Free Boat Trips

Free boat trips at Crick Boat ShowAt 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

Boat handling Taster Session

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.



Seminars at Crick Boat Show

Boat Ownership Seminars

Whether you're just considering getting afloat, a novice or a seasoned boater, there is a seemingly endless amount to be learned 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 SaturdaySunday 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.

All talks are followed by an open question and answer session.



NEW FOR 2019

Trade & Preview Day – Friday 24 May

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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 late 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, you will have access to the VIP marquee, a free hot drink and a 20th show tote gift bag on arrival on Friday. You can also pick up a free copy of The Inland Boat Owner's Book, worth £16.99.

The show will open for Preview Day ticket holders from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday.

All boats, all quayside and boating-related companies in the Show Village and most of the Waterways World Boating Marquee will be fully open on Friday 24 May. The Food & Craft Marquee, an area of the Show Village reserved for general traders and charities, and a small part of the Waterways World Boating Marquee will open on Saturday 25 May. See site plan


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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.


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Historic Boats

Historic narrowboats at Crick Boat Show

Each year several historic boats make the journey to be part of Crick Boat Show. These are the boats that were on display in 2019.



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.

NB SculptorSculptor 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.

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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



Ariel was built by WJ Yarwoods & Sons of Northwich in 1935 for Midlands and Coast Canal Carriers as a 70ft composite motor boat paired with butty boat "Taurus".

When the company dissolved she passed into the ownership of Fellows, Morton & Clayton, with whom she remained until nationalisation.

She was cut into two circa 1970 when she joined the maintenance fleet, with the bow section being destroyed following a flood on the River Weaver in 1980.

She was sold into private ownership in 1994 and given a heavy restoration, then sold to her present owner in 2009, who put her back into service carrying coal and diesel on the Bridgewater Canal.

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Crick Beer Festival 

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.

Crick Beer Festival list 2019 »


NEW FOR 2019

20 Gins to celebrate 20 Shows

In addition to the extensive range of beer and cider in the Wheatsheaf Bar, Crick 2019 will also have a new, dedicated gin bar. Sample up to 20 different gins, you will find all the classics and some rarer varieties - take a look at the list below. PLUS, if you fancy some fizz, the gin bar will also be serving prosecco. 




Sipsmith London Dry

Distilled with 10 botanicals giving floral summer meadow notes followed by juniper & citrus. Garnish with Lime

Hendricks Midsummer

Infused with an array of natural floral essences in tribute to the Midsummer Solstice. Garnish with cucumber & orange

The King of Soho

Opens up to reveal classic juniper & pine notes with a refreshing zest of citrus oil. Garnish with grapefruit

The Botanist

A rich silky smooth gin with a citrus note balanced by a smorgasbord of floral flavours from the many botanicals used. Garnish with rosemary

Silent Pool Gin

Beautiful & complex with deep layers of floral, chamomile & lavender, kaffir lime leaf & citrus, sweet honey & elderflower. Garnish with orange

Gin Mare

Fragrant aromatic nose with subtle aniseed, crushed juniper berries & lemon peel. Garnish with orange, lime & rosemary

Warner Edwards Rhubarb

A fruity & sweet gin with a taste of juniper, rhubarb, slight citrus, cinnamon & mild spice. Garnish with orange & serve with Fevertree Ginger Ale

Warner Edwards Elderflower

Slight sweetness amplifies elderflower with lime cordial-like notes & finished with coriander, pine & black pepper spice. Garnish with lemon & mint

Warner Edwards Dry

Strong hints of citrus orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander & cardomon. Garnish with orange

Bathtub Gin

Notes of cardomom & orange blossom with a juniper, cardomom & cinamon finish. Garnish with orange


A bold, juniper-led taste with zesty notes of citrus. Garnish with Lime

Gordons Pink

The sweetness of raspberries & strawberries with the tang of redcurrant. Garnish with Strawberry

Greenalls wild berry

A clean, crisp & slightly sweet gin with an initial taste of juniper & wild berries with a mild peppery finish. Garnish with strawberry

Beefeater Blood orange

This gin has a bitter-sweet juicy flavour and a vibrant striking colour. Garnish with orange

Beefeater Gin

Both spicy & fruity with a nice balance & a focus on the juniper. Garnish with lemon

Alfred Button parma violet

This gin based liqueuer works well with tonic or a cheeky top up of prosecco! Garnish with blueberries

Bombay Sapphire

Exceptionally smooth it opens with a touch of juniper, ripe citrus & hints of spice. Garnish with Orange

Whitley Neill Raspberry

A delicate fruity taste and a lasting citrus & raspberry flavour. Garnish with raspberry

Millers Dry

A full citrus taste with the juniper notes emerging half way through. Garnish with cucumber & strawberry


Juniper aromas with floral hints followed by a blanket of sweet orange, lime zest & elderflower. Garnish with cucumber & black pepper

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.

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

Los Pacaminos feat. 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! A-tribute-to-Dolly-Parton.jpg

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.




All evening entertainment is included in the price of your day/weekend ticket, making Crick excellent value for money.

See 2019 music schedule »

See details of other acts for 2019 »



The Waterways World VIP marquee

Inside the VIP Marquee at Crick Boat Show

The Tearoom is a quiet space to relax and purchase savouries, homemade cakes and a selection of teas and coffees.

Entry to the VIP Marquee is exclusively for wearers of the following wristbands:

  • VIP*
  • Exhibitor
  • Show Volunteer.  

*To have a VIP wristband you need to be one of the following:

  • A subscriber to Waterways World magazine (to subscribe, visit 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) 


For Children

Activities for Children at Crick Boat Show

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.


Children's activities

face painting at Crick Boat ShowThere’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.


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