Free Boat Trips
At Crick Boat Show, visitors can take a free trip out onto the water to experience the Grand Union Canal on one of our trip boats. Trip boats run every 10 minutes from 10.10am each day of the show and each trip lasts 30 minutes.
All trips are run by LNBP Community Boating who will be collecting small donations.
This is a popular attraction, so we advise that you book your free trip at the Trip Boats Marquee on the Quayside soon after you arrive at the show.
Find out more about LNBP Community Boating
Boat Handling Taster Courses
If you have been hankering to own a canal boat or try a boating holiday but are nervous about how to navigate the waterways, the Boat Handling Taster Sessions at the Crick Boat Show 2019 are an ideal way to build confidence and get a feel for what’s involved. They are also useful for anyone who may want to refresh their skills after a break from boating. Hour-long sessions will be taking place throughout the weekend, expertly led by RYA accredited trainers, Watercraft and Narrow Boat Skills Centre.
Sessions will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The boat trainer will talk you through the basics of casting off, mooring up, boat etiquette, rope handling, breaking down boat jargon as well as the dreaded lock navigation! There’ll be an opportunity to take the tiller and steer the boat under the supervision of an experienced boater.
The training boats can accommodate up to four people at once, so you, your partner or family (children must be aged 12 and over) can experience it all at the same time.
Boat Handling Taster Places are extremely limited, so advance booking is recommended.
Whether you're just considering getting afloat, a novice or a seasoned boater, there is a seemingly endless amount to be learnt about boat ownership and boating. Mark Langley, Techincal Editor of Waterways World, hosts a series of seminars to support both new and experienced boaters.
Seminars will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The seminars are designed to cover the most pertinent questions to consider when buying a new or used boat, selling a boat and ensuring your boat is well maintained to avoid problems.
For more information on these talks use the button below.
All talks are followed by an open question and answer session.
A full Seminar TImetable will be available closer to the date of the Show
Guarantee your front row seats at the Waterways World Seminars
The seminars at Crick Boat Show are completely free to attend. However, as the seminars can get very busy you can guarantee a seat near the front of the Seminar Theatre by reserving a place at the Show Information Point for a nominal fee of £1. Bookings can be made ONLY ON THE DAY of the seminar, and are on a first-come, first-served basis and close 20 minutes before the Seminar starts.
NEW FOR 2019
Trade & Preview Day – Friday 24 May
Exclusive early access to the show and a booking system for boat viewings on Friday!
For just 1,000 pre-booked visitors and invited, qualifying boating/waterways related businesses, the gates to Crick Boat Show will open a day early.
To celebrate the 20th Crick Boat Show, we have introduced a new Trade & Preview Day to precede the usual three-day event. This exclusive day will take place on Friday 24 May. Tickets are only available by booking in advance and will not be available on the gate - so book now to make sure you’re one of the 1,000.
Give yourself the best chance to talk in-depth with quayside exhibitors and most other boating businesses, and to see the boats you really want to, before everyone else. Preview Day ticket holders will have exclusive access to a booking system for viewing boats on the Friday, available in 15-minute slots, and available in advance of the show from April 2019. If you’re thinking about buying a boat, or looking for products for your existing boat, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Plus, to make your time at Crick extra special, we’ll give you access to the VIP marquee, a free hot drink and a gift bag on arrival on Friday.
The show will open for Preview Day ticket holders from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday.
Preview Day tickets include:
• Exclusive access: beat the crowds for a less hurried time speaking to key exhibitors
• VIP Marquee access
• Free hot drink
• Gift bag on arrival
• Exclusive on-line booking system for boat viewings on Friday 24 May. This will open in April 2019 when all boats at the Show are confirmed.
Trade registrations will open in February 2019.
If you are a boating or waterway-related businesses, do not already receive emails about Crick Boat Show, and you wish to apply for Trade Tickets to Trade & Preview Day on Friday 24 May, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your company name and brief information about your business.
For pre-registered Trade visitors, the Show will be open 10am – 6pm.
All trade visitors will require formal accreditation in advance and will be issued individual name badges.
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.
There will be a number of displays and activities in the Canal & River Trust Marquee at the Show.
The museums team will have a fantastic display and visitors can learn about life on the canal in 19th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to see (and join in with!) apprentices demonstrating lime mortaring and brickwork skills live as they build a stone wall over the course of the weekend.
Find out about canal-dwelling fish with Canal & River Trust’s fisheries and angling team, who will be on hand to tell you all about angling along the network, including info on how to get involved. You’ll also be able to get up close to some common canal fish such as roach, perch, bream and tench in a large tank. On top of that, we will also have a display of heritage fishing tackle.
The environment team will have information and activities about the wildlife living in and near Britain’s canals.. Learn more about volunteering with the trust and see a display tank about canal water pollution. Our water management team will be there with their special canal flume to demonstrate how we manage water levels on the network.
There will be plenty more things to keep children (and big kids!) busy, with colouring in, a sticker trail and traditional roses and castles painting with CanalArts where you can paint a rose onto a wooden spoon to take home.
The boating team will also be on hand to answer any questions. So, if you’re thinking about buying your first boat, need to renew your licence, considering starting a boating business or have any other questions, come along and have a chat.
You can find out more about Canal & River Trust in this short video:
Each year several historic boats make the journey to be part of Crick Boat Show. These are the boats that were on display in 2018. The boats can be found at the far side of the Marina, in berths F49-53.
A Small Northwich motor boat by W.J. Yarwood, Sculptor was built in 1935. It was registered on 5th May 1936 and its cabin was described as a dwelling to accommodate 'three persons or man, woman and two children'. It was paired with butty Toucan and delivered to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company as part of a fleet of 12 pairs. Sculptor and Toucan began their cargo carrying days taking general goods from the Midlands to London.
Sculptor was commissioned by the Ministry of War Transport department in 1943 to be used as a fire fighting facility based on the Grand Union Canal in Greenford, Middlesex. The alterations made to accommodate pumps are still evident on its hull.
After the end of the war Sculptor was returned to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company and in 1948, when the canals were nationalised, was passed to the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive's South Eastern Carrying Fleet where extensive work was carried out on the boat's bottom and keelson. Shortly after it became a maintenance boat for the Engineering Department at Northwich. Its engine was replaced in 1960 with a 2-cylinder air-cooled Lister HB2 diesel engine.
Sculptor retired from the maintenance fleet in 1985 and was restored at Ellesmere Port, returning to its Grand Union Canal Carrying Company black and red wartime livery. Since 1986 the boat has been located at the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne as a floating exhibit. In 2012 it was re-bottomed with a wooden hull and is now one of very few composite boats in existence.
Sculptor is maintained by Friends of the Canal Museum who take it to events to help publicise their work. The Friends will be at the Crick Boat Show to talk to visitors about the history of the boat and canal carrying.
Sagitta (Latin for 'Arrow') was built in 1935 by Yarwoods of Northwich on the River Weaver and was delivered to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Limited. By early 1944, Sagitta was no longer in service and upon investigation, the boat was found to be in a very poor state, partly sunk and without an engine. In 1948, on nationalisation, British Waterways took over Sagitta and changed the livery to their blue and delivered cargo including coal and then in 1974 became part of the British Waterways maintenance fleet.
In 1991, Sagitta was taken over by Staffordshire County Council who converted the hold into a floating classroom, moved the engine and repainted the boat. Paired up with the butty, Carina, Sagitta attended events around the Staffordshire canals, for education on water safety and the history of the canal system. Around 2003, the boat was put into British Waterways' Heritage Fleet and was taken to events on the BCN by the 'Friends of the Working Boats'. Dudley Canal Trust took over the responsibility of Sagitta in 2009, with the intention of taking the boat to canal rallies around the country, promoting the history and aims of the Trust as well as their boat trips into the Dudley Tunnel and Limestone Mines. That year, work to return the boat to its original 1935 GUCCC colours and livery was completed.
Sagitta is moored just outside the Black Country Living Museum when not touring.
Nutfield & Raymond
Raymond was built on Barlow's Dock in Braunston in 1958 and was the last wooden working boat to be built in the UK. It was launched the same year, in the hands of Arthur and Rose Bray and Rose's son, Ernie Kendall. Nutfield was built in 1936 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons of Northwich, for the Grand Union company.
Picture: Summer 1969, Winkwell top lock. Rose Bray on board Raymond
The two boats were brought together by Blue Line in 1968 when the aging motor boat, Roger was replaced by the ex-GUCCCo Nutfield. Following the contraction in the use of the waterways, eventually only one contract remained for the pair: the delivery of coal from Warwickshire to the jam factory of Kearley & Tonge Ltd, in Southall. This too came to an end in 1970 with the closure of the factory and, with it, the era of cargo carrying on the canals.
After the end of the 'Jam 'Ole' contract, Nutfield was sold and used as a passenger trip boat. The Brays continued to live in Raymond for many years, eventually passing it on to Jim & Doris Collins. By 1993, Raymond had deteriorated to the point of sinking and was towed away for eventual restoration.
The Friends of Raymond was formed in 1996 and took over ownership and responsibility for Raymond, which was in such poor condition that it had to be dismantled in situ at the Black Country Museum. In 2000, Phil Babb completed a total rebuild and, for several years, the restored boat was shown around the canals in its original Barlow's livery. In 2003, the Friends also acquired Nutfield and reunited one of the last pairs to work on our canals. Raymond was repainted in Blue Line colours in 2007 and now awaits a complete repaint. Restoration of Nutfield is progressing slowly, as funds become available, but is now resplendent in the old Blue Line livery from 1968.
Find out more about Nutfield and Raymond at The Friends of Raymond website
Dover is an historic converted large Woolwich narrowboat, and something of a one-off. She started life as part of the Grand Union Canal Co’s fleet in 1937, but in 2005 became a TV star in an ITV series about creating a narrowboat fitted out in a modern style with a difference.
The exterior retains its original working craft look with a boatman’s cabin and engine room with Russell Newbery vintage twin-cylinder diesel and the rest under canvas. However, beneath that canvas is a modern living area lined out in oak with extensive glazing, which allows in masses of light when the cleverly installed canvas sections are rolled up.
Crick Beer Festival
Following the enormous success of previous years, Crick pub, The Wheatsheaf, will once again provide the Crick Boat Show with a beer festival in the bar marquee. For 2019 there is a new selection from independent suppliers from around Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
Music Headliners 2019
Crick is proud to be Britain's biggest inland waterways festival, but the Crick experience wouldn't be complete without the full weekend of music entertainment. Enjoy a wide selection of music performed live in the Wheatsheaf Marquee from noon 'til night and this year.
Entry for the evening entertainment is included in the price of your ticket - making a trip to Crick incredible value for money.
Saturday 25 May
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
Join us on Saturday evening to see one of the UK’s most popular live touring bands, Los Pacaminos, play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbison.
This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as Crick becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!
Los Pacaminos features Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK's premier pedal steel player).
Sunday 26 May
Dolly and the Moonshine Runners
A Tribute to Dolly Parton
Get ready for a sensational night celebrating the music of one of the most iconic country stars of all time - The Queen of Country that is Dolly Parton. Backed by her exceptionally talented live band The Moonshine Runners, this show is certainly not one to be missed!
Dolly and The Moonshine Runners will take you on a foot-stomping, thigh-slapping journey through five decades of musical genius. Each song tells a story. With songs from Dolly’s ‘dirt poor’ years including Dumb Blonde, Applejack, Coat of many Colours and Jolene to her more ‘glitz and glam’ years including Here you Come Again, Islands in the Stream, Blue Smoke and 9-5.
Featuring the incredible vocals of Kay Molyneaux as Dolly, along with a completely authentic and fun filled performance that is true to the Queen of Country herself.
The Waterways World VIP marquee
The Tearoom is a quiet space to relax and enjoy savouries, homemade cakes and a selection of teas and coffees.
Entry to the VIP Marquee is exclusively for wearers of the following wristbands:
- Show Volunteer.
*To have a VIP wristband you need to be one of the following:
- A subscriber to Waterways World magazine (to subscribe, visit waterwaysworld.com. As a subscriber you also receive 10% discount off advance ticket prices)
- An IWA member (you should show proof of membership at the marquee entrance)
Free entry for children
There is free entry for children on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 of the Crick Boat Show 2019 so bring along the whole family on these days, and pay only for the adults, providing excellent value for parents, grandparents and carers.
There is no free entry for children on the Trade and Preview Day (Friday 24 May 2019) so if you wish to bring children on this day, they will need a ticket to enter the Show.
There’s free face painting provided by the LNBP Community Boating on the Quayside, who will be collecting donations towards their charity.
In the Children's Area of the Show Village there will be inflatables and bungee trampolines.
Canal & River Trust will be providing many fun activities for all ages in the Heritage and Wildlife marquee.