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Come to Crick - Britain’s biggest inland waterways show is back!

One of the most eagerly awaited events of the year for any narrowboat enthusiast is the annual Crick Boat Show on the Grand Union Canal in Northants, taking place this year over three exciting days starting on Saturday 26th May. And the whole shebang is within comfortable cruising distance of a host of Anglo Welsh bases!

As well as being the canal world’s biggest marketplace, showcasing the inland waterways industry with 300 exhibitors, the Crick Show offers a fantastic day out for all the family with dozens of boats to look around, free boat trips, live music, children’s activities, a real ale marquee, and a large variety of food and drink stalls.

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, says: "We are looking forward to welcoming people to our 2018 Crick Boat show, the UK’s largest inland waterways festival. Whether people are boating enthusiasts wanting to buy boating products and services, or just looking for a great family day out by the water, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show.”

Among the most popular activities, visitors can take a free trip out onto the water to experience the Grand Union Canal on various trip boats. Trip boats run every 10 minutes from 10.10am each day of the show and each trip lasts 30 minutes. 

Back on dry land, music lovers who cannot wait for the July premiere of the movie ‘Mamma Mia. Here We Go Again!’ can relive the magic of classic pop hits in a Sunday show at Crick featuring the UK’s number one tribute act ABBA Revival.

There will also be a number of historic and wildlife displays in the Canal & River Trust Marquee at the Show. The museums team will have a fantastic display of the historic Ellesmere Port slipway and visitors can learn about life here in the 19th century with the help of costumed characters, and meet a costumed interpreter of John Nash, the English architect responsible for the Regent’s Canal.

Since opening in 1996, Crick Marina has become one of the most sought-after marinas in the country. Its peaceful rural setting with pleasant landscaped grounds and location on a 21-mile lock-free pound, make the marina ideal for relaxed weekends afloat, yet handy for all major cruising routes. The Marina is located on the Grand Union Canal between bridges 12 and 13. Crick is 5½ miles and 7 locks from Norton Junction (on the Grand Union main line), and 17 miles and 10 locks from Foxton Bottom Lock (on the Grand Union Leicester Line).

Crick is easily reachable from several Anglo Welsh bases including Stockton, Wootton Wawen, Tardebigge and Great Haywood. We can think of no better way to visit the Crick Show than arriving by Anglo Welsh narrowboat and mooring nearby. And yes, there are reserved moorings for the Show on the main line of the Grand Union Canal for visitors who wish to come by boat. These moorings must be booked in advance and are available from Friday to Monday inclusive. We can’t wait!