A view of the show from the Canal & River Trust marquee
Despite having worked for the Trust for more than a decade I’ve never actually worked at the Crick Boat Show. This year I decided it was about time I donned an orange T-shirt and joined the rest of the team at the biggest inland waterways boat show of the year.
The fisheries area had a large display tank containing a variety of fish species. It was good to be able to see clearly for change the denizens of the canal water that I know lurk under my boat. I also learnt to tell the difference between a Rudd and a Roach and that Tench come in a variety of colours.
The environment team had a fascinating “Poo” quiz with samples of everything from mouse to Otter for people to identify. I’m sure the children loved it along with the wonderful “Build a canal” sandpit in the Canal Explorers area. The environment team also had a practical demonstration as to why us boaters should never pump out oil or fuel contaminated bilge water into the canal.
Our heritage trainees put on a wonderful display of bricklaying and carpentry in one corner whilst in the opposite corner you could find information about the exhibits at the National Waterways Museums in Ellesmere and Gloucester. Visitors to our marquee could also try their hand at traditional roses and castles painting thanks to Canal Arts who run courses at Stoke Bruerne Museum.
Our team’s area benefitted from some sofas, the perfect place to rest show weary feet, relicense your boat and ask us questions. There was much interest in the boat licensing consultation, questions from new or wannabe boaters and we also met many old friends and customers who stopped by for a chat.
It’s difficult to choose a highlight as there really is so much to see and do at the show, from spending money on boats and all things boating to enjoying food, beer, and music. My personal show highlights were bagging a good price on 3 new leisure batteries for my narrowboat and having an enjoyable evening out with colleagues, something I rarely get to do. My final highlight was my rose decorated flower pot that I got to take home with me.
Maybe see you next year at Crick?
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