A rare spell of pristine bank holiday sunshine helped draw big crowds to the 2016 Crick Boat Show at Crick Marina near Daventry in Northamptonshire. The event, which was organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina, saw nearly 270 exhibitors gather by the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Line) for three days of trading and family entertainment from 28 to 30 May.

Crick Boat Show 2016

The 2016 Crick Boat Show was a big success for commercial operators as well as leisure boaters.

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World & Show Director, said: “Once again the canal world converged on Crick for Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival. We are still analysing the figures but it looks like we will be ahead of last year’s record attendance of 26,387 and might reach the 27,000 mark. Our camping and caravanning site and visitor boat moorings were at maximum capacity and helped make for a terrific weekend festival atmosphere. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this event possible, and thanks also for the fantastic spirit of goodwill and co-operation from the exhibitors and all our suppliers.”

As well as the latest products and services from the canal boat world, the event offered visitors free boat trips, plus boat handling sessions and scores of boats to investigate first-hand. There was also live music, a real ale marquee, children’s entertainment, a variety of food and drink stalls and some attractions to mark the 300th anniversary of famous canal engineer, James Brindley.

Mike Grimes, Head of Boating at the CRT, which is now a chartable body, echoed Peter’s upbeat assessment of the event: “We are delighted that so many people visited this year’s Crick Boat Show. Over 6,500 visited the CRT Marquee over the weekend to find out more about the Trust, take part in children’s activities, renew their boat licence and find out about becoming a Friend of the Trust.”

If you want to get involved in 2017, next year’s show will happen from 27 to 29 May. Or for more waterside events scheduled for this summer, see: Boating events: 12 of the best for 2016.