The 2017 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, to be held 27-29 May at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, is the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival. Showcasing 300 exhibitors from across the canal world, the annual event is organised by Waterways World in partnership with us and Crick Marina, and offers a fantastic day out for all the family.
Here are the top 10 things to do at this year’s show:
1 - Take a boat trip - visitors to Crick can take a free boat trip along the Grand Union Canal aboard canal boats run by volunteers from the London Narrowboat Project. The half-hour trips run every 10 minutes from 10.10am each day of the show. Book your free trip at the Trip Boats Marquee on the Quayside when you arrive at the show.
2 - Climb aboard one of 40 display boats – if you are looking to buy a new narrowboat or widebeam boat to live aboard, with Britain’s finest inland boat builders all represented and the chance to inspect more boats in one place than anywhere else in the whole boating year, you will be spoilt for choice at Crick.
3 - Get advice on budget boating – BWML is hosting an affordable boating feature at the show, with tips on how to get afloat on your own boat, and the Show’s free seminar programme will include advice from Waterways World experts on buying a new or used boat, living afloat and boat maintenance.
4 - Listen to live music - live bands will be performing throughout the Show in the Wheatsheaf Bar Marquee, with the ‘T-Rextasy’ tribute band headlining on the Saturday evening, and the ‘Fleetwood Bac’ Tribute Show and ‘Murphy’s Marbles’ on Sunday evening.
5 - Try artisan food – the show’s Food & Craft Marquee offers a wide selection of independent food specialists, offering tasty samples, great gift ideas and live demonstrations of culinary delights. Select your aperitifs at Stamford Gin or Handcraft Spirit, starters at Ash Greek Olives or Lymn Bank Farm Cheese, mains at Farmer Lou, desserts from the Brownie Company and Crumb de la Creme, and coffee at Jaccs Gourmet Coffee. There are also a large variety of food and drinks stalls at the Show’s Food Court.
6 - Enjoy some waterway-themed children’s activities - children aged 16 and under can visit the show for free where they will find a variety of special activities, including a treasure hunt, ‘build a canal’ challenge and Roses & Castles painting in the Canal & River Trust Marquee.
7 - Vote for your favourite boat - the favourite boat of show competition is a long-standing Crick tradition. Visitors to the show vote for their favourite and the result is announced mid-afternoon on Monday 29 May. Everyone who votes is entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher and Waterways World subscription. The winning exhibitor receives a trophy and a bottle of champagne.
8 - Get your shopping fix - with close to 300 exhibitors, Crick is Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival, showcasing the very best of the canal world. So, whether you are a boat owner or just a dreamer, let your imagination roam free with dozens of new boats to look round, all the latest products, gadgets and space-saving solutions to admire, and outdoor clothing, jewellery, hats and hand bags to revitalize your wardrobe.
9 - Step back in time on a historic boat – as well as dozens of new boats to look around, a number of historic boats will also be on show, offering visitors the chance to find out how working boat families lived in such a tiny cabin and the journeys they made to make their living.
10 - Find out about volunteering on the canals – Canal & River Trust volunteers will be in the Trust’s Marquee throughout the Show to talk about their experiences of volunteering on the canals. Volunteers help with all aspects of the Trust’s work, so there’s a large variety of roles available across the country - including lock keeping, otter-spotting, welcoming visitors to key sites and helping with canal maintenance as a member of the Towpath Taskforce.
Crick Boat Show will be open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday 29 May, when it closes at 5pm. Evening entertainment runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
Ticket prices start at £12 per adult if booked in advance, £15 on the day. All children aged 16 and under go free. Senior Citizens and concessions are £10.80 in advance, £13.50 on the day. Three-day tickets are also available for £23.20 per adult in advance, or £29 on the day. Senior citizens and concessions are priced at £20.80 in advance, £26 on the day.
Camping and mooring spaces are available and must be booked in advance. Camping for one night costs £35, £68 for two nights or £84 for three nights. Online moorings are available from £1.08 per ft. Mobility scooter and wheelchair hire can also be arranged in advance.
Last date edited: 21 February 2017