Castle Wharf in Nottingham prepares for the return of the waterside celebrations of the local canals and the city’s River Trent

Organisers hope this year’s Nottingham Canal Festival on Saturday 1 October will prove even more popular than the inaugural festival last year, which saw 3,000 people take part.

On the water

So you can get a feel of the canal’s industrial heritage, historic boats from across the UK are making their way to Castle Wharf. Among them will be Whitby, an 80-year-old working boat, which transported goods around the Midlands.

To get on to the water, try a relaxing cruise or have a go at kayaking.

On the shore

There was a fun and welcoming atmosphere at the first festival, and this year will be no different. Family friendly activities, craft stalls, food and drink and live music are all on offer.

You’ll also get to meet some of the colourful characters from the canal’s industrial past as performers stroll along the towpaths.

Entry is free to Nottingham Canal Festival, running 10am to 4.30pm.

Also this weekend:

Wey & Arun Canal celebrates 200 years

Bubbles and boats at Banbury Canal Day

Walk down into the drained Long Eaton Lock this weekend

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