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 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, Technical 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;
Seminars are designed to cover the most pertinent questions to consider when
- buying a new or second hand boat
- designing a new boat or refitting an older one
- designing, improving and maintaining electrical systems for best performance
- reducing your impact on the environment with green boating
- living afloat
- maintaining your boat - its engine and services; upgrades and safety
All talks are followed by an open question and answer session.
For more information on these talks click on the button below.
Guarantee your front row seats at the 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.
Following the great sucess of the Masterclass Theatre at the 2022 Show, there will be a new selection of presentations by exhibitors. Come to a Masterclasses to learn from the experts ...
Below is information about the Masterclasses presented at the 2022 Show.
There will be a new set of Mastercalsses for May 2023. Full details will be here a couple of months before the Show.
Masterclasses take place in our Masterclass Theatre marquee and each is about 30 minutes long.
The Low Impact Narrowboat
Cadal Craft Ltd – Simon Boyde
Cadal Craft offers innovative new designs for hull, systems and interior to reduce carbon footprint, lower environmental impact and increase energy efficiency. The hull is designed specifically for electric/hybrid propulsion, lowers energy consumption, improves board make efficient use of waste heat and solar power. Other benefits include additional usable space onboard, reduced risk from frozen pipes and reduced energy costs. Founder Simon Boyde, from a professional marine background, explains these innovations and how you or your business can benefit
Adam Comerford – Canal & River Trust
National Hydrology Manager, Adam Comerford, will outline the challenges and opportunities facing the management of water within the Trust’s canal network.
Water resources are more important than ever to our canal system. Pressures such as climate change, growth in canal water demand (increased use of our network), changes to environmental legislation and potentially reduced funding could leave us with less water in the future to maintain navigable levels. However, protecting and achieving more value from our water will help us achieve the Trust’s vision of living waterways that transform places and enrich lives.
Choosing the Right Battery for your Boat
D C Battery Technologies Ltd – Stuart James
It's vital to choose the right battery according to your needs – are you moored in-dock, living on board or using electric propulsion? Is your battery the correct one for your application?
Stuart James, MD of DC Battery Technologies, brings his 40+ years of marine battery knowledge to the Crick audience. In a simple presentation Stuart will demystify the world of batteries by educating and advising on the following topics: Which battery is the correct one to choose for your requirement? Why is choosing the right technology important? How do batteries work? Come along for a fun and educational presentation!
Small Changes make Big Differences
Floating Ohm Ltd – Naomi Hunter
Floating Ohm will present how there are many small changes that can be made within the boat building world that can have big benefits and make big differences for the future of inland waterways users and boat owners.
Hybrids and Electric Drive
Hybrid Marine / Beta Marine – Graeme Hawksley
In recent years there has been a surge in interest for hybrids and electric drive. These systems provide many benefits, however there can also be down sides. New technologies can also be confusing and difficult to understand. This presentation will cover the basic types of systems to consider and their pros and cons.
A number of myths that perpetuate in the industry will also be dispelled. The aim of the session is to enable you to make an informed choice when looking at the options available.
We hope to help you ask the right questions and select a system that meets all your needs.
Series Electrical Propulsion
Kings Lock Chandlery – Steve Wedgewood
Vetus electrical propulsion systems. A presentation to demonstrate the practicalities, functionality and durability of Vetus systems. Presented by Steve Wedgwood who has an in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the installation of Vetus systems.
Marineware Ltd – Simon Crawford
Paint technology: past, present and the future for inland waterways. Including owner and professional options.
Webasto Heating and Systems
An insight into the workings of Webasto heating, and air conditioning, for creating a comfortable and welcoming environment. Also, tackling and discussing some common misconceptions and myths.
Mobile Broadband Onboard
Wifionboard – David Walker
Being connected onboard is no longer a luxury. With home working, TV streaming or just booking a table it is essential to modern life whether we like it or not! Being able to get high speeds to access these services is key and sharing marina WiFi just doesn’t give full service Internet all day long. Using the Mobile broadband, with 4G+ and 5G gives high speed and a cost effective solutions, for all types of users.
We have been providing systems since 2013 to boaters and have a range of solutions to meet all types of user requirements.
Trade & Preview Day – Friday 26 May 2023
Exclusive early access to the Show
For just 1,000 pre-booked visitors plus invited, qualifying boating/waterways related businesses, the gates to Crick Boat Show open a day early with a Trade & Preview Day before the three days on which the Show is fully open (Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May 2023).
This exclusive day will take place on Friday 26 May 2023. Preview Day tickets are available only by booking in advance and not at the Show gate – so book early to make sure you’re one of the 1,000.
Visitor Preview Day tickets are on sale from 1 December 2022. Trade Ticket applications (free to qualifying waterway related businesses) open in February 2023.
Why come to Crick Boat Show on Preview Day?
With no crowds, Preview Day gives you the opportunity to talk in-depth with companies offering equipment and services for inland boating and to see the boats, before everyone else.
Online booking system for boat viewings on Friday – Preview Day ticket holders have exclusive access to an online system to make bookings for viewings of boats on Friday 26 May. Viewings are 15-minutes and the booking system opens at the beginning of May 2023 once all the boats that will be at the 2023 Show are confirmed. If you’re thinking of buying a boat or want to see how equipment is used afloat, this is the best way to get to see as many boats as possible in your day at Crick.
Preview Day ticket holders will have free online access post-Show to video tours of the boatbuilder boats and also to recordings of the Show Seminars and Masterclasses.
To add to your enjoyment of the day, you will receive a free hot drink and access to the VIP marquee.and can pick up a Show Gift Bag on arrival.
The Show is open to Preview Day ticket holders from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 26 May.
All boats - boatbuilder and brokerage, all quayside and boating-related companies in the Show Village and most of the Waterways World Boating Marquee will be fully open on Friday 26 May. The Food & Craft Marquee, an area of the Show Village reserved for general traders and charities, and a the full Boating Marquee will open on Saturday 27 May.
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.
Canal & River Trust will welcome visitors to their marquee offering information, advice and, of course, comfy sofas so you can take the weight off your feet and relax!
We will have experts from all our boating teams (including boat licensing, leisure boating, business boating and our long-term moorings team, Waterside Moorings) so whether you are a current, new or potential customer, you can talk through any questions you might have.
There will be plenty of information about the wide variety of work the Trust do and will have our very own Canal & River Trust trailer playing some fascinating videos, so do come and have a browse. There will even be an area for dogs to relax, so whether you have a four-legged pal or not, pop in for a chat!
You can find out more about Canal & River Trust in this short video:
Real Ale Bar
Following the enormous success of previous years there will once again be a Real Ale Beer Festival in the bar marquee at Crick Boat Show. For 2023 there will be a new selection of beers and ciders from independent suppliers from around Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
There will be live music in the Bar each afternoon and evening with headline tribute bands on Satruday and Sunday nights.
Crick is proud to be Britain's biggest inland waterways festival, but the Crick experience wouldn't be complete without a full weekend of music entertainment. Enjoy a wide selection of music performed live in the Bar Marquee in the afternoon and evening. Saturday and Sunday evenings build to the appearance of a headline act.
Entry to the evening entertainment is included in the price of your ticket - making a trip to Crick Boat Show incredible value for money.
Headline Acts for 2023 will be announced here in early 2023
Check back here for details of our Saturday and Sunday night headline music acts.
The Waterways World VIP marquee
The VIP 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:
- 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 Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 of the Crick Boat Show 2022 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 (Thursday 2 June 2022) 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.
Canal & River Trust will be providing many fun activities for all ages in the Canal & River Trust marquee.
Favourite Boats in Show
The Favourite Boat in Show award is a tradition of Crick Boat Show. The competiton is sponsored by insurance company Haven Knox-Johnston. Two tophies are awarded at the 2023 Show - one for the most admired narrowboat; and one for the most admired widebeam, as voted for by vistors to the show.
Voting takes place during the Show at the Haven Knox-Jonhston marquee on the Quayside. All voters are entered into a draw to win £100 M&S vouchers and voters can chose to also enter a draw to win a year's free boat insurance from Haven Knox-Johnston (T&C apply)
The winning boat is announced at Crick Boat Show in the afternoon of Monday 29 May and the prize draw takes place on 7 June 2023.
EvenStar – Oakums Narrowboats
Runner up – Braidbar Boats: Desiderata
and in third place – Weston Bespoke Boats: Enterprise
EvenStar - voted Favourite Narrowboat in Show 2022 by visitors.
Time of Life – Finesse Boats
Runner up – The Bespoke Boat Company: The Calveley
and in third place – Thames Solar Boat Company: Thames Solar 10
Chris Harrison and Ricky Lee of Finesse Boats proudly display the Favourite Widebeam in Show 2022 trophy at the stern of Time of Life with the boat's owners.
Each year several historic boats make the journey to be part of Crick Boat Show. Below are the boats that are confirmed to be on display in 2022 and more boats will be added as information becomes available.
The boats can be found at the far side of the Marina, in berths from F54
Sandbach was built in 1946 for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS), which owned the Trent & Mersey and Shropshire Union canals at the time.
One of a pair of tug/icebreakers built with wheel steering and a wheelhouse by W J Yarwood & Sons of Northwich. Sister tug was Beeston, both built 25 feet long, although Sandbach was lengthened to 35ft less than a year later.
On the nationalisation of the waterways in 1948, Sandbach was transferred to the British Transport Commission (later British Waterways Board) as part of the maintenance fleet, based initially in Middlewich, and later (by the 1970s) on the River Weaver.
Later abandoned and sunk, she was rescued by Malcolm Braine in 1982, and restored at Norton Canes. The original engine was a Russell Newbery DM2 but now has a 1953 Bolinder 1052, (two cylinder 23 hp).