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Birmingham’s city centre canals are set to host a brand-new festival, which will celebrate their history and allow you to explore their charms and activities.
Birmingham Canal Festival will take place on 16 and 17 September between 11am and 5pm.
Fishing taster sessions near the Sealife Centre will give you the chance to try your hand at angling. All equipment will be provided and, with the city’s canals well stocked with fish, there’s a good chance of a catch.
A floating market moored near the Barclaycard Arena will offer a range of tasty foods and handmade crafts and the recently opened Canal House will have live music and outdoor activities for children including face painting.
Coinciding with Birmingham Heritage Week, the event will also enable you to take a step back in time by venturing onto a historic working boat moored outside the Roundhouse. You’ll be able to step onboard and discover what life would have been like for a boatman and his family on a working narrowboat at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Regency Wharf will show films from the Flatpack Film Festival in an outdoor cinema and other screenings will take place on a narrowboat moored in Gas Street Basin. It will be another chance to see Cliff Richard’s 1973 film Take Me High - in which Cliff moves to Birmingham and lives on a narrowboat.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Waterway Partnership, said: “Birmingham’s canalside is full of life with so much going on both on the water and dry land and this festival will be a great way to rediscover what’s on your doorstep. Whether you’d like to get out on the water, try some fishing or just enjoy a leisurely drink and something to eat it’s definitely worth a visit and we’d encourage people to come along.”
For more information regarding film showings visit Flatpack Film Festival Website.
To book Go Fish sessions visit the National Fishing Month website.
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