Volunteers step in ahead of The Festival of Water at Becket’s Park in Northampton

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Boaters arriving and departing from IWA’s Northampton Festival of Water over the August Bank Holiday weekend will find it plain sailing through the 17 locks on the four-mile long Northampton Arm connecting the Grand Union Canal with the River Nene in Northampton.

Volunteers will be on hand to ensure the smooth transit of boats and maintain the water supply for boats attending the Festival from Monday August 24 onwards and again afterwards for those returning.

The Festival of Water, based at Becket’s Park on the waterside, on August 29th-31st, will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton Arm in 1815 and will feature an array of attractions on and off the water with plenty to do for everyone.

In the riverside park there will be a trade show, exhibitions, waterway talks, live music, comedy an dance, food an drink, children’s rides and other activities.

On the water will be a raft of leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, and a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, sailboats, windsurfers and ribs with opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and water taxis.

And, of course, there will be the usual boaters events such as boat handling, the Westbridge Challenge (a chance to visit the lesser known back waters of Northampton), barbecue, boaters bar, quizzes and an illuminated boat parade, all culminating in an awards ceremony and boaters auction on Monday.

More information about IWA’s Northampton Festival of Water including Booking Forms and What’s On can be found at www.waterways.org.uk/festivalofwater