The wonderful weather we’ve all been enjoying is unfortunately causing some problems for boaters.  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 we realise it will stop some of you from getting to Burnley.  This is the closure map issued by C&RT, there is also a FAQ document from them about the situation.  We’ll update this information if the situation changes.

The canal boats and their owners make Burnley Canal Festival so special, we’re really looking forward to seeing lots of you again this year, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the locks will open in time.

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If you can get to us, the Festival visitors certainly enjoy seeing the boats, particularly those that take part in the Best Dressed Boat and Best Dressed Boater competitions.  We had some cracking looking boats and boaters last year, not quite sure how they are going to top that in 2018!

We would love to welcome more trading boats this year, they were certainly a big hit with visitors and kept busy in 2017.

If you’re interested in bringing your boat to the Festival (it’s FREE of course), whether to trade or solely for leisure, please get in touch if you need more information or download a booking form and return it to us and then we will send information to you.

These are a few images from the fun had in 2017.

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The Walmsleys and their boat KatieJane won both the Best Dressed Boat and Boater Competition