EACH year more than 250 canal boat industry exhibitors converge at Crick Marina for Britain’s biggest inland waterway showcase, the Crick Boat Show.
After two difficult years for live events, the show is due to return to full strength with more than 26,000 visitors expected to attend. This year it will take place across the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend, June 3-5.
Crick Boat Show offers a fantastic day out with dozens of boats to view, free boat trips, free advice seminars on boat ownership, live music, children’s activities, a real ale marquee and a large variety of food and drink stalls.
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The event is organised by Waterways World in association with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina. CRT national boating manager Matthew Symonds said: “Every year Crick Boat Show celebrates Britain’s fantastic network of canals and rivers. This year we will be celebrating the Canal & River Trust’s 10th anniversary, looking back at what the charity has achieved alongside its volunteers, boaters and partners, since its formation in 2012.”
Show director Peter Johns said: “For three days Crick Boat Show becomes Britain’s largest chandlery when almost 300 exhibitors bring together the complete range of equipment and materials for inland boating.
“Our extra Trade & Preview Day on Thursday, June 2 offers a maximum of 1000 pre-booked visitors the opportunity to talk in depth with companies offering equipment and services for inland boating and to see the boats before everyone else.”
Tickets for the Thursday are only available in advance, priced at £25 each and give visitors access to an exclusive online bookings system for boat viewings on the preview day. They will also receive a gift bag and a free hot drink. The bookings system will open in early May.
For each of the three public days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3-5, adult advance tickets cost £15.30, offering a saving up to 15% on the entry price of £18 on the gate; entry for children aged 16 and under is free. Three-day adult tickets are £40 on the gate, £34 in advance.
Camping pitch prices start at £45 for one night for a 6m x 6m pitch for a tent and car. Mooring costs start at £1.50 per foot.
For more information and to book tickets, camping pitches and moorings, visit www.crickboatshow.com or call 01283 742970, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. Advance ticket sales close on Friday, May 27.
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