Etruria Canals Festival
The Trent & Mersey Canal in Etruria Stoke on Trent © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Etruria Junction off Etruria Vale Road Stoke on Trent Staffs. ST1 7RB
01 – 02 Jun 2013
Join the celebrations at the Etruria Canals Festival in the heart of the Potteries.
The Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals will be alight with entertainment at the beginning of June with the annual Etruria Canals Festival.
This year sees Stoke on Trent’s canals overflowing with historic boats, crafts, demonstrations and family fun. For many the highlight of the festival will be the boat parade along the Trent & Mersey Canal.
The Trent & Mersey Canal and the Caldon Canal run through Stoke-on-Trent. The canals were a key part of the town’s industrial heritage, and they are still at the heart of the community today.
The canal towpaths are popular walking and cycling routes, linking several of the town’s green spaces, including Hanley Park, Forest Park, Festival Park and Westport Lake. Hanley Park is an elegant Victorian Park with a lake, fountains and sports facilities. Westport Lake is a nature reserve, and a great place to spot all kinds of water birds.
Stoke-on-Trent was once the centre of the potteries industry, with manufacturers including the famous Josiah Wedgwood producing delicate and beautiful ceramics. The canals were built to serve the potteries, and there is still plenty of evidence of this history in the Etruria district. The Etruria Industrial Museum is a steam-powered Etruscan bone and flint mill, built in 1857 to grind materials for the agricultural and pottery industries. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery explores the history of this fascinating industry.
Here, approaching bridge 14, the narrow and winding Caldon Canal heads out through Stoke’s eastern suburbs. Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Stephen McKay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.