The colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering returns to the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
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...
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Younger visitors can explore the museum on trails or enjoy activities in the play area.
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