The Etruria Canals Festival is back for 2016 and will be taking place Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016 10am-5pm.  The event is free to attend.

This year the event will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of canal pioneer James Brindley’s birth and the 250th anniversary of cutting the first sod of the Trent and Mersey Canal.

To help us celebrate Ray Johnson will be performing his one man show, James Brindley: Canals, Chalk and Cheese, a tribute to James Brindley, through the words and writings of Brindley’s great friend Josiah Wedgwood at 11am and 1.30pm on both days of the festival.

The Boat Band and Clay Chorus will be playing some songs and tunes appropriate to Brindley’s vision of a Grand Cross  canal system linking Stoke to the sea, via Hull, London, Bristol and Liverpool

Local artist Kate Lynch will be selling specially designed commemorative ceramic badges.

Alongside this there will be lots of family friendly activities:

EXPLORE the historic narrowboats at the largest local boat gathering, including a chance to come aboard historic boats Lindsey and Keppel. Get to know the site really well by taking part in the Can-owl trail!

TAKE PART in hands on clay workshops with Etruria Artists and Middleport Pottery, try some rag-rugging with Nimble fingers, make a magical creature with I see Magical Creatures or have a go at some tribal dancing with Zazu Tribal dance.

LISTEN to roving storyteller Ian Douglas, or head along to hear some ‘bands on a boat’ between 3-5pm

BROWSE the artisan, craft, charity and information stalls

REFRESH yourself in the Lymestone Brewery Beer tent or the museum tea room

VISIT Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill in steam 12.30-4.30pm each day of the festival (usual charges apply)