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Foxton Locks illuminated festival 2016

Over 7,000 people visited the famous Foxton Locks in Leicestershire on Saturday 17 December 2016 and enjoyed our spectacular boat festival along the Grand Union Canal.

Foxton Locks illuminations

The festival was the first of its kind at Foxton and designed to help celebrate that Foxton Locks has joined our other museums and attractions as a frontline visitor destination. With over 4,000 boats travelling through our famous flight each year – Foxton is one of the most visited locations on our entire network.

This year’s festival delighted visitors with all sorts of activities – lantern making workshops, carol singing at the Boiler House Museum, festive boat trips, the Harborough Silver Band and a variety of hot food stalls.

Illuminated boat parade

However, as you can see from the video, the highlight of the event was of course our illuminated boat parade with narrowboats all beautifully lit up with a variety of sparkly Christmas lights, along with pyrotechnics and a fire sculpture for good measure. In fact, there was over a mile of twinkling festive lights bringing their Christmas magic to the locks and towpath.

And congratulations go out to the winner of the ‘Best Dressed Boat’ and a £250 voucher, which was kindly donated Grand Union Narrowboats, Bev Ardley owner of Ardley Moving.

Vicky Martin, the South East Waterways manager, said: "This is the first time we’ve held an illuminated boat festival at Foxton and everyone who came along had a fantastic time. The festival would not have been possible without hard work of over 20 volunteers, who generously gave up their time to help. It was wonderful to see the local community come out and enjoy the festivities."

Plans are well and truly underway for our illuminations festival 2017 so keep checking back for this year’s date. It’ll be just one of the many and varied ways in which you can visit our waterways and get involved this year.


Last date edited: 11 April 2017