Cancelled - Easter Boat Gathering 2020

For the last 42 years, the colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering has marked the unofficial start to our season. The 43rd event, full of boats, music and more will continue this grand tradition.

Event details

10 April 2020 to 13 April 2020

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 planned.

On Saturday evening, join Port Sunlight Sea Dogs and Gerry Ffrench for an evening of shanties and songs of river and sea, along with Celtic inspired folk & roots. 

...and more...

As well as the boats and the music the Easter Boat Gathering will be packed with inspirational workshops tours and museum activities for all ages.

Keep intouch  

Please keep an eye on this page for more information of confirmed acts and activities.

For the boaters...

Please complete your Easter Gathering Boat Entry Form and return it to the museum. For queries, please telephone 01513555017.



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