Photo of the Norbury Canal Festival from the Shropshire Star

Festival to be revived following two-year break

A WATERWAYS charity is able to run an event for the first time in two years following the easing of Covid restrictions.

Photo of the Norbury Canal Festival from the Shropshire Star
Photo of the Norbury Canal Festival from the Shropshire Star

The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust is staging the Norbury Canal Festival at Norbury Junction over the first May Bank Holiday from April 30-May 2. The event is free and opens at 10 am daily until 4pm and can be found by using postcode ST20 0PN.

Expect boats, boats and more boats that will be moored along about a kilometre of the Shropshire Union Canal and will be selling food, gifts, arts, crafts and more… Expect activities and street food, entertainment, boat trips and displays about the work to restore the Shrewsbury & Newport canals.

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There will be children’s entertainment in the Junction Inn’s garden field including a bouncy castle, face painting and more. And at Sunday at 2pm there will be the traditional church service on Norbury Wharf.

Bainton & Berkhampstead, a working pair of historic boats that are undergoing restoration, will be present for visitors to see and speak to the volunteers that are doing this important work.

The Junction Inn and Norbury Wharf Ltd will once again be supporting the event with plenty to eat and drink, a narrowboat trip, or a longer cruise on the 42-seat Shropshire Star where you can eat and drink aboard. Both businesses will have live music through Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings.

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Car parking is free and adjacent to the canal.

It will be a great family day out and you will be helping to restore our local canal network all the way from Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury.

For further information please email norburyfestival@gmail.com or find it on Facebook.

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