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Chesterfield Canal Festival Needs More Boats

15 Mar 2013 16:40 | Deleted user

The Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held at Staveley Town Basin on 29th and 30th June.

Lots of attractions have been lined up. There will be Music and Dance all day both in the huge Entertainment Marquee and outside. The Raptor Foundation will be doing flying displays and there will be a Fun Dog Show. Children can have a trip on a miniature train plus lots of other rides. You can expect dozens of stalls of every type, food and drink and a Real Ale bar. There will be a major concert featuring the Swing Commanders on the Saturday night.

The Festival is combining with Open Days at Barrow Hill Roundhouse where you can have a ride behind a steam train and see the only surviving working turntable in the country. The two sites are only a mile apart and will be linked by a free vintage bus service.

However, more boats are needed at the Festival. There will be lots of canoes and the Wheelyboat Trust. The problem is that the basin is on the isolated Derbyshire stretch of the Chesterfield Canal. There is a superb slipway, so it is easy for trailboats. A few have booked, but there will be space for lots more.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust will have all three of its tripboats in operation. Two of these boats will be brought by truck from the Nottinghamshire end of the canal and lowered in by crane. Enterprising narrowboat owners are welcome to use this crane to put their own boat on the canal and cruise a waterway which would otherwise be inaccessible. Don’t worry, the crane will be back to get them out again!

For further information, ring 01246 477569 or email festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk .

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