‘Ouse cruise’ attracts 100 boats
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