New festival comes to Birmingham’s canals

Regency Wharf Regency Wharf will be showing films from the Flatpack Film Festival in an outdoor cinema

A new festival will celebrate the history of Birmingham’s city centre canals and encourage people to explore the waterways.

The event, organised by the Canal & River Trust, will take place on September 16 and 17 and include fishing taster sessions, a floating market, an outdoor cinema and live music.

Peter Mathews, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Waterway Partnership, said: “Birmingham’s canals are world famous and attract thousands of tourists each year but as the charity that cares for them we really want to see local people enjoying them and reaping the benefits of this wonderful historic resource on their doorsteps."

Fishing sessions

Festival-goers will be able to venture onto a historic working narrowboat, Regency Wharf will show films from the Flatpack Film Festival in the outdoor cinema and other canal-related screenings will take place on a narrowboat moored in Gas Street Basin

A floating market moored near the Barclaycard Arena will offer food and handmade crafts, while the Canal House will have live music and outdoor activities for children.

Organised by the Canal & River Trust, in partnership with Regency Wharf and several other canalside venues, the festival will also include fishing taster sessions.

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