Visit an engineering marvel at canal celebrations

Scenes from last year's Cosgrove Canal Festival
Scenes from last year's Cosgrove Canal Festival
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HELP support Buckingham Canal Society’s restoration work and enjoy a fun day out for the family at the annual Cosgrove Canal Festival in this weekend.

From 10am to 6pm on Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, there will be a colourful gathering of narrowboats along the Grand Union Canal near Cosgrove Lock.

Scenes from last year's Cosgrove Canal Festival

Scenes from last year's Cosgrove Canal Festival

These will include historic boats Raymond and Nutfield, which will be open to view, along with the cheese boat, the fudge boat, the cookie boat and other trading boats.

On dry land, there will be craft and other stalls, games for all the family and the celebrated home-made cake stall.

There will be performances by the Pump House Clog Morris Dancers tomorrow and from Buckingham’s U3A handbell ringers on Sunday.

Volunteers from the Buckingham Canal Society will assist passing boaters through Cosgrove Lock, in exchange for a ‘ransom’.

And there is an additional attraction on Sunday, with a number of events taking place at the Iron Trunk Summer Celebration.

These will include guided walks around the Iron Trunk – a magnificent Georgian aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse, just a short walk along the canal from Cosgrove.

Built in 1811 by canal engineer Benjamin Beavan, the 10.8m-high structure has been newly refurbished and restored to its original colours to mark its bicentenary last year.

At noon on Sunday the Lord Lieutenant of Bucks will formally cut the ribbon to open the newly repainted aqueduct.

Other atractions on Sunday will include horse-harnessing, the Wolverton Town Band. a barrel organ, free boat trips and MK Play Association’s Funion Bargee.

Free parking for the Cosgrove Canal Festival is available at the Lock Lane car park near the Cosgrove Lodge Hotel.

Entry is free but canal society members will be rattling buckets and hoping for generous donations to raise funds for the restoration of the Buckingham arm of the Grand Union Canal, which was closed down in the 1960s.

The canal society’s vision is to reopen the canal between Cosgrove and Buckingham re-opened, bringing new recreational and business opportunities to area. Earlier this year it obtained planning permission to re-water a 400m stretch of derelict canal at Bourton Meadow, Buckingham.

For more information, visit www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk