Chesterfield Canal Festival
THE Chesterfield Canal Trust will hold its Festival at Staveley Town Basin on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June.
This will take place from from 10am to 5 pm with free parking nearby with parking for the disabled on site. The whole site is accessible to wheelchairs.
Free entertainment will include music, dance and street theatre all day, both in the big marquee and outside by the lock.
The trust’s development manager will be holding Question and Answer sessions in the marquee about the plans for the restoration of the canal.
The above image shows a previous show and the one below the Swing Commanders.]
In addition, there will be Birds of Prey, Children’s rides, Water Walking Balls, Bumper Boats, Spinning Bumper Carz, Newfoundland Rescue Dogs, Wildlife groups, Face painting, Craft stalls, Charity stalls, lots of Food stalls and a Real Ale bar.
There will be separate concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 7.30 p.m. Friday will see the return of the ever-popular Swing Commanders, whilst Saturday will feature Chesterfield’s own WonderWhys.
Tickets for both concerts are available from the Chesterfield Canal Trust website.
All trip boats in action
All four of the trust’s trip boats will be in action. Two of them have wheelchair lifts. Pleasley Vale Canoe & Activity Club will be running canoeing. Children will be able to have a go on a mini-digger.
Admission will be £6, free for Under 16s. There will be on site parking, food stalls and a Real Ale bar.
On Monday 26th June, there will be a flotilla of all four trip boats from Staveley Basin right up the canal to Tapton and back, with stops at Hollingwood Hub and Tapton Lock, covering 10 miles and 12 locks.
On Tuesday 27th June, there will be a What, Where and When Restoration Walk to show how the canal’s route looks at present before the major restoration works start next year.
The trust is very grateful to Markham Vale and Derbyshire County Council for giving permission to use the site.