By visiting our Festival you will be supporting them and most importantly helping them raise the £11m necessary to restore the historic Inclined Plane. There will be a real ale bar as well as a wide cross section of music from some of the best bands in the area.

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Chesterfield Canal Festival : Chesterfield Canal

We will be holding our Festival at Staveley Town Basin, S43 3XZ We will have all three of our trip boats and lots of entertainment, attractions and caterers. Further details will be put on this page over the coming months. Email festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk or ring 01246 477569 for further information or if you would like to have a stall or bring a boat.

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Braunston & Historic Narrowboat : Grand Union Canal

Braunston & Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival

This is the 13th of our hugely popular working narrowboats rally - the UK's largest! Well over 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades with commentary - stirring stuff! There is a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists, an open air Songs of Praise church service on Sunday, live music from bands & groups, Morris dancing, fast food, boat horse demonstrations, a theatrical presentation Admittance is free but if you bring your car there is a parking fee of £10.

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Leeds Waterfront Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Leeds Waterfront Festival

Leeds Waterfront Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever by the return of the Leeds Community Foundation Dragon Boat Spectacle! in addition to the new IWA Boat Gathering at Thwaite Mills Museum! The Leeds Waterfront Festival features live music, local bands, arts and dance, on the water fun, canal boats, boat trips and much more, all at the coolest waterfront venues in Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf, Clarence Dock and Thwaite Mills Watermill. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

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04 Jul - 05 Jul 2015
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival : River Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

Welcome to the 2015 Stratford River Festival. For a weekend in the summer, come and enjoy free family fun in Stratford-upon-Avon with music, narrow boats on the River Avon, craft and food stalls, family zone, charity stalls, illuminated boat parade and spectacular fireworks...

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Evesham Festival : River Avon

Evesham River Festival

Crown Meadow will see the return of the Evesham River Festiva. Last year’s event was a big success and we could not wait to begin preparations for this year’s festival. The 2013 programme of activities included flypasts by the Battle of Britain Dakota and the Royal Navy, an illuminated boat parade and a very special fireworks display. Previous festivals have included live music, morris dancing, boat demonstrations and boating competitions. The festival is famous for its fancy dress, both for people and the boats. With fairground rides and activities like bouncy castles, there are plenty of extra things for the children to do. Also can be found are a range of stalls which included a beer tent, various food outlets and crafts

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18 Jul - 19 Jul 2015
Blackburn Canal Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Blackburn Eanam Wharf area is to host the first Blackburn Canal Festival

Blackburn’s Third ever canal festival which boasts to be bigger and better, will be held at Eanam Wharf on Saturday and Sunday 18th - 19th July 2015. The family fun weekend celebrating the history of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the importance that Eanam Wharf played in the development of Blackburn will be packed with; tradition and modern dance, live and recorded music, drama performances, face painting, bouncy castle, stalls selling cakes sweets etc.

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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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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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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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Green Man Festival : Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Green Man Festival

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Kirkintilloch Canal Festival : Kirkintilloch, Forth & Clyde Canal

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

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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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Gloucester & Herefordshire Canal Trust Festival : Hereford & Gloucester Canal

Gloucester & Herefordshire Canal Trust Festival

Heritage Boat Processions, Fun on the water, Good Food, Crafts and Produce Stalls, Music and lots more

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