IWA National Festival 2013, Cassiobury Park

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Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped at the IWA Festival at Cassiobury Park. It was a good Festival and of course the weather was wonderful, but it was made even better by all the volunteers that gave up their time to help in so many different ways. We hope that you all had a good time and that you had safe journeys home. - Ann Myall

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IWA's 2013 National Festival was held at Cassiobury Park on the Grand Union Canal in Watford over the weekend of 19th to 21st July. 

Cassiobury Park is a very popular town centre park which slopes down to the Grand Union Canal.

There was family fun and entertainment beside the canal - 400 boats, craft and trade stands, funfair, kids activities, live music and real ale.

This three day festival is the annual celebration of the nation’s inland waterways and attracts up to 30,000 visitors. Steeped in over sixty years of history, it’s an exciting and colourful extravaganza packed with an array of attractions for all the family.

Craft Workshops: From painting to rope splicing, the festival had a vibrant mix of crafts to try including Guinness World Record holder, Ingrid Wagner’s big knitting workshop!  

Exhibitors: The festival attracted a great range of exhibitors ranging from boat specialists and chandlery to food and drink and arts and crafts including a Real Ale Bar offering over 40 real ales.

Children's Activities: Children were well catered for with Wild over Waterways (WOW) activities including trying bricklaying, operating mini-diggers and a chance to complete their own WOW Passport by taking part in traditional waterways activities.

Entertainments: There was a wide range of entertainments on site including a Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire Flypast on Saturday afternoon, song and dance throughout the Festival, a Victorian Fairground and lots of attractions for children and adults alike. See entertainment timetable.

Boaters & Campers: There  was space for several hundred visiting boats, and a large camp site.

The festival was supported by Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

This festival formed part of an IWA Summer Festival of London Waterways.

The Waterways Festival contact details

Festival Souvenir Programme

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