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News article created on 21 September 2016

Free floating fun as Nottingham Canal Festival returns to Castle Wharf

Nottingham’s waterways are set to come alive as the second annual Nottingham Canal Festival comes to the city’s historic Castle Wharf.

Nottingham Canal Festival

The festival, on Saturday 1 October, is being organised by the Trust, and will give families the chance to try a range of fun, free activities both on the water and dry land.

Last year’s event saw over 3,000 people flock to Castle Wharf to get out on the water and celebrate all that’s great about the county’s waterways. The festival will kick off a month of festivals taking place in Nottingham over the course of October.

As part of the celebrations a number of boats will be moored within the wharf including historic working boat Whitby which was built over 80 years ago and used to transport goods around the Midlands’ waterways during the last Century.

Those with a sense of adventure will be able to have a go at kayaking while free boat trips will give people looking for a bit of relaxation a more tranquil cruise along the city’s canals.

There will also be a chance to discover what lies beneath the water with fishing taster sessions led by licensed coaches.

Fun family activities

On dry land people will be able to explore a wide range of stalls offering local crafts, have a go at fun family activities, enjoy performances by colourful characters from the waterways’ past or enjoy the food, drink and live music on offer in one of the wharf’s canalside pubs.

The free event takes place between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday 1 October and will be officially opened at 11am by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Cllr Jackie Morris and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Tom Huggon.

Danny Brennan, chair of the Trust’s East Midlands’ Waterway Partnership, said; "We’re really looking forward to welcoming people to Nottingham Canal Festival again – it’s great fun and, with so many free activities, it’s a perfect opportunity to try something new.

"Last year’s event was a huge success and it was fantastic to see thousands of people heading down to the water to appreciate the wonderful waterways we’re blessed with. The free boat trips were really popular which was great as getting out onto the water gives you a totally different perspective of the city.

"We hope to see even more people coming along this year, finding out more about the county’s waterways and hopefully inspired to get out and explore them further."