All aboard for a fun time on the canal

Blisworth Canal
Blisworth Canal

The hugely popular Blisworth Canal Festival takes place from 11am to 5pm next Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10.

More than 25,000 visitors attended last year’s canal festival weekend.

The annual event is organised by Blisworth Canal Partnership, a non-profit-making community organisation.

More than 20 charities attend for free and many organisations such as the Scouts and the WI are actively involved.

The event is planned and managed purely by volunteers and all the proceeds are put towards continuing local canalside projects.

Stroll past a long line of trade and workboats and soak up the atmosphere.

Take a boat trip to Gayton Junction and back, or to the famous Blisworth Tunnel entrance.

Visit the Wharf with its bar, food, live music and great stalls or cross the canal bridge to the large canalside Festival Field which will be jam-packed with things to see and do.

Or why not join the evening boat trip aboard Elizabeth of Glamis, setting off at 7pm from Candle Bridge, on Chapel Lane.

These include vintage caravans, tractors, children’s fairground, trampolines, companion dog show, Second World War re-enactors, a food arena and too many traders to mention.

Six other village venues close to the canal will also be crammed with traders and attractions, including pony rides, a rare breed farmyard, rural craft demonstrations, have-a-go bell tower, art gallery, traction engine and vintage vehicles,antiques, parrots, owls and a coffee house with delicious food.

On Sunday only, there will be an open gardens event.

Dig out your walking boots and join the Northampton Ramblers on one of their guided walks over the weekend.

The walks will start from the car park behind the village hall at 10am on both days.

Or find out some of the interesting history of Blisworth by joining a guided History Walk, setting off at 3pm on Saturday from the Royal Oak pub.

The Blisworth Canal Partnership has been recognised by the Canal and River Trust for its outstanding contribution to volunteering, with some of the team recently attending the trust’s second anniversary celebrations at the House of Lords.

As always, entry to the Blisworth Canal Festival is free and there is no charge for parking or mooring.

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