30 May 2019
Today we announce that Burnley Canal Festival will not take place this year, but take a short, enforced break. We are delighted to confirm, though, that the very popular, national award-winning event will be back. Massive regeneration and change at all three key Festival sites has taken this out of our hands for 2019. We have thoroughly explored all the alternatives, in an effort to not disappoint thousands of supporters, but now we look ahead, and start to plan the next Burnley Canal Festival. With strong commitment from all our partners, and a renewed, future canalside to explore, we are confident it will be the best BCF yet.
Meanwhile, watch out for news soon of some interim family activities to help plug the BCF gap in 2019!
20 September 2018
The Festival has won a national Living Waterways Award! We were very proud to receive the award at a ceremony in Birmingham on behalf of all the partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers. The Canal & River Trust commissioned a short film for all those short listed to be shown at the ceremony. Click here to see ours.
3 August 2018
Free Family Festival Returns, with New Sponsors and a New Look. The Festival organisers are pleased to announce detailed plans as Burnley Canal Festival returns for a weekend of canalside delights. Read our press release.
20 July 2018
The wonderful weather we’ve all been enjoying is unfortunately causing some problems for the canal system. At this point we are aware that the Canal & River Trust have restricted lock use on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and will, from the end of July, close some locks. If these closures stay in place until the Festival it will affect the KENNET and some of the other boats planning to come to the Festival. Festival organisers rarely wish for rain, but we’d love it if there could be lots now and then have the brilliant sunshine back at the end of August! Much as the boats, and boaters, will be missed we will still have a fabulous Festival, with lots of other things to see and do. We’ll update this information if the situation changes.
We are delighted to announce that the Festival is a finalist in the national Living Waterways Awards! A film crew will be at the Festival to make a short film to show at the Birmingham based awards ceremony in September. Make sure you come along to the Festival and help us show the country how wonderful this aspect of Burnley is.
Great news! We will be joined for the weekend by the KENNET. KENNET is the only surviving Leeds & Liverpool Canal short boat open to the public and travelling along the canal carrying its ‘cargo’ of exhibitions and displays about the canal’s heritage. Short boats were once the prime movers of freight on the canal. Out of an original fleet of over one thousand short boats only about 30 still exist; many have moved away from the canal and the majority have been converted into leisure boats and homes. Make sure to go on board to see the fascinating exhibitions and to talk with the knowledgeable volunteers from the Leeds Liverpool Canal Society – Friends of Kennet.
Here’s our first piece of print for 2018, an A5 leaflet, we hope you like it. If you know somewhere that will display some leaflets, or the posters that will be coming soon, we’d love to hear from you. With your help we can get the word out far and wide! Please get in touch by email.
Although we didn’t win, we were delighted to be Lancashire Tourism Awards finalists for the second year running, maybe 2018 will be our year!