14th/15th June 2014
A fun packed programme of boats, canal crafts, food, drink, live music, theatre and children’s activities are expected to keep the whole family entertained at Stoke Bruerne’s Annual Festival. Centred on the Canal Museum and organised by the Friends of the Museum, the event will host a large number of craft demonstrators including ‘Roses and Castle’ painters, rag rug makers, quilters, lace and crochet makers, potters and wood carvers, rope splicers, knot and fender makers, and featuring Stoke Bruerne’s very own blacksmith who will be giving demonstrations at his canalside forge.
This year’s event forms part of a two year Heritage Project following an award of £67,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership who are working with the Canal & River Trust to ensure that the canal, village and surrounding countryside are well interpreted, maintained and conserved to provide a wonderful resource for leisure, recreation and learning for all. As well as interpretation panels and a series of activity programmes, funding is available to train volunteers in leading guided heritage walks which will feature in the programme over the weekend.
As to be expected at a water-based festival, working and historic boats will be there in abundance joined by a variety of trading boats, selling anything from cheese to mouth-watering fudge. For those who want to get afloat there will be a chance to take a boat trip on “Indian Chief” or “Charlie” into the famous 1 ¾ mile long 200 year old Blisworth Tunnel. And, don’t forget to watch out for our special water based spectacle. What will the theme be this year? You’ll have to come along to find out.
On land the festival will feature live music, theatre, dance, children’s activities, a real ale bar and a craft and produce market, not to mention a chance to learn more about our rich canal heritage by joining one of the guided walks. A wide variety of canal societies, local charities and activity clubs, such as the Northampton Model Boat Club, will be there to talk about their activities and one of Stoke Bruerne’s two local pubs, The Navigation, will be holding a beer festival to make sure festival goers don’t get too thirsty.
As usual the weekend kicks off early on Friday evening for those arriving by boat when popular Braunston based duo Ramshackle will be heading up a musical jam session with a fish & chip supper from 7.30pm onwards. Saturday evening, sees the return of the acclaimed Kevin O’Regan Band performing live on stage.
All-in-all we can expect an activity-packed weekend for families with plenty to interest everybody.
The event is free admission with parking in the village car parks charged at £5 per car. All surplus monies raised will go to the Friends of the Canal Museum charity towards their work supporting the Museum.
More information can be found at: www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk/sb-family-festival
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