Annual Easter Boat Gathering

For the last 41 years the colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering has marked the official start of the boating season. The 42nd event, full of boats, music and more will continue this grand tradition.

Event details

19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Shropshire Union Canal


National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Tens of boats will moor up across the museum’s seven-acre site. While boaters catch up on news museum visitors can stroll along the waterside, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a rare chance to get up close to beautiful historic vessels, lovingly restored by dedicated owners.


Music is an integral part of canal heritage and plays a major part in the long weekend, with some of finest folk artists already confirmed. Radio 2 Folk Award winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar will headline Saturday night. Throughout the weekend the museum welcomes back Phil Underwood who draws on the waterways rich musical heritage for his inspiration. The Shropshire Boatmen also tell waterways stories in song while Graham Bellinger returns with his wide repertoire of tales in tune. They will be joined by The Old Firm, The Hungry Horse Folk Club, The Raven Folk Club and family favourite David Gibb.

Saturday 20 April

11.00am - 11.45am

Graham Bellinger in Concert
12.00pm - 2.00pm Raven Folk Club Musis & Song Session
12.00pm - 1.30pm David Gibb (for children aged 3 and over)

2.00pm - 2.20pm

2.30pm - 2.50pm

4.15pm 4.35pm

Alarum Theatre Company presents I Dig Canals
2.30pm - 4.30pm The Hungry Horse Fok Club
3.00pm 4.00pm Phil Underwood & Nancy Potts: Canals of Old England

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, supported by the Old Firm

£8.00 in advance and any remaining tickets will be £10.00 on the night

Sunday 21 April

12.00pm - 1.30pm David Gibb (for children aged 3 and over)
1.45pm - 2.30pm Graham Bellinger in Concert
2.30pm - 3.30pm Bill Webb & The Shropshire Boatmen
3.00pm - 4.00pm Phil Underwood & Nancy Potts: Canals of Old England

Monday 22 April

12.oopm - 1.30pm David Gibb (for children aged 3 and over)
  Chocolate Making Workshops

...and more...

As well as the boats and the music the Easter Boat Gathering will be packed with inspirational workshops tours, chance to step inside the Waterways Archive and museum activities for all ages.


Museum annual passes are £9.75 for adults, £8.50 for concessions and £6 for 6-15 year olds. They offer unlimited visits for 12 months. Under-fives come in for free and other tickets are available. This includes all events and temporary exhibitions.

Information for Visiting Boaters

You can download your boat entry form here. Please email to


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