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This weekend… Etruria Canals Festival June 2013

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Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2013, 10am to 5pm

Junction of Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals, Etruria

The countdown is on for the 20th Etruria Canals Festival; one of the largest free events in Stoke-on-Trent. The free festival will bring the canals of Stoke-on-Trent alive with a historic boat parade, Real Ale Festival, music and dance, vintage cars, boat trips and other activities. Colourful historic canal boats moored along the towpaths of Etruria, including narrowboat Lindsay, who was a recent star on BBC television, after her recent refit at the boatyard in Stone. Princess, the historic beam engine in Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill will be ‘in steam’ and other attractions are in planning.

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How to get to the Festival

Train. The Festival site is a 10 minute walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath from Stoke station. Just head north and enjoy a pleasant walk to the show.

Bus. Take a bus to Stoke station, Hanley bus station or Festival Park. The Festival is a pleasant ten to fifteen minutes walk from these points.

Bicycle. Just cycle along the towpath of the Trent & Mersey or Caldon canals and you will get to the Festival site. Ample bike parking, but please, walk through the Festival site to avoid the crowds.

Walk. Perhaps the best way to get to the Festival. Along the towpaths of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals to the junction at Etruria.

Aeroplane. Nearest international airports are Birmingham and Manchester, frequent trains to Stoke and then a short walk, as above.

Festival Parking

Cars may be parked on the recreation ground off Etruria Vale Road, ST1 4RB, opp Kilndown Close. Stewards will be on hand to direct traffic.

Disabled parking will be available with the help of stewards. Please report in at the Kilndown Close steward point and ask for advice.

The organisers ask festival goers not to attempt to park in the Castlefield Street/ Lomas Street area as this area must be kept clear for emergency vehicles and local residents.

The festival organiser accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to any vehicle that has been parked within the recreation ground or festival area.


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