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For the second year running we are holding a festive boat festival at the famous Foxton Locks in Leicestershire.
Taking place alongside the canal on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December from 2pm – 7pm, the event will feature an illuminated water fountain alongside the historic locks, entertainment from a variety of music acts, illuminated boats along the towpath, and a selection of hot food stalls.
Foxton Locks is home to a staircase of 10 locks which enables boats to navigate up and down the hill at Foxton. Built in 1815 the locks are 200 years old and around 4000 boats travel through this famous flight each year. The site is also home to the now disused boat lift which was originally designed to speed up travel through the locks before it fell into disuse in 1911.
Alex Goode, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "Last year was the first time we held this event at Foxton Locks and it was a huge success so we’re delighted we can hold an even bigger and better event this year.
"Foxton Locks is a special place to visit throughout the year and with miles of fairy lights twinkling, Christmas carols being sung and mulled wine being consumed the event will get everyone in the festive mood in time for Christmas."
Tickets are £5 per person and free for under 12’s. Tickets are available from Monday 20 November by visiting Foxton Illuminated Boat Festival 2017.
Car parking for the event is at Gallows Field Road. Please note there will be no parking available at Foxton Locks except for disabled visitors. A free park and ride will be operating from Gallows Field Road to Foxton Locks. As the event is outside please ensure you wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes.
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