PRESS RELEASE: IWA's 2015 National Trailboat Festival to be Held on the Lancaster Canal

Issue date: 9th June 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is pleased to announce its 2015 National Trailboat Festival which, will take place at the Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, Cumbria, on the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal over the weekend 30th - 31st May.

The festival, which is to be hosted and organised by Lancaster Canal Trust, will be part of the 'Country Fest' show (see the Country Fest website), an annual canal side event.

Activities for the whole family, as well as a variety of food and drink providers, exhibitors, food demonstrations, trade stalls, music and dance, crafts and a beer festival are planned to entertain visitors over the weekend.

IWA's annual Trailboat Festivals are usually held on isolated stretches of inland waterway, and aim to promote the restoration or development of local waterway, a feature on it, or to promote an under-used waterway.  

This year's IWA National Trailboat Festival was held on the land-locked Grand Western Canal at Tiverton, in Devon, over the Bank Holiday weekend 24th to 26th May. The festival celebrated the Grand Western Canal's 200th anniversary with a birthday party theme.

Forty trail boats attended and thousands of visitors enjoyed the boat parade entertainment, which included a hot air balloon, lanterns, samba band, disco and boat handling competition.  The event has been acclaimed a great success.  Although a wet Saturday necessitated an early closure that day, sunny weather on both the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday brought out the Devon crowds.

The event also provided an opportunity to celebrate completion of repairs to the breached embankment at Halberton, and for visitors to express their appreciation of Devon County Council’s investment in the waterway.



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See the Westmorland County Agricultural Society website for more event information about Country Fest 2014.

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Photo: Trail boats at the 2013 National Trailboat Festival
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