Saturday 19th May 2018 will see the second Bingley Canal Festival. It follows on the success of the first one organised in October 2016. At the time, it was only intended to be a one-off event of eight days across the North of England to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the official opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This time, the festival is organised solely by the Bingley local community and we are hopeful to make it an annual feature!
Festivities all over town during Bingley Canal Festival
Banner for the Bingley Canal Festival 2018
On the day our town is really going to come to life during Bingley Canal Festival!
In the town centre, we will have both indoor and outdoor markets situated at The Arts Centre and Market square. As well as a multitude of stalls for people to view, there will be bouncy slides, trampolines, rides, hot food and bars. Then singing from 3pm with the fabulous All Together Now choir!
On the canal towpath we shall have the amazing Kennet which is coming back just for the event! Then you can meet organisations such as Canal & River Trust Explorers, Lion Learners, Canoe Trail and RNLI. There will also be free boat trips plus much more! Walkers are welcome will be hosting two walks – see details below
Our local businesses will be open for refreshments and we will have entertainment at various points across the town throughout the day.
Visit our stall on the canal towpath
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, a family one with a 10am meeting at the Buttercross and then one at 11.30am, meeting outside the train station. More details below:
The Family Walk
This walk will pretty much follow the Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk, but in reverse!
When: Saturday 19th May – 10:00am
Buttercross on Market Square
Price: £ 0.00 – It’s free!
Walk Leader: Cedric Farineau
A Fred Hoyle Walk
Our walk leader Linda will take you on one of the three Fred Hoyle Walks we have produced earlier this year!
When: Saturday 19th May – 11:30am
Bingley Railway Station
Price: £ 0.00 – It’s free!
Walk Leader: Linda Howell
Locations of the activities during the day
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.
The success of the first Bingley Canal Festival
On Sunday 16th October 2016, the floating museum Kennet, an old working boat passed through Bingley Five Rise Locks accompanied by a flotilla of boats. This was to re-enact as much as possible of the razzamatazz that accompanied the very first complete crossing in 1816. It was 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 provided a particularly good location, given the period of travel from the bottom of the 3-Rise to the top of the 5-Rise. Thousands of people turned up on the day and the event was a great success!