Canal News – For the Weekend of October 20th & 21st

Canal News

Stourbridge Navigation Trust open weekend

Stourbridge canal, pound between locks 14 and 13

Short, but fairly wide. The bollards are for boats using lock 14.  © Copyright Christine Johnstone and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU

 20 – 21 Oct 2012

10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Come and enjoy the Stourbridge Navigation Trust’s 29th annual open weekend.

As well as around a hundred visiting boats, the open weekend features a craft fair, amusements, boat trips, classic cars, demonstrations and canal boat trips.

Free admission for all.

Canalware art course

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

Gloucester Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks


 20 – 21 Oct 2012

10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Try your hand at the traditional art of roses and castles painting at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canalware artist Tony Watkins is leading a two-day course for people keen to master the art of roses and castles painting. Rose and castles is the traditional folk art of painting canal boats and canalware, which adds colour and creativity to our waterways. There have been plenty of suggestions and speculation about where the narrowboat art comes from, but no real evidence.

The all day sessions, which run from 10am – 4pm, includes all materials and costs £40 a day or £70 for the whole weekend. To book telephone 01452 318200.    The Barge Arm, Gloucester Docks

The “Barge Arm” was an early development for use of canal barges and narrowboats to keep them out of way of big ships using the main basin.

 The building behind, and to the left, is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


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