Whats On

The theme for 2021 is Witness Waters, so you can expect lots of water-y themed activities and performances.

Artist Commissions

This year we have received support from Arts Council England to commission 3 original arts projects for the event, all exploring the idea of water as witness in some way:

Aquatic Sound Garden

Sound artist Dan Fox (https://www.danfox.net) will invite attendees to listen in on the secret sounds of the underwater world.  

Ever wondered what it sounds like under the water under the ice or the bottom of a lake or inside a canal? Now is your chance!

The sound garden will feature a range of watery soundscapes from around the world-as well as give visitors a chance to listen in to live to the underwater world of the canal using a hydrophone. 

The Garden is in ‘The triangle’ next to Etruria Industrial Museum and will be open 11am-5pm both days.

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Image: shows Dan Fox at the 2019 Etruria Canals Festival with his Solar Cymatics Sound Lab, Photo Credit: Natalie Willatt.

Boats meet Bollywood! Sunday Only (and online)

Dance Artist Parul Gupta has created a water themed choreography for the event

Bollywood dance artist Parul Gupta will lead drop in Bollywood Dance workshops.  Drop in to learn a simple water themed routine at the following times on Sunday 11th July:

We are hoping to run a socially distanced Bollywood Flash Mob at 4pm on the Sunday. 
You can also join in a workshop by zoom booking information here: 
If you missed the workshops you can find the video tutorials here:
(Detained Video with Counts and Music)
(What the routine looks like once put together)


ART BRASIL will be on-site running drop CAPOEIRA workshops on the main field, starting at 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm.
Capoeira is a unique physical game which combines elements of dance, martial-arts, acrobatics, singing and drumming. Practised all over the world by children and adults alike, it’s a great way to explore movement playfully and have fun with kicks, spins, cartwheels and jumping around.

Workshops and activities

Nimble Fingers and The Boat Group Canal Crafts and Traditional Games

Free drop in-by the bridge 11-5pm daily

Pop in to see Nimble Fingers to have a go at some weaving (household kits available) or chase the giant bubbles.  

Etruria Artist’s — Make a Clay coil pot

Drop in session 11-5pm

Pick up some clay from Etruria Artists and they’ll show you how to make a coil pot…


Space to Connect – Pebble Decorating
Volunteers from the Space to Connect Group will be inviting attendees to use paint pens to decorating a water themed pebble – either to take home or to hide for someone else to find.
You can find out more about Space to Connect here: https://www.b-arts.org.uk/spacetoconnect

Canowl Trail

Have a go at the Canowl trail, pick up a trail and spot the 12 owls nesting in different places around the site. Pick up the form from the information gazebo at the foot of the white bridge to win your own mini owl!

Exhibitors and Demonstrations

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

Sculpted Steel (http://sculptedsteel.co.uk) Award winning blacksmith Charis Jones from Sculpted Steel will be doing demonstrations in the on-site forge.

Visitors will have a chance to come aboard historic boats Keppel and Swift


Once Upon a Time, there was a boat gathering with not one but two fabulous storytellers…
Alan Barrett storyteller and poet, will be telling stories from around the world at quarter past every hour on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the event and invites you all to to come and be entertained. Booing, cheering and aahhhhing are encouraged.
Ian Douglas-Storyteller will be returning on Sunday 11th only, at 11.30am and 4pm he’ll be telling tales from Canal Folklore (best suited to an adult audience) and at 12.30pm and 2.30pm he’ll be telling stories for children and families
There’s more! Festival regulars may know Ian Douglas-Storyteller has been working to uncover the stories of real people who lived and worked on Britain’s canals and the book is now out (and features murder, mysteries, devils and oatcakes!) https://www.hive.co.uk/…/Folk-Tales-from-the…/24107926



Stoke-On-Trent’s very own performance duo Scratch and Sniff will be out and about offering alternative guides of the site along with the wonderful Tomorrow’s Garden Performers Group.  Around site 11-5pm daily.  Look out for some watery antics!






Roving Music

On Saturday 10th July listen out for the Boat Band who will be roving around site between 1-4pm. The Boat Band regularly play for sea, river, canal and lake festivals throughout the UK and beyond. They have also played seventeen times at Glastonbury Festival, where there no waterways but often a great deal of very wet mud. They have played many times at Etruria before, and are looking forward immensely to doing so again. (Image Credit: Duncan Bourne)

Food and Drink

Lymestone Brewery will be running the bar tent throughout the festival and a range of hot food will be available on site including Thai, BBQ, candy floss and ice cream.


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