PRESS RELEASE: IWA's National Campaign Festival 2014 Programme Announced

Issue date: 23rd May 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is pleased to announce the programme for the National Campaign Festival being held in Chester. Over 125 traditional canal boats will gather in Tower Wharf  for the festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6th - 8th June.

The event, which is organised by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch will include an RAF Hawker Hurricane flypast, free angling taster sessions, pole dancing sessions, children's activities such as model boat making with Wild over Waterways, free boat trips, guided walks with food and refreshment stands and live music from rhythm & blues and brass bands. 
The aim of IWA's Chester campaign is to restore the use of the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, to allow safe passage for boats on to the upper reaches of the river Dee, and for a new lock in the Old Mill Race on the Handbridge side of the river. During 2012 - 2014, IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch worked in partnership with Chester Canal Heritage Trust, Canal & River Trust and Chester Renaissance to develop a waterway strategy to support the Chester One City Plan. This new Strategy, to be launched during the week of the Festival by Cheshire West and Chester Council, includes this “Vision”. The National Campaign Festival will highlight the benefits for Chester, such as an increase in tourism and waterside regeneration, that the Strategy will bring for the city.

Entrance is free for the public.

See the website for more details
Download the Festival programme


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IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
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Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.
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Photo: Chester Moorings by Gillian Bolt
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