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



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, Technical Editor of Waterways World, hosts a series of Seminars to support both new and experienced boaters.

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.

The August 2021 Show will feature a full morning (Saturday) devoted to the topic of Green Boating with presentations from a range of experts followed by a panel discussion of the topic.

For more information on these talks click on the button below.


Boat Ownership Seminars »


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.


Trade & Preview Day – Thursday 2 June

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 Trade & Preview Day preceding the three days on which the Show is fully open (Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June). 

This exclusive day will take place on Thursday 2 June 2022. Preview Day tickets will be 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 go on sale in December 2021. Trade Ticket applications (free to qualifying waterway related businesses) open in February 2022.

Why come to Crick Boat Show on Preview Day?

With no crowds, Preview Day gives you the oportunitiy to talk in-depth with companies offering equipment and services for inland boating and to see the boats you really want to, before everyone else.

Online booking system for boat viewings on Thursday – Preview Day ticket holders have exclusive access to an online system to make bookings for guaranteed viewings of boats on Thursday 2 June. Viewings start at 15-minute invervals and the booking system opens at the beginning of May 2022 once all the boats that will be at the 2022 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.

Plus, 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. We will be announcing additional exclusive Preview Day features soon.

Preview Day tickets are on sale now. Book yours here or by calling 01283 742970 (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3pm).

The Show is open to Preview Day ticket holders from 12 noon to 6pm on Thursday 2 June.

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 Thursday 2 June. The Food & Craft Marquee, an area of the Show Village reserved for general traders and charities, and a the whole Boating Marquee will open on Friday 3 June. See site plan

Preview Day tickets include:

• Exclusive access: beat the crowds for a less hurried time speaking to key exhibitors

• VIP Marquee access

• Free hot drink

• Show gift bag on arrival

• Exclusive on-line booking system for boat viewings on Thursday 2 June. This will open in May 2022 when all boats at the Show are confirmed.

See Ticket Prices »


Trade Tickets

Trade registrations will open in February 2022.

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 Thursday 2 June, please email, 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, which are not transferrable.

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.

The focus wil be mainly on boating, but 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!


a family enjoy time by canal

heron flying across canal

young children visit a canal



You can find out more about Canal & River Trust in this short video:


The Wheatsheaf Bar 

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 2022 there will be a new selection of beers and ciders from independent suppliers from around Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

We plan to resume the Music Festival at the 2022 Show with a line-up that will include tribute bands.

Music 2022

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 Wheatsheaf Marquee in the afternoon and evening. Each evening builds 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 2022 will be announced here in early 2022

Our Friday and Saturday night headline music acts will be announced soon.

Check back here for details.

The Waterways World VIP marquee

The Waterways VIP Marquee is a large, quiet, marquee area adjacent to the food court in which to sit and relax and to enjoy food and drinks purchased from the food court or from the Wheatseaf Bar. We regret that staff shortages as a result of Covid-19 means we are unable to provide a full VIP Marquee tearoom at the August 2021 Show.

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 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.


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.

Canal & River Trust will be providing many fun activities for all ages in the Canal & River Trust marquee.


Favourite Boat in Show

The Favourite Boat in Show award is a tradition of Crick Boat Show. The competiton is sponsored by Haven Knox-Johnston and for the August 2021 Show there is a single trophy for the boat receiving the most votes from visitors.

Haven Knox-Johnson Insurance

2021 Winner

LarkRise – Oakums Narrowboats


Oakums Narrowboats receiving Favourite Boat in Show award for 2021 from sponsors Haven Knox-Johnston.


LarkRise - voted Favourite Boat in Show 2021 by visitors.

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 are confiemed to be on display in August 2021 and more boats will be added as information becomes available.



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.



Last seen at Crick Boat Show in 2017, Purton makes a welcome return to the Show. 


Built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd at Northwich Cheshire in September 1936. Purton is one of 38 all-steel motors known as a Large Northwich built for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Ltd.

Her fleet number was 162. Originally fitted with a National diesel, Puton was re-engined in 1962 with the present Lister HA2 and also shortened to her present length of 57ft 6 in by British Waterways at Knottingley Yorkshire where she worked untill 1989. Purton then went into private carrying with West Riding Canal Carriers until she was purchased on the Kennet and Avon Canal by the current owners in 1998, since when time a considerable amount of work has been carried out throughout the boat.

Purton was originally paired with butty Purley, one of 62 built by Walkers of Rickmansworth.




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Renfrew was built for the Grand Union Canal Cargo Carrying Company Ltd by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd. at Northwich and launched in October 1936, with the British Waterways number 060962 and the GUCCCL number 165.

The hull is riveted and welded steel plate, with oak gunwales. The current engine is a 24bhp Lister HB2, made in 1968.

Renfrew initially worked with the butty Romsey, principally on the Birmingham to London route. With the outbreak of the Second World War, the fleet became part of the government transport system. In 1948, the fleet passed to the Docks & Inland Waterways Executive of the British Transport Commission, which subsequently became the British Waterways Board.

In 1963 to 1965, Renfrew was on hire to Willow Wren Carriers. The cabin was rebuilt in 1968 out of various woods and marine ply and the current engine insalled. She was then laid up until 1986 when she was purchased by Blue Line Canal Carriers. The present owners discovered her in October 1970 and have maintained her as a working boat. All the timber has now been replaced and she has had a new bottom and other steelwork.

Technical data: length 70ft; width 7ft; draft: 3ft (empty); engine -  Lister HB2



After nationalisation in 1948, Aldgate was transferred to the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive of the British Transport Commission (later British Waterways) and leased to Willow Wren Canal Transport Services. Working in the South Eastern division until well into the sixties, Aldgate was at one time paired with the butty Brighton working up to Whitworths flour mills at Wellingborough with Ron Green as steerer. After the decline of Willow Wren she was sold to Alfred Matty & Sons of Oldbury, and used on the phosphorus waste run from Allbright & Wilson to Dudley Port. Following Alfred Matty's death, Aldgate was abandoned on a disused arm in Oldbury and allowed to sink.

She was recovered in the early 1980s by Steve Priest, and after substantial rebuilding was sold to P. Ayres who used her, trading as Colne Valley Carriers. In 2007 Aldgate and Angel were bought as a pair by Nick Wolfe, whose care, time and money (aided by a grant from the Register of National Historic Ships) has brought Aldgate to the condition she is in today. Nick now works Aldgate under the name Nick Wolfe Canal Carrying. Aldgate parted company with Angel in 2008 but the two boats can occasionally be seen together at Badseys Wharf, Hillmorton.

Technical data: length 71ft 6in; width 7ft 0.5in; draft: 3ft (empty), 4ft plus (loaded); gauged for 41 tons; engine - air cooled Petter PD 2 (20hp @ 1500rpm); gearbox -  Parsons 3:1


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