We're organising a weekend of fun activities at West Stockwith on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September to give local people the chance to find out more about the wide variety of things that they can see and do on our canals and rivers.
The event is being organised in partnership between the Trust, Chesterfield Canal Trust, West Stockwith Yacht Club and the Waterfront Inn.
The point where the Chesterfield Canal meets the tidal River Trent, West Stockwith is a popular waterside destination and there will be lots of things for people to see and do on the day. There will be a range of traditional narrowboats and trip boats moored in the historic canal basin.
There will also be plenty for those firmly rooted on dry land to enjoy with a range of stands and demonstrations, live music, freshly cooked food and guided wildlife walks. The Saturday will culminate in a beer festival giving people the opportunity to sample a range of local brews.
The day will also be an opportunity for people to find out about our work. Our staff will be on hand to explain what we have achieved in our first year and the ways in which local communities are having a greater say in how their waterways are run.
People can also meet members of the East Midlands waterway partnership - a group of leading figures from local authorities, businesses and interest groups - who are working with us to guide local decisions on spending and getting more local involvement in the waterways. The partnership members will be explaining their exciting plans for the future and how they will be working to get more and more people, businesses and community groups involved in caring for their local waterways and getting greater benefit from them.
Danny Brennan, chair of the East Midlands Waterway Partnership said; “We’re really looking forward to the event, there will be lots going on and it will be great to see so many people – kids and adults - exploring all that their local waterways have to offer.
“Our local waterways are really special hidden gems but this can also mean that people sometimes forget they’re there. We’re really passionate about the waterways. The more that people living locally know about the waterways, the more they’ll share our enthusiasm and the more they’ll want to rediscover all the fun and opportunities that our canals and rivers offer.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with other groups in the area to jointly encourage local people to get out into the great outdoors and remind us all just how lucky we are to have such special waterways on our doorstep.”