Party time as canal turns 200

Sheffield & Tinsley Canal is turning 200 – and everyone is invited to its Big Birthday Bash.

On February 22, 1819, 60,000 people watched the first boats travel along the brand new Sheffield Canal, and exactly 200 years later it’s time to celebrate.

The event takes place on Friday, February 22, 11am until late, at the city’s Victoria Quays.

The beautiful Victoria Quays. PHOTO: CRT

Here’s what Canal & River Trust has planned so far:

11am- 3pm: Drop into Victoria Quays and let the kids be transported back in time on a whirlwind adventure with @RusticusArts; warm yourselves up in a cosy quayside igloo with crafts and games…. and dance away with a silent disco for all ages!

Don’t miss the main spectacle at 1.30pm, when a flotilla of brightly-coloured boats will arrive into Victoria Quays, recreating that first ever journey on the canal. 

4.30-7.30pm: In the warmth of the giant igloo, travel back to 1819 with a performance like no other. Take a seat and watch as the history of the canal is unveiled with a giant storybook and live actors (four performances, suitable for accompanied children, timings and booking available soon). 

7:30-9pm: Enjoy a drink in the Dorothy Pax bar and marvel at the fire dancers on the quayside. 

9pm: Dance the night away at a silent disco as a DJ keeps the music going (booking available soon).

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