‘Ouse cruise’ at­tracts 100 boats

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Our pic­tures show just some of 100 boats from across the wa­ter­ways net­work which con­verged on St Neots on the Great Ouse over the Au­gust bank hol­i­day for the In­land Wa­ter­way As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter.

The event at­tracted thou­sands of vis­i­tors, with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing boat trips, ca­noe­ing and pad­dle board­ing taster ses­sions, live mu­sic, canal so­ci­ety dis­plays and craft stalls, classic cars, and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. But the Fes­ti­val had an im­por­tant wa­ter­ways cam­paign role too. It fo­cused at­ten­tion on two pro­pos­als for build­ing new links to im­prove the con­nec­tiv­ity of these wa­ter­ways which are at the end of a long and round­about route from many parts of the net­work: these are the Bed­ford & Mil­ton Keynes Wa­ter­way (see the ar­ti­cle in our Septem­ber is­sue) and the Fens Link, which was re­launched at St Neots as the Bos­ton to Peter­bor­ough Wet­land Cor­ri­dor (see our ma­jor fea­ture on page 60). In the shorter term, IWA used the event to push for bet­ter Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s wa­ter­ways in­clud­ing the Great Ouse.

Next year’s Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter is head­ing for Waltham Abbey on the River Lee, once again over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

Boats at the St Neots IWA Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter

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