Yes it’s almost time for Crick, so here’s our guide to what’s happening and who’ll be there to help you find everything you’re looking for for your boat and boating
It’s almost time for the extravaganza... boats, bands and more boats
‘Expect some of their biggest hits, including Ride A White Swan, Jeepster, 20th Century Boy and Get It On’
Crick Boat Show is getting a name for great music – and this year is no exception with T-Rexstasy heading the entertainment.
The world’s only official tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T-Rex, T-Rexstasy will recreate the legendary band’s outrageous glam-rock days, so expect some of their biggest hits, including Ride a White Swan, Jeepster, Telegram Sam, Teenage Dream, The Groover, 20th Century Boy, Get it On, and I Love to Boogie.
The daytime and evening live music has become a popular feature of Crick, adding to the show’s relaxed atmosphere. Genres will include Gypsy Swing Jazz, Americana, Reggae and Cajun to name a few.
With T-Rextasy headlining on the Saturday night, the Fleetwood Bac Tribute Show and Murphy’s Marbles will perform on the Sunday evening.
During the day on Saturday music will include country blues from The Goat Roper Rodeo Band and gypsy jazz from Swing Gitan. On Sunday there will be country folk from Serious Sam Barrett and newgrass, bluegrass and Americana music from The Old Grey Dogs, while on Monday, visitors can enjoy French-style accordion music and gypsy jazz from ‘Bon Accord’ and blues from Jacksboro Highway.
Day and weekend ticket holders to the show, to be held over the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-29 May, will get free access to the evening entertainment.
Of course most people will be coming for the boats and all the bits and pieces that go with them. Don’t forget, some new boats being exhibited will be subject to a booking process for viewing, so if there’s a boat you wish to see, it’s worth contacting the builder in advance to ensure you can get a slot.
‘If you’re new to boating and want to find out more about it, there will be plenty of organisations and seminars’ ‘Ticket prices are unchanged from 2016 – children 16 and under get free entry on all three days’
As usual there will be a tent-full of exhibitors in the WW Boating Marquee and more on the quayside around the marina, including Canal Boat and The Tillergraph on stand Q41 near the marina – so do drop in and say hello. Overall, there are expected to be some 300 exhibitors.
The show will, off course, also offer boating seminars, free boat trips and children’s entertainment, arts and crafts stands and food and drinks stalls.
All aspects of boating should be well covered at the show – from boat brokers selling used boats, to insurance, finance, engines, electrical equipment and marinas. And if you’re new to boating and want to find out more about it and the waterways there will be organisations, boating seminars, and canal restoration trusts.
Now all we need is great weather!
...and plenty of narrowboats on show
Lots to tempt you in the food marquee
Boats of all sizes including widebeams...
Engines and other gear for sale
Display of historic working boats