Whats On


We are currently confirming the 2019 programme to give you an idea of the sorts of things you can expect this is what happened in 2018:

Artist Commissions

This year we have received support from Arts Council England to commission 3 original arts projects for the event:

 Jill Dowse from The Bone Ensemble will be taking visitors on A Stoke Scheherazade, a family friendly promenade performance moving around the site and taking spectators on an imaginative journey between the canals of Stoke and Basra, a tale will be woven as audiences squeeze wet clay, feel desert sand between their fingers and consider the grinding of bones. 

Performances will start at the Goodwin Ball Mill (next to the industrial museum) Saturday 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and Sunday 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Performances are limited to 20 per show (first come basis)

Image: The Bone Ensemble (Where’s My Igloo)

Rob Harrington’s Bone and Flint Boats, will see the creation of over a hundred ceramic steam boats.  Rob will inviting festival attendees to decorate these over the festival weekend before the finale launch of the boats at 3pm on the Sunday of the festival.


Natalie Brown will be creating giant textured bunting patterned with the different routes on the canal network and running some hands on workshops across the weekend.

Workshops and activities

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A Bouquet of rag-rugged flowers made by Nimble Fingers

Pop in to see Nimble Fingers to have a go at some rag-rugging and canal crafts and play some traditional games!

Have a go at some hands on clay workshops with Etruria Artists.

I See Magical Creatures UK running a workshop

I See Magical Creatures UK will be running  workshops both days of the festival, so why not pop along and make a magical creature to send on some adventures along the canal?

There will be providers offering facepainting,  Henna and glitter tattoos so now excuse for not looking as colourful as the boats at this festival!

New company KT Lala pop up and play will be there with their creative camping tent, complete with soft play for toddlers, baby chill nests, and craft make and takes. ktlalapopupandplay.wixsite.com/mysite-1


These owls will be nesting around the site, can you find them all?

These owls will be nesting around the site, can you find them all?

Have a go at the Canowl trail, pick up a trail and spot the 12 owls nesting in different places around the site

Exhibitors and Demonstrations


Majestic Owls will be bringing 10 of their beautiful birds to show

A small number of vintage engines will be on display

The Etruria Mill will be in steam 12.30-4.30pm and tours will be available

Sculpted Steel will be on-site at the forge doing blacksmith demonstrations

There will be a chance to explore a historic narrowboat

Performances and Music

There will be a programme of performances and music throughout both days. Full programme coming soon.

Roving Story-teller Ian Douglas will be entertaining visitors throughout the day and also running sessions on board his narrowboat!

Food and Drink

Titanic Brewery will be running the bar tent throughout the festival and a range of hot food will be available on site including a wood fired pizza oven and vintage baked potato oven


There will be an array of stalls selling artisan crafts, gifts, and toys as well as a number of charity and information stands