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News article created on 15 October 2015

Castle Wharf comes alive at first Nottingham Canal Festival

Nottingham’s historic Castle Wharf came alive with colourful boats and live music over the weekend as thousands of people visited the city’s first canal festival.

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The event, which took place on Saturday 10th October, had something for everyone including boat trips, canoeing taster sessions, angling coaching, history walks, live music, street art activities and family games.

There were also craft stalls, face painting, fun activities with the Trust’s Explorers education team and displays from some of the local canal societies. 

Historic working boats

Pride of place in the wharf, once a bustling inland port, was a gathering of historic working boats, some of which were more than 100 years old. The boats gave a colourful backdrop and enabled local people to appreciate the historical importance of their local waterways. 

The festival was organised by the Trust’s East Midlands’ Waterway Partnership with support from Nottingham City Council and local pubs and businesses.

Danny Brennan, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s East Midlands waterway partnership said; “The Nottingham Canal Festival was a great success with thousands of people joining us to find out more about all the ways in which they can enjoy Nottinghamshire’s waterways.

“The wharf was buzzing and it was fantastic to see lots of new faces and meet people who perhaps hadn’t really ventured down onto the canal before. There was lots to do for people of all ages and so hopefully we’ll see lots of them coming back in the future.

“We’re really grateful to all the boaters who came along and helped to add some colour to the occasion and also the volunteers on the various canal society stands who I hope had a useful and enjoyable day.

“Our aim is for this to become a regular event with more and more people wanting to come on board to help us celebrate all that’s great about the county’s waterways.”