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Foxton illuminated festival

December 2016 saw the very first Foxton Locks illuminated festival with over 7,000 visitors on a moody, misty evening. We're planning on holding it again each Christmas.

The festival delighted visitors with all sorts of activities:

  • lantern making workshops
  • carol singing at the Boilerhouse Museum
  • festive boat trips
  • the Harborough Silver Band
  • hot food stalls

However, as you can see from the video, the highlight of the event was of course our illuminated boat parade with narrowboats all beautifully lit up with a variety of sparkly Christmas lights, along with pyrotechnics and a fire sculpture for good measure. In fact, there was over a mile of twinkling festive lights bringing their Christmas magic to the locks and towpath.

Volunteers at Foxton Locks illuminations

Best dressed boat

Congratulations go out to the winner of the ‘Best Dressed Boat’ and a £250 voucher, which was kindly donated Grand Union Narrowboats, Bev Ardley owner of Ardley Moving.

Vicky Martin, the South East Waterways manager, said: "This is the first time we’ve held an illuminated boat festival at Foxton and everyone who came along had a fantastic time. The festival would not have been possible without hard work of over 20 volunteers, who generously gave up their time to help. It was wonderful to see the local community come out and enjoy the festivities."

Foxton illuminated festival 2017

Plans are well and truly underway for our illuminations festival 2017 so keep checking back for this year’s date details. It’ll be just one of the many and varied ways in which you can visit our waterways and get involved this year.

Last date edited: 14 September 2017