What kind of boater are you? Do you love a sleek modern new-build or something with a little history? Do you like a hull of iron or hull of steel? Would you touch a wooden boat with a barge pole? For some enthusiasts boat maintenance is all part of the experience.

This weekend is the annual historic boat rally hosted by Braunston Marina. President, the last surviving steam narrowboat will be among the exhibits. There will be daily parades of Fellows, Morton and Clayton historic narrowboats, plus trade exhibitors, live music, food and a bar serving real ale.

With over 80 historic boats attending this is the UK’s largest working narrowboats rally. Other attractions include waterways artists and craft stalls, an open air Songs of Praise church service, Morris dancing, and a theatrical presentation by Day-Star theatre.

Parking is £10 but admittance is free and this year there will be camping facitlities on offer in Braunston. All proceeds from the event go to the canal and local charites.

One of the highlights for me is the marquee displaying work from The Guild of Waterway Artists. There’s nothing I like better than looking at pictures of gorgeous boats.

If you can’t get to Braunstonthis weekend, but like the trad style of boat have a look at these second hand boats for sale, but beware… I was happily browsing this site once and ended up buying my own 70ft trad!

Image credit: 65 foot butty liveaboard narrowboat.


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