Langley Mill - Canal Festival
w/e 04 June 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Canal Festival

The Great Northern Canal Festival at Langley Mill was held over the Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 26th May until Monday the 29th. Here's a taster of the event with just a few images from Bank Holiday Monday.

Erewash Canal

The Festival was held at the junction of the Erewash, Cromford and Nottingham Canals but all of the visiting boats would have arrived via the Erewash, the only one that is navigable to other water routes. So many boaters arrived that some had to be moored on the Erewash Canal just short of the Festival site.
Great Northern Basin

The Erewash and Cromford Canals meet at Lock No. 14 and the Nottingham joins the Cromford just beyond the lock. The short spur of the Nottingham leads only to the Great Northern Basin next to a pub of the same name. The Basin was so packed with boats that it was almost impossible to see any water at all.

The spur is crossed by a swingbridge, the Basin being immediately on the right in this view.

Two Boats

Seen from the swingbridge these two boats were moored side by side with more vessels visible on the Cromford Canal beyond.

One of those boats on the Cromford Canal was the Evanthia but beyond that a number of stalls had been set up as part of a Craft Fair. There was also a marquee packed with people enjoying some liquid refreshments.
Chesterfield Canal Trust

There were also stalls on the opposite side of the canal and many were trading from the boats too. The Chesterfield Canal Trust had a number of books and leaflets for sale and they were also advertising their own Festival which will take place later in the month.
Goods For Sale

Goods on offer were wide and varied. For example, colourful embroidered cushions, sweets and decorative heart shaped slates with animal pictures on them were being sold from the boats whilst the static stalls also had a mixture of goods such as painted and varnished rocks and boulders and bonsai trees.

Boat owners looking to replace or upgrade their motors would have been interested in this selection near the sign pointing to the dry dock.
Steam Engines

There were also several other displays that appealed to the wider public like this selection of steam engines.

And "Woodie's Wings" had brought along a selection of birds of prey and parrots that appealed to all age groups but especially the children. All in all, I'm sure that if these birds could talk, they wouuld have a lot to say about how the fine weather and the huge number of people that attended, that the Canal Festival had once again been a great success.

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