All the waterways are a stage

If you like to go to the theatre, whether it’s to see a musical or a play, you don’t always have to go travelling to the nearest big town and pay lots of money for tickets.

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways

There’s been a quiet revolution of arts happening on our waterways as their use for leisure has increased. The marvellous Mikron Theatre are the only long established waterways touring company, but the number of new arts events on or by the water have increased dramatically since British Waterways became the Canal & River Trust. Us boaters have never been so spoilt for choice if we want to enjoy a bit of culture whilst out cruising.

From the Floating Cinema to poetry, sculpture, musicals, plays, contemporary art of all sorts there’s something to suit every taste across the network this summer.

I’ve just enjoyed two wonderful evenings watching Mikron’s latest productions about the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Youth Hostel Association. Both performances took place at canal-side pubs making a perfect night out in my book. Later in the summer I’m looking forward to seeing Alarum Theatre’s double bill of plays on their Idle Woman tour.

If you’re up in Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire the Floating Cinema is touring in July and early August. Also up north you’ll find the Changing Places exhibition and Super Slow Way events on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. If you’re planning on doing the Stourport ring or the mid-Worcester cruising ring you can take some of the events on “The Ring”.   

If you’re anywhere near the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port look out for Still / Sway, an art exhibition by boater Jim Cooke. And if poetry is more your thing why not check out the work of our current Canal Poet Laureat Luke Kennard when you’ve moored up for the evening and reflect on what a wonderful network for leisure and living has emerged from the waterways’ industrial past.

To help you plan your cruising and entertainment visit our website

Mikron Theatre Mikron Theatre's narrowboat Tyseley

Last date edited: 30 June 2017

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