Daily Archives: September 19, 2012

Canal news – Forthcoming Events – Sept 21-2-3 2012

River Sow at Shugborough, Staffordshire

Weighbridge pub beer festival

21 – 22 Sep 2012

09:00 am – 20:00 pm

Try a wide range of beers at the Weighbridge, a traditional pub by the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Call the pub on 0121 445 5111.


The Weighbridge

Scarfield Wharf



B48 7SQ

 Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Alvechurch, Worcestershire

The Alvechurch Boat Centre and marina are on the right (and behind) at Scarfield Wharf.

 The Worcester and Birmingham Canal was built in stages between 1791 and 1815 to connect the River Severn in Worcester to the Birmingham Canal System using a quicker route than the earlier Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

 Grain, timber and agricultural produce were carried to the Midlands. Industrial goods and coal were carried down towards Worcester, often for onward transport to Bristol. Later, salt carrying was added as a regular cargo. Pairs of donkeys were often used in preference to horses, maybe because they could easily be put onto the boats which had to be legged (or pulled by tug) through the four tunnels near Birmingham.  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Roses and Castles for Beginners

23 Sep 2012

10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Learn to paint the traditional roses associated with decorated canalware

Join our canal art expert and learn the basics of how to paint roses associated with the decorated canalware seen on our canals

10am – 4pm

£25 per person (includes starter materials and lunch)

Standedge Visitor Centre,

Waters Road,




Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, Huddersfield Narrow Canal  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.