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Foxton illuminated 2017 - 17 December

Foxton Locks once again plays host to a very special Christmas event, fast becoming a regular on our waterways calendar - the Foxton Illuminated Festival.

Event details

17 December 2017

2:00pm - 7:00pm

Foxton Locks Top Lock Cottage

Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)


Foxton Locks Top Lock Cottage

Gumley Road
LE16 7RA

This year, a huge water fountain forms the centre piece of activities including bars, food stalls, music, theatre performances, fair ground and of course our stunning illuminated canal boats. And of course, the best dressed boat will win our prestigeous Foxton Illuminated cup!

Two day event

Due to the overwhelming success of last year, we are holding this year’s event over two days, numbers will be limited so this year’s event will be ticket entry only:

  • Adults £5
  • Under 12 years free (but must be accompanied by an adult)

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As well as favourites such as the fair ground, food stalls and bar, you'll find entertainment for everyone right across the site.

Boat trips

2 x boat trips on Vagabond II each day: 2.00pm and 3.00pm

On the bill this year are:

Saturday 16 December

Throughout the evening – Parsnips
Performing an excerpt from a play by Claire Bower, entitled "The Rules of Time Travel" about an underground Victorian Society of Time Travellers.

3.00pm to 5.00pm – The Dr Len's Jazz and Blues Band
Led by Len Holden. The band plays a mixture of standard jazz tunes and blues favourites.

Throughout the evening - Nevill Holt 
Four young singers from Nevill Holt Opera will be performing with an eclectic mix of music both for opera lovers and for those new to opera. The outdoor performance will take place on a stage carefully constructed onboard a mud hopper! 

Event field stage
During the evening there'll be performances from the local Scout band and singer, Annmarie Marlow.

Sunday 17 December

Throughout the evening - Market Harborough Drama Society
Performing a play within a play from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" where a group of Athenian workmen act out a comedy entitled "The Tragic Story of Pyramus and Thisbe". (The society will be performing the full play next July – see here for details www.harboroughtheatre.com)

5.45pm to 6.25pm - Rock choir
They'll be singing a mix of motown, pop, rock with some Christmassy ones at the end of their set.

Throughout the evening - the Harborough Collective
Performing festive music from across the centuries; from Medieval carols to new versions of traditional Christmas songs.

3.00pm to 5.00pm - Afro City Orchestra
Led by Leicester based Ned Newitt, Afro City plays a mainly South African Township music ideal for dancing or just jigging about to.


All parking for the vent will be at the Show Ground on Gallows Road. Please do not park in near-by villages as this will cause traiffic problems.

There’ll be a park and ride from the show ground, running from 1.30pm to 9.00pm to the Foxton Locks site, which will be a short 5 – 10 minute bus ride. 

And remember - as the event is an outdoor event please bring warm water proof clothing and sturdy shoes!

Illuminated boats

Guide dogs only event

Due to the need to use the park and ride service, we are very sorry to say that dogs cannot come to Foxton Illuminated Boat Festival this year.

Guide dogs are welcome - if you need to bring your guide dog, please contact the event organisers so we can arrange a disabled parking space for you, email:enquiries.southeast@canalrivertrust.org.uk