Dive in to a weekend of fun at Blisworth’s free canal festival

Blisworth Canal Festival.Colourful narrow boats.'100807M-B047
Blisworth Canal Festival.Colourful narrow boats.'100807M-B047

THERE’S just a week to go until Northants’ biggest canal event, the Blisworth Canal Festival.

GET ready to dive in at Northants’ biggest canal event, the Blisworth Canal Festival.

Blisworth Canal Festival.Dogs lazing about.'100807M-B080

Blisworth Canal Festival.Dogs lazing about.'100807M-B080

About 10,000 visitors attended last year’s canal festival, and the organisers are hoping for a similar turnout at this year’s event on August 6 and 7.

The family-friendly weekend prides itself on free entry, free parking and free mooring for all.

There will be 1,400ft of trade boats along the canal, including the fudge boat, cheese boat, book boat, eco-boat, Jade the face-painting boat, the Fat Rascal selling hand-made walking sticks and boats selling hand-made gifts, cards, art and ladies’ accessories.

Other attractions include a children’s fairground, a ‘have a go’ dog agility trial, boat trips on the St John Ambulance boat, restored working barges, an observational beehive, a mobile bellringing tower and refreshments.

Blisworth Canal Festival.Harbourmaster for The Blisworth Canal Partnership,Ian Clipstone gets a design from boating face painter Julie Clark.'100807M-B081

Blisworth Canal Festival.Harbourmaster for The Blisworth Canal Partnership,Ian Clipstone gets a design from boating face painter Julie Clark.'100807M-B081

Northampton Ramblers will be offering a different guided walk on each day of the festival.

There’s a chance to learn about Blisworth’s history, when Blisworth Heritage Society members lead an hour-long heritage walk around the village.

And for a walk with a difference, you can saunter along the towpath with Mark the Storyteller and listen to his adult tales of canal life with a comic twist.

Modern Blisworth Canal Festivals began in 2005 with the 200th anniversary of the opening of Blisworth Tunnel on the Grand Union Canal, which runs through the village.

Blisworth Canal Festival.1st Blisworth scouts cake stall.Scout leader Mike O'Connor serves local customers.'100807M-B054

Blisworth Canal Festival.1st Blisworth scouts cake stall.Scout leader Mike O'Connor serves local customers.'100807M-B054

Since then, the festival has grown into an annual event, headed up by the newly formed Blisworth Canal Partnership, with the help of a team of volunteers.

Last year’s festival was the biggest and most successful yet, raising thousand of pounds for local charities and groups.

For more information, visit www.blisworthcanalfestival.co.uk