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2024 Crick Boat Show tickets on sale

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Crick Boat Show, saving 10 per cent on the entry price.

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The event, which takes place at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, will be held across the late May Bank Holiday Weekend 25-27 May 2024, with an exclusive Trade & Preview Day on Friday 24 May, sponsored by Haven Knox-Johnston.

Britains biggest inland waterways event

Crick Boat Show is organised by Waterways World in association with us and Crick Waterside and Marina, and is expected to attract over 26,000 visitors.

As well as being the canal world’s biggest marketplace, showcasing the inland waterways industry with over 200 exhibitors, Crick Boat Show offers a fantastic day out with more than 30 new boats to view. There are also used boats, free boat trips, free advice seminars on boat ownership, technical masterclasses, a live music festival sponsored by Aquavista, a beer festival sponsored by LeeSan, and a large variety of food and drink stalls.

A top destination for waterway enthusiasts

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, says: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people to our 2024 Crick Boat Show, to be held over the Whitsun May Bank Holiday weekend. Crick Boat Show is firmly established as the top destination for waterways enthusiasts looking to buy a new boat, upgrade or improve their existing boat, for newcomers wanting to get afloat for the first time and for those seeking a day out by the water.

“Now in its 25th year, the Show hosts the largest display of new inland boats, both narrowboats and wide beams, and for three days it becomes Britain’s largest chandlery when over 200 exhibitors bring together the complete range of equipment and materials for inland boating.

“Our ‘Trade & Preview Day’ is exclusively designed for those who want to speak with boating related exhibitors – from boat builders to equipment suppliers. Friday 24 May offers a maximum of 1,000 pre-booked visitors the opportunity to talk in-depth with these companies and to see the boats before everyone else.”

Ticket information

For Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May, adult tickets are £19.00 on the gate, £17.10 if purchased in advance. Entry for children aged 16 and under is free on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May. Three-day adult tickets are £43.00 on the gate, £38.70 in advance.

Tickets for the Trade & Preview Day on Friday 24 May are only available in advance and are priced at £27.50 each. Preview Day visitors will have access to an exclusive online bookings system for boat viewings on Friday 24 May. The booking system will open in early May 2023. Preview Day visitors will also receive a gift bag and a free hot drink. All advance tickets will be sent out in May and delivery is free of charge. Advance tickets can be ordered online or by phone until noon on Friday 17 May 2023.

Camping pitch prices start at £45.00 for one night for a 6m x 6m pitch for a tent and car. Mooring costs start at £1.35 per foot. For more information and to book tickets, camping pitches and moorings, visit or call 01283 742970, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

A fantastic day out

Matthew Symonds, our national boating manager, adds: “Every year Crick Boat Show, the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival, celebrates Britain’s fantastic network of canals and rivers.

“We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Crick for a fantastic day out by the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line in the Northamptonshire countryside. Visitors to the Canal & River Trust Marquee can discover more about the boating, leisure, health and wellbeing opportunities our waterways offer people today, and the work of the Trust to maintain the 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in its care.”

The Show will open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May. And until 5pm on Monday 27 May. On Trade & Preview Day, Friday 25 May, the Show will be open from 12 noon until 6pm for Preview Day Visitor ticket holders, and from 10am to 6pm for pre-registered Trade visitors. Evening entertainment will run from 7.30pm to 11.30pm on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

Last Edited: 23 February 2024

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