The Canal & River Trust Marquee
Set up to care for a 2,000-mile network of waterways in England and Wales, the Canal & River Trust is now one of the UK's biggest charities.
A number of historic and wildlife displays and activities take place within the Canal & River Trust Marquee at the show.
In 2016, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley, the Canal and River Trust museums team's display centred on the life of the canal pioneer. Heritage experts gave information and answered questions about Brindley's incredible achievements in canal engineering. There were opportunities to see live demonstrations of heritage skills and to have a go yourself!
Building on the Brindley theme, there was plenty to keep children (and big kids!) busy, with large 'build a bridge' and 'build a canal' activities, as well as mini bridge building kits for the kids to take home.
The fisheries and angling team can tell you about angling along the network and help you find out about canal-dwelling fish. Get up close to some common canal fish such as roach, perch, bream and tench.
The environment team provide information about invasive and protected species living in and near Britain's canals. They also entertain and educate on the theme of ducks, with healthy 'quack snacks' available and a floating duck making activity.
In addition to the wildlife and heritage features are teams from the Canal and River Trust Boating and South East Waterway. They share lots of ideas on fun days out and hand out waterway and activity maps. If you're thinking about buying your first boat, need to renew your licence and want to see how the new online system works, or you're considering starting a boating business, come and have a chat with the Boating Team.