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News article created on 15 March 2016

Celebrate Easter at the National Waterways Museum

We're welcoming the return of colourful boats to our popular Easter Gathering and Sea Shanty Festival at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port between Friday 25 and Monday 28 March 2016.

A panoramic view of the National Waterways Museum National Waterways Museum

This significant event in the boating calendar marks the start of the summer cruising season. Many boats will set off to other parts of the canal network following the festival. 

Heritage and great stories will come alive throughout the weekend with the gathering of boats, lock demonstrations, boat trips, behind the scenes tours, crafts and activities for all ages.

Sea Shanty performers

For the sixth year, Sea Shanty performers from across the country will be performing across the museum throughout the festival as well as in concert on Friday and Saturday nights.

Canal & River Trust Head of Museums Graham Boxer, said: “The Easter Boat Gathering is a popular event with both canal enthusiasts and visitors and this will be an extra special year at the museum.  Not only do we celebrate our 40th anniversary, but also the 90th birthday of our historic narrowboat Gifford, which has been with us from the start.”