The Inland Waterways Association 2009 National Festival & Boat Show will be held at Red Hill, near Ratcliffe on Soar, on the Soar Navigation, close to its confluence with the river Trent, and the junctions with the Erewash, and Trent & Mersey canals, just south of Nottingham.
IWA hopes to encourage boaters visiting the Festival to try the Erewash and Chesterfield canals and other lesser frequented waterways of the East Midlands. The Festival also intends to raise the profile and give support to waterway societies in the area, including the Derby, Cromford and Grantham canals all of which are currently under restoration.
IWA’s National Festival brings hundreds of exhibitors and visiting boats as well as thousands of visitors to an area, offering a great day out for families as well as raising the profile of the waterways with local authorities and business communities.
A Fantastic Day Out for all the family with ….
Festival Circus Fun
- The Festival Circus brings the magic of the circus alive, with a brand new show each year! There are up to five hours of circus entertainment per day inside a real circus Big Top, presented by Britain’s most successful Gala and Corporate Circus company. The fast-moving and spectacular show features a host of circus skills like daring trapeze, amazing juggling, dazzling acrobatics and, of course, the circus clowns! It’s an all-human show in the traditional circus style, guaranteed to delight young and old alike, with laughter, thrills and spills!
- There will be 4 x 45 minute performances and two hours of “have a go” circus skills workshops for children and/or adults.
Live Music and Dancing
- The Raptor Centre will be bringing their feathered “Stars of the Show” again – a wonderful collection of owls and hawks, including birds who have appeared in the Harry Potter films. At Redhill the birds will again walk the site with their keepers but, in addition, they will be demonstrating their skills during flying displays in the Arena. Don’t miss it.
- The Manor Farm Animal Centre, who are based at East Leake, Loughborough, will also be bringing their pygmy goats who will also be walking the site with their keepers as well as entertaining children on the Manor Farm stand.
- Waterway Users: here is your chance to question British Waterways at close quarters: Jonathan Bryant will be taking questions in the Festival Theatre on Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday, 2pm. Don’t miss it!!
- The Festival will open with a display by the Chesterfield Musketeers, a skilled majorette dancing group who will also perform later on the Saturday afternoon.
- WOW (Wild over Waterways) activities for children including bricklaying, knot tying and much more.
- Margaret Bunker of the Hathern Dog rescue will host a Fun Dog Show (Sunday only)
- Have a go at archery with the Sawley Scout Association (fee payable)
- Plus other attractions such as a Victorian Fairground, classic cars (all three days), jazz and folk groups performing on the site band stands.
Ratcliffe on Soar
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