Rocking down the cut
YOU ASKED TO hear other stories about using your boat to get somewhere. Last May we set off from our mooring on the Kennet & Avon at Pewsey heading for All Cannings to go to the Concert at The Kings, a music festival held each year in aid of Rock Against Cancer.
It was our fist visit to the festival, as each year we wanted to visit previously we had not been able to go due to other commitments.
Travelling by boat added a great deal more excitement to the experience. We made the two-hour lock-free run with friends on their boat, my husband was convinced we would not find a mooring but we did easily for both boats. There was no room on the visitor moorings but we found a spot on the towpath right by a footpath that led straight to the venue, a five-minute walk from the canal. We made our way to the concert armed with our folding chairs. I never thought I would say this, but the best band of the day were 70s band The Sweet who put on a superb show. Other bands playing were the Animals, Lindisfarne, Howard Jones and Squeeze. The concert is held in a small field behind the Kings Arms pub in the village, so the concert had a very intimate, friendly feel to it and there was a great selection of food and drink on offer.
We had a super day and we were able to go back to the boat at regular intervals to let the dogs out, something we would not have been able to do had we gone by car. It got very cold later on in the evening and we went back to the boat early but we were still able to hear the music on the canal bank.
It was a fabulous day made all the better by getting there by boat. We didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving or who would look after the dogs, it was a perfect day. We have reserved tickets for this year and will definitely be going by boat again, roll on May!