Sunday, 21 July 2013

Blackburn Canal Fest

Every town in England seems to have a canal festival and they often follow the same format: a village fete with boats added. I can't help feeling a little peeved when boaters are charged for mooring where it is normally free whilst visitors pay nothing to gawk at the boaters.

Blackburn's first effort at staging a canal festival  this weekend scores on both these points.

Located at the old canal wharf  near bridge 103, the two businesses on site are fully supporting the event.
The Wharf Pub and Calypso Restaurant roasted a pig.
Dapa Dance School demonstrated various forms of dancing with all age ranges.

In the evening the junior actors presented an open air production of Whistle Down the Wind.
The programme for Sunday looks interesting with a variety of musical and dancing contributions.


  1. Gecko we are now in our 4th year and would love to invite you back to see how we have grown over the years. 23rd - 24th July 2016 Please come and share in our free community event for everyone who enjoys the Leeds Liverpool Canal #ll200 #canalfest2016

  2. Grhaham
    We came by bus from Preston last year but we will try to make it by boat this year.
    Thank you for your message and we wish you another successful event


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