Bingley Canal Festival is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the full opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
|What: Bingley Canal Festival|
|When: Sunday 16th October 2016 – 10:00am to 3:30pm|
|Meet: Various locations in town: Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Locks Towpath –|
Market Square – Bingley Arts Centre
A little bit of history
First conceived in 1766, construction work on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal began in 1770. On 21st March 1774, Bingley Five Rise Locks and Three Rise Locks were officially opened. A crowd of more than 30,000 people turned up for the occasion. By 1777, the two end sections of the canal were open. But the money then ran out and work almost stopped until 1790. The final section was finally completed in 1816, 39 years after the opening of the Bingley section. The first complete crossing of the Canal set off on October 22 1816 and took five days to make the passage from Leeds to Liverpool.
Re-enacting the event
On Sunday 16th October 2016, the floating museum Kennet, an old working boat recently refurbished will be passing through Bingley Five Rise Locks accompanied by a flotilla of boats. This is to re-enact as much as possible of the razzamatazz that accompanied the very first complete crossing in 1816. This included local brass bands ringing of local church bells, and (even) the firing of cannon. Bingley Canal Festival has been organised by the local community to celebrate this important historical event.
This is part of an eight day crossing organised by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society with stops at various location along the full length of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Bingley provides a particularly good location, given the period of travel from the bottom of the 3-Rise to the top of the 5-Rise.
Festivities all over town during Bingley Canal Festival
On the day our town is really going to come to life during Bingley Canal Festival! We will have both indoor and outdoor markets situated at The Arts Centre and Market square with a multitude of stalls for people to view. Our local businesses will be open for refreshments and we will have entertainment at various points across the town throughout the day. The canal tow paths will also have stalls and entertainment throughout the day!
Visit our stall on top of Five-Rise locks
This is going to be a fabulous celebration for the town and Bingley Walkers are Welcome is officially part of it. Hope you can make it and please come to our stall on the day!
Go for a walk with us!
We will organise two walks on the day starting both from the Buttercross on Market Square. Meet at 11.30am where you will have the choice to join either a History Walk or a Family Walk.