PRESS RELEASE: St Neots Announced as Location for 2018 IWA Festival of Water

Issue date: 2nd August 2017

The Inland Waterways Association today announces St Neots as its chosen venue for the 2018 IWA Festival of Water, held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  The River Great Ouse location has been selected to further support IWA’s campaign to see better funded waterways throughout Environment Agency’s Anglian region and to encourage boats to cruise the under visited Middle Level.   The festival is being supported by both St Neots Town Council and Huntingdonshire District Council who are very enthusiastic about the event visiting their local waterway. 

The IWA Festival of Water brings a free family day out offering attractions both on and off the water. Many boats attend, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, and a wide range of craft stalls, music, entertainment and activities for children ensure fun is had by all.  There will also be a market and fundraising stalls and IWA would like to hear from boaters, charities and local groups who are interested in having a stall and fundraising for their chosen cause.

IWA Events Team Chairman Jane Elwell said "We are so pleased with the encouraging comments made by both local councils who are really looking forward to IWA’s Festival of Water coming to town.  There will be several exciting boating events on the Anglian Waterways in 2018 and we are sure IWA members and supporters will have a wonderful time getting to know the waterways better as they cruise their way to St Neots.” 

Councillor Richard West, Chairman Huntingdonshire District Council, says: “This is fantastic news for St Neots.  What a great celebration the IWA Festival of Water will be for our beautiful river and we look forward to the festivities that will attract thousands of people to this unique event.”

Councillor Charles Bober, Deputy Mayor St Neots added, “Regatta Playing Fields is at the heart of the town and the site of many successful river-based events.  It is the perfect location for a waterside festival and we have some fantastic ideas that we are working on with The Inland Waterways Association to make this event one to remember.”

ENDS


Further information
More information about this annual event is available at www.waterways.org.uk/festivalofwater

Photographs
Photos available on request. 

Press Contact
For further information please contact Alicen Stenner, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alicen.stenner@waterways.org.uk or phoning 01494 783453.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.  
www.waterways.org.uk

Photographs

Photos available on request. 

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