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News article created on 24 September 2013

Floating market comes to Birmingham

This weekend Birmingham’s canals will be a burst of exciting colour as the city plays host to Britain’s largest floating market.

This three day family event takes place from Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September at the Birmingham Main Line Canal alongside the National Indoor Arena. The event will be officially opened at 10am on Saturday 28 September by Canal & River Trust chairman Tony Hales.

With a number of boats selling everything from canal art and crafts, handmade jewellery and glass to herbal remedies and specialist food, the canal is expected to be a real hub of activity.

Arts and crafts

Tony said: “This weekend will be a really fun family affair with lots of unique things to buy and yummy things to eat. We have lots of boats coming along selling a whole variety of waterway related art and homemade crafts which really showcase the many talented people we have living and working along the nation’s waterways.”

Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands Waterways Partnership for the Canal & River Trust adds: “We have thousands of visitors to the waterways each year and this weekend they will experience the wonderful delights of the floating market. There will hopefully something for everyone to enjoy whilst they discover their local stretch of canal.”