Pelsall to host canal festival

Pelsall has been chosen as the venue for the main Birmingham Canal Navigations Society summer festival.

The festival, which is supported by the Inland Waterways Association, Longwood Boat Club and the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, will be held on June 11 and 12, 2011 at Pelsall Wood Common, off Wood Lane.

Photograph of Pelsall Canal by Gary S Crutchley

The Festival will include stalls, entertainment, displays, boat trips and refreshments for the public as well as being a gathering of boats from all over the country.  Entry for the public will be free. Boaters and exhibitors are welcome to attend.

Graham Whorton, chairman of the BCNS, said the campaigning aims of the event are to ensure greater use of the BCN and to promote their benefits to all the community.

The event was postponed earlier this year because of concerns following the dewatering of Chasewater Reservoir, but British Waterways is confident it can proceed in 2011.

The location has been used previously for successful waterways events and the organisers are confident that a warm welcome and full support will be received from the local community.  Boaters will have the opportunity to join a BCN Explorer Cruise on their way to the Festival.

“With the proposed move of the inland waterways into a charitable trust, this canal festival will be particularly important in showing how valuable these canals are to local people and we are confident that it will be a good day out for all the family,” added Mr Whorton.

Boaters and exhibitors who want further information and an application form should contact Brenda Ward on 0121 355 6351  or email


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