Canal News – Canal & River Trust 22-8-2012
Boat gathering and charity summer fair
24 – 27 Aug 2012
10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Head to the Boat gathering at Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal, with stalls and entertainment galore.
A busy day along the canal at Alvecote Marina. Photographed from Samuel Barlow the public house. © Copyright John Carver and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Attractions will include historic working boats from the Narrowboat Trust, live music, a beer festival, vintage motorcycles, tricycles and barbeques, with craft and fundraising stalls, facepainting and traders including Draco Crafts.
Entry is free, and there will be unlimited moorings along the canal, and hook up available within the marina for a small nightly charge (advance booking required).
Organised by the Samuel Barlow pub. Stallholder bookings and marina requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or 07966 135184.
Alrewas Arts Festival
25 Aug – 01 Sep 2012
10:00 am – 11:00 pm
If you’re planning a trip to the Midlands towards the end of August, meander down the Trent & MerseyCanal as far as the picturesque village of Alrewas, near Lichfield.
From August 25, to September 1, the village will be staging a week-long arts festival, kicking off with an arts and crafts street market on the opening Saturday followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the evening.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, will be Music Monday with a variety of bands and musicians playing at pubs and clubs throughout the village from noon until midnight. Art and photographic exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the week and it will be a good opportunity for canal boats, displaying and selling crafts, to moor up in the village.
Every day, morning, afternoon and evening, a whole range of art and craft workshops will be run at various venues around the village, ranging from roses and castles canal art and photography to water colours and wood turning. New this year is a graffiti art project involving local youngsters under one of the canal bridges, so watch out for it as you pass. All the classes are totally free and visitors are welcome, though numbers are limited.
There will also be a variety of entertainment on offer, including a folk breakfast, lunchtime concerts, drama, dance, comedy, storytelling, poetry performances and daily morning movies for youngsters. There will be big art events and some woolly surprises.
The festival will end with a twilight lantern parade, firework display and a grand finale open-air concert on the village playing field, featuring some great bands, ranging from jazz to hard rock.
Again there is no charge and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, wine and nibbles and enjoy. To find out more, and to view pictures and video clips from previous festivals, go to the festival website
Paralympic Flame Festival
26 Aug 2012
02:30 pm – 05:30 pm
Get up close to the Paralympic Flame at the NationalWaterwaysMuseum on Sunday August 26
Join us to see the Paralympic Flame up close when it visits the Museum.
The flame wil be arriving on Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust’s magnificent new boat Over The Rainbow – a state of the art accessible narrowboat – at 1.30.
You’ll be able to see the flame up close, find out about Paralympic events and even have your photo taken with it. Plus all the usual museum attractions and trails, before the flame leaves at 4.30.
The Cheese Boat moors up
26 – 27 Aug 2012
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
The Cheese Boat travels the country’s canals and rivers, selling delicious cheeses, pickles and chutneys.
Trent and MerseyCanal at Fradley Junction, Staffordshire
The Swan public house is in the row of buildings at the junction. The red narrowboat “Marquis” in the foreground has been rebuilt onto an 1898 hull. Originally steam powered, it was converted to diesel in 1925. It was shortened to 55 feet in the 1960s, presumably when it was converted to a leisure cruiser. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
It’ll be mooring up at Fradley Junction to tempt you with delicious cheeses, including Snowdonia Little Black Bomber extra mature chedder, Perl Las blue veined cheese, and Cennin Cenarth cheese with leeks & white wine.
Community bike ride along the GrandUnionCanal
26 Aug 2012
11:00 am – 12:45 pm
Join a Sky Ride local ride along the Chocolate Trail.
Covers the Grand Union Canal starting and finishing at Rowheath Pavillion, Bournville.
Sky Ride Local rides are fun, friendly and free community bike rides that help you get out and explore your local area. They’re led by a British Cycling trained ride leader who can provide support and give you a few tips, whatever your age or ability. To find a ride and book a place go to www.goskyride.com
Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union is a 137 mile (220km), 166 lock, 2 tunnel canal running between Brentford in London and Birmingham. It is the longest canal in Britain, and has 11 main arms and junctions. It takes over a week to navigate. © Copyright Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.