Canal News – 8-9-10 August 2014
Crick Boat Show, courtesy of Kevin Marriott
Old Grand Union Canal Bicentennial Celebrations
09 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
West Haddon Rd
Crick History Society and The Moorings are celebrating the bicentenary of the official opening (9th August 1814) of the Old Grand Union canal from Foxton to Norton Junction, near Long Buckby wharf.
The Crick festivities will focus on the Wharf and the Tunnel. Most activities take place canal-side in and around the marquee on The Moorings car park.
Entry is free as is car parking, which will be in the field on the opposite side of the A428 by the entrance to Crick Marina.
Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal
Celebrate 200 years at Foxton Locks
08 – 10 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This weekend the famous Foxton Lock Flight in Leicestershire, one of the most iconic and best-known set of canal locks in the country, is celebrating its 200th birthday.
Join us for three days of celebrations to mark this bicentenary.
The first 200 visitors on Friday will be treated to free ice-creams from the Top Lock Café, while on Saturday and Sunday people will be able to enjoy stalls selling local goodies, a local folk band playing traditional canal music and, on Sunday, a parade of historic boats which will have made the day-long journey from Crick in Northamptonshire.
Cropredy, Oxford Canal
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2014
07 – 09 Aug 2014
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A popular and long-running music festival in the canal town of Cropredy.
Billed as Britain’s friendliest music festival, the Cropredy Convention will be hosting the following artists:
Thursday: The Waterboys, Steve Hackett – Genesis extended, CaperCaillie, Joe Broughtons – Conservatoire folk ensemble, Fairport acoustic set
Friday: The Australian pink Floyd show, Chas & Dave, The Wonder Stuff, The Travelling Band, The Churchfitters, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Edwina Hayes, Deborah Rose, BBC R2 Young Folk Award Winner TBA.
Saturday: Fairport Convention & Guests, Al Stewart, Marillion, Cara Dillon, Tree Top Flyers, Reg Meuross, Black Beards Tea Party, Richard Digance
To order tickets visit http://www.fairportconvention.com/ or telephone: 0900 6371644.
Blisworth Canal Festival
Blisworth Canal Festival
09 – 10 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come along the the Blisworth Canal Festival 2014 for a weekend of music, boats, great food and fun-filled activities.
More than 25,000 visitors had a ball at Blisworth Canal Festival 2013 and this year’s extravanza looks set to be just as successful.
As well as live music, visiting boats, stalls and children’s activities, the Festival Field will also host vintage vehicles, a dog show, World War II re-enactments and much more.
There will also be pony rides, a rare breed farmyard, rural craft demonstrations, a have-a-go bell tower, Art Gallery, traction engine, Open Gardens (Sunday only), antiques, parrots, owls, coffee house with scrummy food – the list just goes on!!
The festival is organised by Blisworth Canal Partnership. This is a non-profit making organisation. All of the proceeds from the festival go directly into projects to enhance the local canal environment.
For more information please visit the website.
A horse harnessing demonstration at the museum’s annual Horses at Work event
‘Horses at Work’ at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
10 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW
The early days of canals will be celebrated at the National Waterways Museum with the Horses At Work event.
Heavy horses will be visiting the museum to give a spectacular demonstration of horse-drawn canal boating – as well as old style horse and carts clip-clopping around the extensive museum grounds.