Lancaster 200 events in the pipeline

SOME of the central activities for the commemoration of the Lancaster Canal bicentenary have now been announced.

This year marks 200 years since the completion of the main line of the Lancaster Canal and a gala week will be held from May 5 to 10.

This will include free boat trips and will use the horse-drawn boat from Barton Grange Marina. 

The IWA Trail Boat Festival will take place from June 1 to 3, with nine boats already entered.

A Lanc200 celebration event is proposed for June 22, though the date still has to be confirmed.

Alongside these specific events there are a number of ongoing activities. CRT will be undertaking a milestone replacement, similar to the one they completed on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for its bicentenary. They will also be launching a photographic competition with a view to establishing some pop-up galleries for the top 20 to 30 selected pictures.Still under discussion is the possibility of undertaking a Lancaster Canal journey, carrying a commemorative piece of coal, in the shape of a narrowboat, the length of the original route of the canal. Depending upon timing, it is hoped that this will coincide with Kennet’s open day at the bottom of Johnson’s Hillock Locks.

In addition to these purposely arranged events and activities it is hoped to make the Lancaster Canal a feature of other on-going local events, such as the Garstang Walking Festival, Light Up Lancaster and the Kendal Torchlight Procession. The Preston Harris gallery is interested in hosting an exhibition looking at the original line of the Lancaster Canal through the city of Kendal.

As details are still emerging, a website has been set up as part of the CRT North West pages to provide current plans and progress. See