Thank you very much to everyone who came to the Etruria Boat Gathering on SATURDAY 10th and SUNDAY 11th July 2021.  We will be adding some images of this year’s event to the gallery section shortly.


On the Sunday of the event writer Maya Chowdhry invited attendees to write and record short poems and stories, celebrating water, where it has come from, where it might go. These recordings can be found on a trail along the towpath between Etruria Industrial Museum (with one end at the base of the footbridge on the Etruria site) and the other end in Hanley Park (on the bridge opposite the bandstand).

There are 7 locations to find and the trail can be done in any order!  At each location you will find an A4 sign that looks like this.

Just scan the QR code using your phone camera.



As the event is now within the extension of Covid-19 restrictions we have made some changes to make sure we can keep everyone safe. 

We are asking visitors to pre book a time slot for visiting the event this is so we can ensure social distancing on site.  Booking a time slot and entry to the event is free.  To book a slot please visit:


If you have booked separately to attend the event by completing a trader, charity or boater booking form you DO NOT NEED to book a place.  

The event will be centred around an historic narrowboat gathering, alongside family friendly activities, and a selection of craft stalls and exhibitors.

For 2021 we have made the decision to run a smaller scale of event that enables us to make sure we offer a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.  

Due to ongoing restrictions on the date of the event the activities will be a little different to previous years:

The Museum, Mill and Tea Room will NOT be open for the event, other than to provide access to the toilet facilities for baby change, disabled and carers.

Portaloo toilets will also be available on site.

There will not be a stage area.  However there will be walkabout performers and roaming musicians.

There will be food, craft and charity stalls on the main field area.

Majestic Owls will be on the main field.

With the extension of the restrictions we are not able to offer giant games/traditional games this year.

There will be free craft activities to take part in-these have been designed in the form of individual kits for households groups to take part in.  These include coil pot making, weaving, and pebble decorating.

Further details on what’s planned for each day can be found on the What’s On page and by joining the event on Facebook (search Etruria Boat Gathering 2021)

The festival is run by Etruria Canals Festival Group and B arts 

Greening Etruria Canals Festival 

The festival committee are trying to cut down on the environmental impact of the event and have worked with Keele University and Stopford Energy to help us create a sustainability plan.  As part of this we’ll be adopting some schemes (like a deposit system for cups) to try and reduce waste created by the festival and also looking at initiatives to enable more people to travel to the event by bicycle or public transport details to be confirmed nearer the time.  If you have some ideas or would like to know more please do get in touch.