’Ere we go!
WITH MORE THAN 100 boats converging on Pelsall on the Birmingham Canal Navigations for this year’s Inland Waterways Association Festival of Water as we went to press, the Association has already chosen Ilkeston in Derbyshire on the Erewash Canal as the 2017 venue.
The free event, to be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend 26-28 August, will have an array of attractions on and off the water to provide a fun day out for all the family. Leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats are expected and there will be craft stalls, activities, a market and fundraising stalls. It will also be a campaign event bringing more craft onto the canal as well as publicising nearby restoration projects including the Cromford and Derby canals.
“This is wonderful news for the Erewash and it is a real honour for our borough to be chosen as the host for the Festival of Water 2017,” said Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure. While IWA Events Team Chairman John Butler said: “I am delighted that we are able to bring IWA’s Festival of Water to Ilkeston next year. The Erewash Canal is a beautiful yet underused waterway and the event will attract more people to visit it.”