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It’s that time of year again, so here’s our guide to what’s on and who’ll be there

If you’re plan­ning to visit this year’s show, you’ll want to know who’s go­ing to be there, so here’s our guide to help you make plans for your trip and en­joy a great day out

It de­pends what you go to Crick for, whether it’s the boats, the bits or the mu­sic – if it’s boats and bits and pieces, you’re un­likely to be dis­ap­pointed, and if it’s the lat­ter, you’ll be in­ter­ested to hear this year’s head­lin­ing act is song­writer Tom Robin­son, prob­a­bly best-known for his hit song 2- 4- 6- 8 Mo­tor­way.

As well as playing his clas­sic hits on the Sunday evening, Tom and his band will per­form ma­te­rial from his new al­bum in­spired by the new mu­sic he cham­pi­ons through his BBC 6 Mu­sic show.

Satur­day night will be head­lined by Blondied, a Blondie/Deb­bie Harry trib­ute band and the show will, of course, in­clude all of Blondie’s hits.

But re­ally Crick is about boats and boat­ing and the con­firmed line-up of ex­hibitors as we went to press can be found over the next few pages. By the time the show opens there will be more.

Look­ing around the boats is al­ways pop­u­lar, so don’t forget that some will be sub­ject to book­ing for view­ing, so if there’s a par­tic­u­lar boat you wish to see, it’s worth con­tact­ing the builder in ad­vance to en­sure you can get a slot.

While the ma­rina with its dis­play of boats for sale will be one of the main ar­eas of interest, the back­bone of the show will be the mar­quee, filled with wa­ter­ways prod­ucts, ser­vices, as­so­ci­a­tions and busi­nesses rang­ing from mari­nas to light­ing, paints to hol­i­days and so­lar pan­els to stoves.

Outside, the Show Village will be home to the land-based boat dis­play plus a large range of other ex­hibitors. Don’t forget to come and see us on the Canal Boat stand, Q39 close to the ma­rina for a very spe­cial sub­scrip­tion of­fer you can’t miss.

Some­thing new for this year, which needs book­ing in ad­vance, will be boat han­dling taster ses­sions, pro­vid­ing steer­ing in­struc­tion and first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence aboard a nar­row­boat. More de­tails can be found at crick­boat­show.com. And, of course, if it’s knowl­edge you want there will also be sem­i­nars cov­er­ing a num­ber of boat­ing top­ics through­out the week­end.

This year Crick will also be mark­ing the birth of canal pi­o­neer James Brind­ley (1716–1772), with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, dis­plays and spe­cial talks. You’ll even be able to speak to Brind­ley him­self...

All we need now is some good weather for a great show. See you there.

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