Narrowboats head to the sixth Stratford River Festival
This weekend narrowboats and boating fans will be heading to beautiful Stratford upon Avon for the sixth Stratford River Festival.
It’s a two-day free celebration of the waterways that will appeal to the whole family. Organised by Stratforward, the town’s Business Improvement District, which represents nearly 500 shops, cafes, restaurants and other businesses, the event should bring over 50,000 revellers into the Midlands town, if last year's success is replicated.
Canals are an important part of local history here. This year is the 50th anniversary of the reopening of the Stratford Canal and the 40th anniversary of the reopening of the Avon to Stratford. There will be plenty of narrowboats on display during the festival to delight canal boat fans.
What’s on at Stratford River Festival?
Boat fans will love the late night illuminated boat parade on the river and fireworks display at 10pm on Saturday.
During the Saturday and Sunday you’ll find a craft village, featuring 22 stalls including Lyncroft Handmade Cakes,
The Barn at Studley, Narrowboat Art, Bright Ideas and Shakespeare’s Sisters Soap, food and drink stalls, belly-dancing performances and swing boats.
There is also a packed programme of free events including live music, boating fun, belly-dancing workshops and a family zone.
Find out more at http://www.stratfordriverfestival.co.uk/
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