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Illuminated boat parade at Canal Festival


Canal fans are in for a treat on the evening of Saturday 28th May. As part of the Canal Festival in Staveley, there will be a parade of illuminated boats up and down the Chesterfield Canal.

It will start in Staveley Town Basin at 9.30 p.m. and go through Mill Green and back again. Organisers expect that there will be at least 30 boats in the parade all of them lit up like Christmas trees.

Spectators will be able to watch from the canal towpath or from three bridges that the boats will go under. It will be easy to park in Staveley and walk down to the canal.

Another exciting event will be a flotilla of boats from the canal basin at Staveley right up to Tapton in Chesterfield and back again on Monday 30th May. Ten miles, ten locks. You can join in by cruising on one of the five tripboats taking part. £15 return or £10 one way. Ring 07925 851569 to book.

These events are part of the Inland Waterways Association National Trailboat Festival which the Chesterfield Canal Trust will be hosting at Staveley Town Basin (S43 3XZ) over the Bank Holiday weekend.

There will be five tripboats in operation, including the brand new John Varley replacement, plus lots of entertainment, attractions and caterers.

There will be dozens of trailboats moored along the canal towards Constitution Hill Bridge. Most will be decorated, creating a really colourful spectacle.


The Festival will include Boat rides, Canoeing, Children’s rides, Learn to drive a digger, Model boats, Birds of prey, Face painting, a Climbing wall, Vintage cars, Belly dancers, Fire eaters and eight live bands, dozens of stalls plus food and drink including a Real Ale Bar run by Brampton Brewery.


The Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. Admission will be £3, free for Under 12s.

There will be free parking nearby with blue badge parking onsite. The whole site is accessible to wheelchairs. Three of the tripboats have wheelchair lifts.

For further information, email [email protected] or ring 01246 477569.