Eldonian Village Canal Festival Highlights

This Festival will be an amazing day out for all the family, with live performances, activities for children, free canoeing sessions, free boat trips, historic boats, craft and food stalls and the opportunity to meet Shreck the boat horse

Live Performances

Live music including folk, country and brass bands such as Bobcat Billy & his Moonshine Mission, Swingology, the Lyceum Brass Band, the Allerton Brass Band and the local schools mixed choir and dance group, as well as dance performances by local troupe Vogue Academy. There will also be a special appearance by Mike Byrne and the Sunrockers on Saturday afternoon. See the timetable page for performance times.

Bobcat Billy and his Moonshine Mission

FREE Canoeing Sessions

There’ll be the opportunity for children to get out on the water and test out their paddling skills with free canoeing sessions. 

Children's Activities

Children's fun activities including our Wild over Waterways trail and face painting.

Making the WOW duck hats

FREE Boat Trips

Enjoy a cruise along the restored canal and Stanley locks with free boat trips.

Photo: Looking down from the top lock of Stanley Dock Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Photo by Pennine Waterways.

Meet Shreck the Boat Horse

Shreck is a 10 year old Comtois x Breton French heavy draught horse and came to the UK from a farm in France when he was 18 months old, so he is an ideal boat horse being very strong but not too big to go under canal bridges.

Since arriving in England Shreck has been trained to tow narrowboats by his owner, Debbie Hughes, so he is the perfect horse to help us celebrate 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

During the Eldonian Village Canal Festival, Shreck will be dressed in his towing harness and he and Debbie will be happy to meet visitors and talk to them about life on the working boats and his life as a boat horse.

Historic craft to visit

Visitors will be able to see inside the boatman’s cabins and enjoy commentaries on the working lives of the old Leeds & Liverpool boatmen who contributed so much to the development of Liverpool as the world’s leading industrial city and port.

Craft & food stalls

Peruse the artisan craft stalls and sample the range of food and drink on offer.

Take a look at the food and drinkthat will be available at the event, or take a look at the craft and other stalls.

Event Details

Event Programme

For all you need to know about the festival - take a look at our souvenir programme and guide.

Opening times

Saturday 12 - 6 pm
Sunday 12 - 5 pm


Car parking available on the old Trinity School site, Eldon Place, L3 6HE

Book your place

Find out more about booking your boat or trade stall at the festival.


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