2016 FLOATING MARKETS
Alvecote Marina, Coventry Canal: 29 April – 2 May (May Day weekend) Fazeley, Birmingham & Fazeley / Coventry Canals: 13 – 15 May Mercia Marina, Trent & Mersey Canal: 21 – 22 May Burton upon Trent, Trent & Mersey Canal: 27 – 30 May (spring bank holiday weekend) Great Haywood, Trent & Mersey / Staffs & Worcs canals: 10 – 12 June Paddington Basin, Grand Union Canal: 16 – 19 June Chester, Shropshire Union Canal: 1 – 3 July Merry Hill, Dudley Canal: 26 – 29 August (August bank holiday) Stourport, Staffs & Worcs Canal: 2 – 4 September Birmingham, BCN Main Line: 23 – 25 September It’s also hoped that there will be another Christmas market somewhere on the network – but at that time of year, the ability of traders to get around depends very much on the winter stoppage programme.
The Roving Canal Traders’ Association organises most of the floating markets and represents the majority of roving traders. For more information about its events and its members’ floating businesses, see the website rcta.org.uk.
The Birmingham Christmas market