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Easter Boat Gathering 2018

Easter, and the annual boat gathering, is always a significant event in the waterways calendar as it marks the official start of the boating season.

Event details

30 March 2018 to 2 April 2018

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Shropshire Union Canal


National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Take part in the flotilla

The festival will build on the success of the 40th anniversary celebrations giving boats the opportunity to moor in the recently opened upper basin.  We intend to launch the weekend with another flotilla of boats from Chester and would be delighted if you could take part. Please do express your interest on your booking form and we will be in touch.

Please download your boaters booking form here

The 2018 Easter Boat Gathering promises a richly varied and exciting line up of music, family and boat activity. The lively long weekend will include a fine folk programme combined with inspirational workshops and museum activities for all ages. 

On Friday evening, David Lowe, well known to us as Chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) will be speaking on "Modern Freight Carrying by Water".

During the weekend there will be opportunities for visitors to have "Behind the Scenes" explorations of the boat store in Rossfield Road where the vessels raised from the top basin are being stored and worked on. There will also be the usual tours of the Lime Shed and the wider site. 

Music and performance is integral to our waterways heritage and we're looking forward to welcoming you back in 2018.We look forward to a memorable weekend.

Easter Boat Gathering at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port Easter Boat Gathering at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port