Canal Fest A Big Success
Published: 03 October 2022
Banbury’s two-day canal festival kicked off on Saturday (1st October) with bright sunshine and big crowds
It was a fun-packed event with entertainment and attractions for all the family.
The day started when town mayor Jayne Strangwood arrived by narrowboat and cut a ‘let’s go’ ribbon.
Visitors enjoyed boat trips, live music, dance displays, charity stalls, a covered market – and plenty of refreshments.
Bridge Street Park hosted live music and food stalls – and Chamberlaine Court car park was home to Dance Banbury’s programme of dazzling performances and workshops – plus more food sellers.
Moored narrowboats selling a variety of goods were busy and customers packed the towpath.
A covered market and acoustic performances by local musicians were in the car park beneath Lidl and on the town side of the canal, Tooley’s Boatyard was the start and finish of boat rides and charity stalls lined the waterway near the lock.
Continued sunshine brought out the crowds on Sunday and they weren’t disappointed with the entertainment on offer.
The festival reminded visitors that the canal, which opened in 1778, was an important chapter in Banbury’s development. The waterway brought trade and business from the industrial midlands and created jobs and wealth in the town.
The festival was organised by Banbury Town Council, sponsored by Swish Fibre, and supported by Castle Quay, GF Club, Banbury Folk Club, Banbury Museum, Tooley’s Boatyard, The Mill Arts Centre, Bridge Street Community Garden.