Good weather over the bank holiday weekend helped draw over 26,000 visitors to the 2015 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, which took place at Crick Marina near Daventry in Northamptonshire, 23-25 May.
The event, which was organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina, saw over 250 exhibitors gather by the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line for three days of trading.
Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World & Show Director, says: “Once again the canal world converged on Crick for three days of trading and entertainment. All in all it was a highly successful show. Visitor numbers were up at just over 26,000 and exhibitors have pretty much universally given us positive feedback on the level of trade and interest from those visitors.
“I spoke in person with more exhibitors and visitors this year than ever before and found it very rewarding. I must record a big thank you to the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it possible and the real spirit of goodwill and co-operation from the exhibitors and our suppliers made our job a lot easier.”
The final count of visitor numbers revealed that 26,387 people visited the show over the course of the long weekend, up on last year’s attendance of 25,921.
Entertainment at this year’s show included performances from pop icon Hazel O’Connor, ‘Murphy’s Marbles’ with Sean Cannon of the ‘Dubliners’ and Northampton reggae favourites ‘Rhythm n’ Roots’. As well as live music and 250 exhibitors displaying all the latest products and services from the canal boat world, the show offered visitors free boat trips, dozens of boats on the marina to look round, a real ale marquee, free children’s entertainment, and a large variety of food and drink stalls.
Next year’s show dates will be 28-30 May 2016. For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com or call 01283 742950.