Top 10 things to do at the Crick Boat Show

The 2018 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, to be held 26-28 May at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, is the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival and offers a fantastic day out by the water for all the family.

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Showcasing 300 exhibitors from across the canal world, the annual event is organised by Waterways World in partnership with us and Crick Marina, and is expected to attract over 26,000 visitors across the three show days.

Here are the top 10 things to do at this year's show 

Take a boat trip 

Visitors to Crick can take a free boat trip along the Grand Union Canal aboard canal boats run by volunteeFrs from the LNBP Community Boating. The half-hour trips run every 10 minutes from 10.10am each day of the show. Visitors can book their free trip at the Trip Boats Marquee on the Quayside when they arrive at the show.

Explore a luxury boat 

Today’s canal boats are equipped with all mod cons, and over 40 boats on display at Crick will showcase all the latest lifestyle extras, space-saving ideas and technological developments. From king-sized beds, baths and drinks fridges to LED lighting, underfloor heating and solar panels, visitors to the show can see the very latest in on board luxury.

Listen to live music

15 live bands will be performing throughout the Show in the Wheatsheaf Bar Marquee, with the ‘ABBA Revival’ tribute band headlining on the Sunday evening (27 May), and the ‘Dizzy Lizzy’ tribute act on the Saturday night (26 May).

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Step back in time 

Historic boats at the show offer visitors the chance to step aboard and find out how working boat families lived in such a tiny cabin and the journeys they made to make their living. Historic boats attending the Show include: ‘Raymond’, the last wooden working boat to be built in the UK; and ‘Sculptor’ and her butty ‘Toucan’ which carried goods from London to the Midlands.

Take boat handling lessons 

Hour-long boat handling training sessions with a qualified boat trainer will be taking place throughout the weekend. Lessons will cover the basics of casting off, mooring up, boat etiquette, rope handling, boat jargon and lock navigation. Places are limited so advance booking via Crick Boat Show is essential.

Enjoy some retail therapy

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 and gadgets to admire, and outdoor clothing, jewellery, hats and hand bags to revitalise your wardrobe.

Discover history brought back to life 

In our marquee, visitors can learn about life in 19th century Ellesmere Port with the help of costumed characters, and meet a costumed interpreter of John Nash, the English architect responsible for the Regent’s Canal.

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Get expert advice on boating

The show’s free seminar programme will feature advice from Waterways World’s Technical Editor Mark Langley on buying a new or used boat, selling a boat, as well as general boat maintenance.

Fun for the kids

Children aged 16 and under can visit the show for free and take part in a variety of special activities in our marquee, including ‘build a canal’ challenge, Roses & Castles painting and finding out about the wildlife that lives on our waterways.

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 28 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.

Last date edited: 5 April 2018