About

All smiles for BCF22!
Sunday 28th August – 11am to 5pm – Finsley Gate Wharf
We are back!

Launched in 2012, the Canal Festival has developed each year, steered by volunteers and supported by partners.  We’ve had to take time out for the last three years, but we are BACK, and we hope you will join us.

In 2022 we are bringing you a one day FREE Family Friendly Festival from our new home at the beautifully restored Finsley Gate Wharf.

(See How to Find Us page for location details.)

We’re back with a small but beautifully formed Festival Programme, including a music stage, have-a-go free workshops, performances, fascinating characters to meet, chances to get on the water, a Towpath Explorers adventure, a Golden Barge and much more…

A wide range of delicious food and drink will be available from the Sawmill Cafe.

The Festival is now part of the Super Slow Way arts programme and is managed by Mid Pennine Arts.

Look out for regular updates on this website and our Facebook page.

Brillant day at the Canal Festival today. We were there for four hours and didn’t get round to everything. Our children want to go back tomorrow to finish it off! A real credit to the organisers.”  Festival attender, 2018

The best family event I have ever been to! We had the best day ever, lots of laughs, great chat, mega fun! We will be back! “