Spend a day on the canal at the Stoke Bruerne Gala event

MNCE - Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, Chapel Lane, Stoke Bruerne. Gala weekend lots of boat related activities. 'Alan Fincher on his boat The Sickle.
MNCE - Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, Chapel Lane, Stoke Bruerne. Gala weekend lots of boat related activities. 'Alan Fincher on his boat The Sickle.
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THERE’S plenty to keep the family entertained at the upcoming Stoke Bruerne Annual Gala, from today, Friday, until Sunday.

The Canal Museum will be host to a large number of canal craft demonstrators including Roses and Castles painting, rag rug making, quilting, crochet lace and crochet, pottery, wood turning, rope splicing, decorative ropework and blacksmithing. Working or historic boats will be there in abundance with trade boats and stalls, theatre, dance, children’s activities, guided heritage walks (11am), film shows and of course, a chance to take a boat trip on Indian Chief or Charlie into, or all the way through the famous 1.75 mile long Blisworth Tunnel.

Stoke Bruerne’s new blacksmith Bob Nightingale will be giving regular demonstrations in his forge at the tunnel entrance and on Sunday, the Rose of the Shires Run, involving Sunbeam vintage pre 1931 motorcycles, will be pausing at the museum car park from 8am to 9am and 2pm.

Kate Saffin will be bringing two of her one woman theatre shows, from 2pm and children’s theatre workshops at noon.

The Caverners, 60s duo and tribute band will be performing on Saturday night and the popular Braunston based duo Ramshackle will be entertaining all weekend.

Back by popular demand, the Pirates will be ‘plundering and fightin’’ for booty and there will be a children’s competition on both days to find the best dressed pirate.

The weekend kicks off early with a get-together with a musical jam session and bar tonight, Friday. The Gala proper begins tomorrow and lasts all weekend.

Admission to the event is free. Car parking in the village car parks will be £3

More information and can be found at www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk/gala-2012.