Bingley Canal Festival 2020

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Thanks to everyone who came to our beautiful town to enjoy the fantastic Bingley Canal Festival in 2018. We are now pleased to announce that the 3rd edition will be on Saturday 13th June 2020. More details to come in the coming weeks. Hope to see you again on our stall by the canal towpath!

Please note: in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, this event may be cancelled. Check the organiser’s facebook page

What happened in 2018?

Saturday 19th May 2018 saw the second Bingley Canal Festival. It followed 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. Now, the festival is organised solely by the Bingley local community and it has became a bi-annual feature! Read bellow for what happened in 2018.

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Festivities all over town during Bingley Canal Festival

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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!

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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
Main Street
West Yorkshire
BD16 2LZ

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
Wellington Street
West Yorkshire
BD16 2NA

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!

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