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News article created on 7 August 2014

Foxton Locks celebrates 200th birthday

This weekend the famous Foxton Lock Flight in Leicestershire, one of the most photographed set of canal locks in the country, is celebrating its 200th birthday.

Being on or beside the canals is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and take some ‘me’ time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nigel Crowe, head of heritage

We're planning three days of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the famous lock flight. The first 200 visitors on Friday will be treated to free ice-creams from the Top Lock Café. On Saturday and Sunday people will be able to enjoy stalls selling local goodies, a local folk band playing traditional canal music. Sunday visitors will also be treated to a parade of historic boats, which will have made the day-long journey from Crick in Northamptonshire. 

Nigel Crowe, head of heritage for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Foxton Locks are a wonderful place to visit and today they are even busier with boaters and visitors than at the height of the industrial revolution. If you haven’t yet visited Foxton then I can’t recommend it highly enough. 

“Being on or beside the canals is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and take some ‘me’ time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The canals are teeming with wildlife and are a perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon.”