What’s On

We’ll be back on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2018.  We’ll add details as things are confirmed. Watch this space for details…

“Smiling faces everywhere.”



  • Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, Bhangra beats and pop songs (you’ve not heard ABBA until you’ve heard these guys play it!) these vividly costumed artists will bring to Burnley the joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.  If you saw them last time you know how much fun they are to watch and listen to, dancing to this uplifting music is practically unavoidable!  Saturday only – don’t miss (times tbc)
  • Burnley Alliance Silver Band (times tbc)
  • Free drop in arts and crafts workshops
  • Picnic area and street food stalls
  • Try out a canoe with a taster session from the Desmond Family Canoe Trail.  There will also be the opportunity to go on longer guided trips for those who fancy paddling further afield! 
  • Charity and information stalls
  • Folk and World Music stage on both days
  • The Towpath Explorers (T.EX) will be back and will need your help. Join them on a FREE adventure for all the family and explorers of all ages…  (11am-4pm both days)
  • Family favourite Punch & Judy (times tbc)
  • Best Dressed Boat & Best Dressed Boater competitions (Sunday)
  • Boat trips along the canal on the waterbus, Ruby (There will be a small charge to cover costs.)
  • See the Old Lanky Boaters with Whimbrel and ‘Captain Jack’! (Sunday)
  • See the wonderful narrowboats who join us for the weekend.

And you can visit:

  • The Weavers’ Triangle Visitors’ Centre (11am-4pm each day). Make sure you take time to visit the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre during the Festival. Step into the past with a Victorian schoolroom, an Edwardian bathroom and an authentic weaver’s dwelling – you can even have a go at weaving yourself! Fun awaits the whole family with a children’s corner, winding trails and tricky quizzes. You can also visit the Oak Mount Mill Engine House which houses a steam engine dating from 1887. The engine is now operated by an electric motor and can be seen in action on special occasions – like the Festival
  • Oak Mount Mill Engine House (times tbc)
  • The Bobbin Cafe next to Oak Mount Mill (times tbc)

(All information subject to change.)