For the last 41 years the colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering has marked the official start of the boating season.
The 42nd event, which runs from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April 2019 at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port continues this grand tradition.
Lots of colourful boats will moor up across the museum’s seven-acre site. While boaters catch up on news museum visitors can stroll along the waterside, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a rare chance to get up close to beautiful historic vessels, lovingly restored by dedicated owners.
Music is an integral part of canal heritage and plays a major part in the long weekend, with some of finest folk artists already confirmed. Radio 2 Folk Award winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar will headline Saturday night. Throughout the weekend the museum welcomes back Phil Underwood who draws on the waterways rich musical heritage for his inspiration. The Shropshire Boatmen also tell waterways stories in song while Graham Bellinger returns with his wide repertoire of tales in tune. They will be joined by The Old Firm, The Hungry Horse Folk Club, The Raven Folk Club and family favourite David Gibbs.
As well as the boats and the music the Easter Boat Gathering will be packed with inspirational workshops tours and museum activities for all ages.
Museum annual passes are £9.75 for adults, £8.50 for concessions and £6 for 6-15 year olds. They offer unlimited visits for 12 months. Under-fives come in for free and other tickets are available. This includes all events and temporary exhibitions.