Trade Shows
The Crick Boat Show

The Crick Boat Show and Inland Waterways Festival is the largest inland waterways show in the UK and has been running since 2000. The show is a perfect opportunity to discover all you could ever want to know about the inland waterways and narrowboating in general.

We compiled a list of typical things you will find at the Crick Boat Show and Inland Waterways Festival.

Canal Boats and their accessories

If you’re interested in buying a new or used canal boat at the show, or you already own a narrowboat, there are a plethora of different products, services and advice to make the most of.; In the marina basin the biggest collection of new canal boats is on show with many, if not most boat builders exhibit their crafts at the show.  If you’re looking for a used narrowboat then all of the larger brokers are there like us, Whilton and Venetian Marina.

Chandlery companies usually set up shop displaying a large array of items for sale from engines, solid fuel stoves, to windlasses. Insurance and finance companies are also usually exhibiting, so you can speak to someone face to face if you’ve got a specific boating question you’d like to ask.

Canal Boat Advice

If its advice that you’re looking for then there is usually a seminar area where Waterways World, Canal and River Trust, River Canal Rescue and The residential Boat Owner’s Association will answer questions in topic areas including buying a boat, living aboard and boat maintenance.

Narrowboat rides

If you are thinking about getting into narrow boating as a hobby, or considering it as your new way of life.  Then taking a canal boat trip at the Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival is a great place to experience cruising on the canal and seeing if you like it! Alternatively this makes a great day out if you’re looking for somewhere to take your kids.

Family fun rides

There is always plenty for families to do.; The Crick Boat Show often features a traditional funfair with carousel and Punch & Judy Show.

Entertainment and live music

There is live music day and night with acts that have a boating feel to them, food and craft marquees with a selection of food available, cookery demonstrations, and a real ale bar. There is something for everyone.

Normal opening dates

The Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival is usually held on the last May bank holiday weekend on the Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday. Sometimes this changes, as in the Queens Jubilee in 2012 when it was held over the Jubilee weekend.


If you’re coming from far away to the show then you can either camp on site or moor at the marina. Take a look at the Crick Boat Show and Inland Waterways Festival’s website for more information about this.

Ticket information

Ticket’s are available in advance, saving up to 30% on the gate price and can be purchased through the Crick Boat Show and Inland Waterways Festival’s website.

Useful links

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