Skipton Waterway Festival

History behind Skipton Waterway Festival.

Skipton Waterway Festival is a 3 day canal boat event which runs every year on the 1st May day Bank holiday weekend. We are an event which is a non-profit making event, which solely relies on donations and sponsorship from the local community. We are also organised by volunteers from Pennine Cruisers, local councils and again the local community, without these people the event would not run as smoothly as it does each year.

The 1st Skipton Waterway Festival was held in 2001 and we have gone on to grow more and more each year. The festival was originally organised by CRT (British Waterways then) and Pennine Cruisers for around 5 years, however Pennine Cruisers then took on the event, as we saw how much the local boaters and town enjoyed it. We at Pennine Cruisers look forward to this event each year, it is part of our year now, as we have organised it for so long, we would be a little lost without it.

As an event we attract around 8, 000 – 10,000 visitors each year over the full 3 days. We notice people/families who do visit us each and every year. We put on various entertainment, stalls from craft to charity stalls, children’s activities and an array of food/concession stalls. There is something for almost everyone.

2016 – The year for celebrating the Bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016 FREE event

Each year we do have a different theme for the Festival, we have had some crackers, however we felt it fit this year to celebrate the 200th year since the Leeds & Liverpool canal was built (we couldn’t not have, really) This will give the boaters quite a few ideas to think about for the dressing of their boats to the theme. This is always a highlight of the festival to see what the boaters actually come up with.

We have Canal and River Trust attending with one of their work boats, The Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society with an old working boat Kennet, which was built in 1947 for canal transport Both will be doing demonstrations and are there to have a good old chin wag with about the history of the canal.

We have various styles of entertainment this year with Northern Soul DJ’s and many more bands associated with the journey from Leeds to Liverpool.

Come along and see an array of decorated canal boats, boats trips, sideshows, stalls and demonstrations, plenty of food… Plus the night time Illuminated Cruise on the Sunday evening. This is a fun filled weekend you do not want to miss.

If you would like any further details please contact either

Pennine Cruisers – 01756 795478 –
Skipton Town Council – 01756 700553 –\

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