THOUSANDS of people flocked to the annual Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival, held at Crick Marina over the weekend.
The event, the country’s largest inland waterways show, included more than 200 stalls, craft and food marques, children’s activities, musical entertainment and the chance to climb aboard a variety of boats on display.
Mark Stew and Karen Turner travelled from Swindon to the event to do some research.
Karen said: “This is the first boat show we’ve ever been to. We’re looking to buy a narrow boat as a retirement project in the future and this has certainly inspired us.
“We’ve loved it. We did everything on Saturday but decided to come back today again to let everything sink in.
“We went on a little cruise yesterday which was great fun and we managed to pick the brain of someone who has been on the water for years and has such huge knowledge. We went in all the boats and stopped off at the display tents.”
Jenny and Damon Hadaway attended the show with their three children and some friends.
Jenny said: “We are visiting some friends who live locally and they suggested we come here for the day. It’s great so far. We’ve just been to see Peppa Pig and have stopped off to try out some of the circus skills. We’re going to go and see the boats later and have a bit more of a look round.”
Organisers hailed the success of the three-day event, which they said had attracted more visitors than before.
Peter Johns, event manager, said: “It’s Waterways World’s first year organising this event and we’re delighted with its success. We had more than 7,000 visitors through the door on the first day of the show on Saturday. As the increased visitor numbers show the public have been extremely keen to get involved in the waterways at this year’s event.
“There has been a very positive response from visitors – both those visiting the show from Northamptonshire as well as much further afield, including some from abroad.”
The Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival ends today. Visit www.crickboatshow.com.