Canal News – Waterways Beer Festival – Real Ale

I know that it’s ‘Canal news’ posts two days running but i couldn’t miss this one!!

Waterways Beer Festival

12 – 14 Oct 2012

Fans of real ale will be welcomed to the National Waterways Museum in October when it hosts a three day beer festival.

The festival, organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, will run from Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14 and will showcase a range of real ales with canal and waterways connections from across the country.

Our first beer festival last year was a great event and we’re looking forwards to repeating it. We’re busy putting together a list of great ale from the canal network, using brewers from canalside locations and classic canal towns.

Roses and Castles

The cabin of a narrowboat at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. It shows the traditional paintwork feature (Roses and Castles) of canal narrow boats. Nobody knows the origins of the tradition but such motifs were used to decorate almost everything on the narrowboats.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  The Museum has good public transport links, being only a few minutes signposted walk from the railway station and for groups who have organised a designated driver the museum is just off junction 9 of the M53. Moorings for the weekend are available.

Tickets are now on sale at the Museum at just £10 – which gets visitors to the festival entry to the museum, a programme and enough tokens for four pints of real ale.

The festival will be open on Friday 12 from 2pm to 11pm, Saturday 13 from 2pm to 11pm and on Sunday 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

And an added bonus on Sunday 14 October will be the homecoming ceremony of the narrowboat Ilkeston which has been on display at the London Canal Museum since August. She has been showcasing the skills and work of the museum’s Heritage Boatyard.

The Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port

As well as the collection of full-sized preserved canal boats, there were many, detailed working models being demonstrated by enthusiasts on the island between the two sets of Grade II listed locks at the National Waterways Museum.

The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

The National Waterways Museum is based in the historic canal docks at Ellesmere Port at the northern extremity of the Shropshire Union Canal where it enters the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port.

 The museum site consists of the former canal port which initially linked the Shropshire Union Canal with the River Mersey (before the Ship Canal was built). The canal port consisted of a system of locks, docks and warehouses, together with a pump and engine room all of which have been preserved and used within the museum. The port was designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop and continued to function as a working canal port until the 1950s after which it gradually became derelict until it was taken over as “the North West Museum of Inland Navigation”, later “The Boat Museum” in the 1970s. In the 1990s The Waterways Trust took on the management of the National Waterways Museum. Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund helped create new displays and improve visitor facilities.  The museum contains the largest collection of canal boats in the world.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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