IWA Trailboat Festival 2014, Devon

The 2014 IWA National Trailboat Festival was held at the Grand Western Canal Country Park.

The festival took place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, 24th – 26th May in 2014.  There was a big public festival day held at the Mid-Devon Showground on Saturday 24th May, with a range of live music, performers and entertainments, all with a birthday party theme.  

There were also a number of smaller satellite events happening at locations along the Canal on the other two days, including an illuminated night time parade in Tiverton and a ‘Navvies Fair’ in Sampford Peverell, featuring lots of period costume!

The event formed the main celebration of the Canal’s bicentenary year. Construction work began in 1810 and was completed in 1814.

The event also provided an opportunity to celebrate completion of repairs to the breached embankment at Halberton, and will enable the message to be spread nationally that the Canal is once again fully operational.

The festival attracted over 40 colourful trailboats from around the UK.

The 2014 IWA National Trailboat Festival was organised and run by Devon County Council’s Grand Western Canal Ranger Service, under the direction of an organising committee which includes local Canal enthusiasts and councillors, on behalf of IWA. 

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