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Festival dates for 2018 are Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August.  See you there!

6 August 2018

16884 BCF 2018 A4_PosterThe poster has arrived!


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.

July 2018

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.

June 2018

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.

June 2018

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.

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You can download a copy here.

November 2017

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!

Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017 finalist logo SMALL TOURISM EVENT AWARD copy