Chesterfield Canal Trust to Host 2016 IWA Trailboat Festival

Chesterfield Canal Trust to Host 2016 IWA Trailboat Festival

06 March 2015

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is to host the IWA National Trailboat Festival in 2016 at Staveley Town Basin on the Chesterfield Canal.

The programme for the Festival, which is planned for the 2016 Spring Bank Holiday, is already being developed and currently includes an illuminated parade of boats on the Saturday night and a convoy up to the River Rother at St Helena’s on the Monday. There are also plans for boat rides, canoeing, children’s rides, dozens of stalls and a Real Ale bar.

The Trust has run previous IWA Trailboat Festivals at Tapton Lock in 2002 and 2005, which were both successful, as was the IWA Campaign Rally held at Kiveton Park in 2009.

Robin Stonebridge Chair of the Trust said: “We are delighted that IWA has chosen to return to the Chesterfield for its 2016 Trailboat Festival. The boaters who came here in 2002 or 2005 will see a great change, both on the canal and in the surrounding area. Canals get restored by continuously making the case, by hard graft and by spreading the word and building support from across the country. Although we still have eight miles to restore, the Festival will be a good way to celebrate the Trust's efforts thus far and for visitors to have a really good time here in North East Derbyshire."

IWA national chairman Les Etheridge said: “Our 2016 Trailboat Festival will help to demonstrate the community benefits that flow from the revival of functioning waterways. As well as providing a great day out, we hope the festival will stimulate renewed support from the public and local interest groups for the Trust’s sterling restoration work.

The Chesterfield Canal in Derbyshire is currently cut off from the rest of the network as the section between Staveley and Kiveton Park has not yet been restored; the section is owned by Derbyshire County Council.

The Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire Council, said: “The newly developed Staveley Basin has made Chesterfield Canal an attractive area for boats and we’re delighted to be hosting the National Trailboat Festival in Derbyshire next year.

We’re committed to helping to improve Derbyshire’s economy and tourism has a massive role to play.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the boating community to Derbyshire to enjoy our beautiful county and all it has to offer.

Find out more about IWA’s 2015 Trailboat Festival, which is to be hosted and organised by Lancaster Canal Trust.

Find out more about IWA’s past Trailboat Festivals.

Photo: Illuminated boat parade, IWA National Trailboat Festival 2014, Grand Western Canal (photo by Robert Hodgson)

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