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The National Waterways Museum’s popular Easter Boat Gathering and Sea Shanty Festival returns to Ellesmere Port for 2013 and is set to be as colourful as ever.
The event starts this Friday (29 March) and will see a gathering of canal boats and sea shanty musicians across the museum. It will be a colourful weekend of traditional canal crafts, music, boats, demonstrations, children’s activities, stalls and more, celebrating the vibrant canal life and culture of the UK’s waterway network.
This year’s festival will be visited by many historic narrowboats, giving the extensive docks a real feel of the past.
Sea shanty performers from across the country will play in the historic museum’s restored buildings and boats on all four days. They will also play formal concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights. Monday sees a special art workshop from artist Faith Bebbington who has been working on a horse sculpture for the museum commemorating the work of horses in canal history.
The museum shop and café will be open and there will also be a real ale bar from Titanic Brewery for all four days of the Boat Gathering. All of the museum’s usual attractions will be open, so that visitors can explore restored canal boats, see historic locks and docks, visit period cottages and learn about the life of the Victorian canal folk.
Marketing manager Oliver Briscoe says: “Our Easter Boat Gathering is one of the real highlights of the UK’s canal year and the 2013 event, with plenty of historic narrowboats and even more music than last year looks set to be a very special edition. It’s a great traditional family day out and we’re looking forwards to welcoming visitors on our biggest weekend of the year.”
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