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Things to do at our Easter Boat Gathering

The colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering returns to the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

Easter Boat Gathering & Sea Shanty Festival

The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port hosts Easter Boat Gathering – 30 March to 2 April 2018

But while the narrow boats and barges are the undoubted main attraction there’s much more to enjoy, from live music to a chance to dive into the waterways archives...

Get in tune

Saturday night’s headliners Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley with Emily Sanders, bring their unique sound to the evening. Graham Bellinger performs his atmospheric 'Songs of the Canals' and award-winning folk artist Phil Underwood also takes to the stage over the weekend. The packed programme also features Dave Russell and friends and local folk bands Full House and the Hungry Horse Folk Band. 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Archive action

You can research your own unique ‘who do you think you are?’ waterway history in our National Waterways Archive – a unique collection of thousands of items, including documents, diaries, letters and photographs. Archive open 10.00pm – 4.00pm each day

‘Climb That Tree’

A musical stage show with David Gibb for children aged three and over and their families. Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12.00pm – 1.30pm in the Boat Yard Cafe

Historic boats under conservation

Be among the first visitors to see our new boat store where vessels raised from the Upper Basin last October are being stored and worked on. Saturday and Sunday 1.00pm, 2.00pm. Booking essential!

Boat trip

'Centaur' at National Waterways Museum

Take a boat trip on Centaur along the Shropshire Union Canal. Plus, the Accessible boat Over the Rainbow will also be offering you the chance to go through Ellesmere Port’s historic locks, and experience at close hand how the system works.

Regular trips throughout the weekend

The historic steam cruiser Daniel Adamson will also be welcoming passengers on board for a short ship canal cruise in vintage style. Friday to Monday at 11.00am and 2.00pm.  

Realising the past

Windows on the world at National Waterways Museum

A free downloadable app uses 21st century technology to bring Ellesmere Port’s 19th century history to life. Through this augmented reality the people that lived and worked in the port return to tell their stories.

Illustrations and photographs

Explore two exhibitions: there’s No Sign of Canals on Mars – the Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke and Only the Tide of Time: An Exhibition of photographs by Clifford Morris.

Non-stop kids’ trails & activities

Younger visitors can explore the museum on trails or enjoy activities in the play area.

Giving boats a special welcome in the Upper Basin

With 80 to 100 narrow boats and barges expected over the weekend the Upper Basin will be buzzing with activity as boaters catch up with friends from across the waterways networks.

All the museum usual offers will be open for visitors throughout the weekend including costumed interpreters bringing the Porters Row cottages to life.

Last date edited: 26 March 2018