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Canal Events Calendar 2016

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alan_fincher    1,824

Each year I try and summarise some of the main canal events coming up during the year, particularly those designed for or which attract historic ex working boats.

This is often a bit "approximate" in the early stages, where some dates are either not yet publicised, or where people have made a best guess based on previous year events, but not necessarily come up with the correct date.

Unless I specify below that something is a guess, I think I have checked all the dates involved against at least one source that quotes them.

Fri 25th - Mon 28th March - Easter at Ellesmere Port

Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May - BCLM Tug Gathering
Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May - Canalway Cavalcade, London

Fri 13th - Sun 15th May - Titford Pumphouse Rally

Sat 21st - Sun 22nd May - Rickmansworth Festival

Sat 28th - Sun 29th May - BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge
Sat 28th - Mon 30th May - Crick Boat Show

Sat 4th - Sun 5th June - Etruria Historic Boats Gathering

Sat 4th - Sun 5th June - Ashby Canal Association

Fri 17th - Sun 19 th June - Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

Sat 18th - Sun 19 th June - Stoke Bruerne Family Festival

Sat 18th - Sun 19 th June - Foxton Locks Festival


Sat 25 th - Sun 26 th June - Braunston Historic Boats

Sat 30th July - Linslade Canal Festival
Sat 30th - Sun 31st July - Audlem Festival of Transport

 

Sat 6th - Sun 7th August - HNBC 50th Anniversary & Campaigning Rally - Basingstoke

Sat 13th - Sun 14th August - Blisworth Canal Festival

[GUESS] Sat 27th - Mon 29th August - Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering

Sat 27th - Mon 29th August - IWA Festival Of Water - Pelsall

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th September - Shackerstone Festival

Sat 10th Sun 11th September - Stoke Bruerne Village at War

Sat 17th to Sun 18th September - Tipton Canal Festival

Sat 24th to Sun 25th September - Parkhead Canal Festival

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Ray T Contributor    398

Friday 18th - 19th March Steam Boat Association Swan Lane Wharf, Coventry, CV2 4QN. Dates need confirmation.

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Grebe    33

IWA National Trailboat Festival. Staveley Basin, Chesterfield Canal 28th and 29th May 2016.Including opening of Staveley Town Lock.

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Athy Donate to Canal World    900

Thanks to Alan for his toil in compiling this list each year.

 

To elaborate a little, the Ashby Canal event on 4th and 5th of June is to commemorate the golden anniversary of the body's foundation in 1966. It will take place at what they call Snarestone Wharf; I am not sure if that's the same place as the former commercial loading staithe "Gopsall Wharf" or not.

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colinwilks    13

Gopsall Wharf is just before bridge 58, a couple of miles south of Snarestone tunnel. Snarestone Wharf is where the services and ACA sales hut are, just past the full length winding hole before the pedestrian swing bridge.

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Athy Donate to Canal World    900

Thank you, Colin - I know where you mean, some way past the tunnel. That could be a bit of a bottleneck that weekend!

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colinwilks    13

I've just checked. Gopsall Wharf is actually only a mile south of the tunnel. If you're planning on going, the new winding hole is now in water at the new head of navigation, but is only good for 50' boats. There's quite a bit of room to moor up on the "new" water, as long as you don't mind demonstrating your reversing technique. You'll need to book space with the ACA for the festival weekend though. It was good fun last year, but be prepared to buy more bric a brac than you really need!

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alan_fincher    1,824

The CWDF calendar was well updated last year and very useful. Can we continue?

 

Unless it has changed, I think only a moderator can do what is required.

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Thanks for this Alan, and for your help earlier,

 

we are booked in to attend Ellesmere Port at Easter, and the Braunston rally in June, with the business, not with Tawny.

We're also looking at what others to go to.

 

We will of course also be taking part in the BCN challenge, and that's definitely with Tawny, play not work that weekend.

 

Sue

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Opener    13

27th-28th August 2016 - Burnley Canal Festival (not really 'historic' - mainly modern boats but a bit of dressing up and Kennet)

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Pete & Helen    17

Friday 18th - 19th March Steam Boat Association Swan Lane Wharf, Coventry, CV2 4QN. Dates need confirmation.

 

Think you will find that this one is 18th June

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alan_fincher    1,824

Friday 18th - 19th March Steam Boat Association Swan Lane Wharf, Coventry, CV2 4QN. Dates need confirmation.

 

 

 

Think you will find that this one is 18th June

 

This ably demonstrates the hazards of trying to produce such a list!

 

Keep them coming, though.

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Dave_P Donate to Canal World    353

 

Unless it has changed, I think only a moderator can do what is required.

What do you mean? I've put things on the calendar before. I don't think I'm a moderator.

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alan_fincher    1,824

What do you mean? I've put things on the calendar before. I don't think I'm a moderator.

 

Then it has changed - as a minimum it used to be that everything required moderator approval.

 

Also, can you easily amend, or delete, when somebody tells you it is wrong?

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junior    442

Thanks for doing that Alan, it was only a couple of days ago I was thinking that you hadn't done it yet this year!

 

I think there's a few things going on up the Leeds & Liverpool this year for the 200th, also a few things happening in Liverpool I think at some point.

Thanks for this Alan, and for your help earlier,

 

we are booked in to attend Ellesmere Port at Easter, and the Braunston rally in June, with the business, not with Tawny.

 

Looking forward to seeing you both at the Port. Are you bringing Tawny up for accommodation?

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alan_fincher    1,824

 

Unless it has changed, I think only a moderator can do what is required.

 

 

What do you mean? I've put things on the calendar before. I don't think I'm a moderator.

 

 

 

Then it has changed - as a minimum it used to be that everything required moderator approval.

 

Also, can you easily amend, or delete, when somebody tells you it is wrong?

 

OK it seems that we can now freely add events ourselves - this certainly wasn't once the case.

 

I will try and find time to add those from my original list, but can I please make the plae tha those who have suggested further ones add their own.

Another plea - if a date is "not confirmed" or is a "best guess", please make this very clear when posting it.

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Dave_P Donate to Canal World    353

 

 

 

 

 

OK it seems that we can now freely add events ourselves - this certainly wasn't once the case.

 

I will try and find time to add those from my original list, but can I please make the plae tha those who have suggested further ones add their own.

Another plea - if a date is "not confirmed" or is a "best guess", please make this very clear when posting it.

It worked really well last year and easily took the crown as most comprehensive events list to be found online.

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john6767    89

2nd - 3rd July - Stratford River Festival

 

We did it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, so we are planning to do it again this year.

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Thanks for doing that Alan, it was only a couple of days ago I was thinking that you hadn't done it yet this year!

 

I think there's a few things going on up the Leeds & Liverpool this year for the 200th, also a few things happening in Liverpool I think at some point.

 

Looking forward to seeing you both at the Port. Are you bringing Tawny up for accommodation?

Probably not, it's just going to take too long to get her there weekends only. I think we'll need a hotel room.

 

Sue.

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