Canal festival celebrates waterways networks

The annual Moira Canal Festival will return for its 17th year over the weekend of 27-28 May at the historic, Grade II listed Moira Furnace on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

The festival will take place on the restored length of the Ashby Canal and will host the Inland Waterways Association’s National Trailboat Festival for a real celebration of the small boats of Britain’s waterways.

The festival aims to raise awareness of and money for the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal that was completed in 1804 to serve the coalfield of South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire.

It is now being restored from its current terminus at Snarestone to Moira, Leicestershire. The project will ultimately reconnect Measham, Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Moira to the national waterways network.

The festival is supported by Ashby Canal Trust, the National Forest, CONKERS, the Inland Waterways Association and Leicestershire County Council.

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