IWA 2013 National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle

postephotoIssue date: 20th June 2012

Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2013

The Kent & East Sussex Branch of the Inland Waterways Association is pleased to announce that it will be running the 2013 IWA National Trailboat Festival in association with the National Trust.

The Festival will held at Bodiam Castle, with a mooring site directly in front of the castle on the Eastern River Rother over the Spring Bank Holiday 2013.

The purpose of the festival is to promote the use of the River Rother. The river whilst navigable is currently little used between Bodiam and Rye. The river runs through idyllic countryside and offers trailboaters the opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of a beautiful river over a stretch of 12.5 miles. It is also hoped that the festival will additionally profile the work of IWA, The Thames and Medway Canal Association and the Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust.

Festival organisers Kent and East Sussex branch of IWA, hope that the festival will stimulate interest in the local inland waterways, amongst the large number of visitors to Bodiam Castle over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, and especially hope that it will capture the imagination of visiting children. The IWA branch also hope to use the festival as a campaign platform to promote membership of IWA.

Les Etheridge, Festival Chairman said: “The River Rother is a beautiful river navigation that is now sadly little used by boats. We hope that this festival will encourage visitors to make more use of the river and the prospect of seeing a large number of boats moored against the backdrop of the magnificent Bodiam Castle is a really exciting prospect for all involved.

For more information on:

The 2013 National Trailboat Festival – www.waterways.org.uk/bodiam2013
Bodiam Castle and the National Trust- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/
The Thames and Medway Canal Association - www.thamesmedway.co.uk/
The Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust - www.sxouse.org.uk/

Copies of the event poster and entry form

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