This year’s Norbury Canal Festival at Norbury Junction on May Bank Holiday Weekend – Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6 th May 2013 will be a little different to previous ones. As well as the traditional craft and food stalls and refreshments in the garden of the Norbury Junction Inn, more stalls and activities will be spread along the canalside, in and around Norbury Wharf and in the CRT yard, making better use of both sides of the canal.
Children’s activities are being increased this year. As always there will be a bouncy castle, face painting and funfair rides. A clown and children’s’ entertainer has been booked and discussions underway for other entertainers. At the Wild Over Water tent they will be able to take part in interactive games about canals (see www.wow4water.net).
In association with Norbury Wharf the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust will again be operating boat trips along the canal to give people the experience of seeing it from the water
In the large marquee there will be a Bands night on the Saturday evening headlined by Rock Dogs with the Lawrence Jones band as support. On the Sunday evening will be a ceilidh and hog roast featuring the Boat Band and a caller. Late on Monday afternoon will be all the thrills and excitement of International Tag Wrestling.
On the water there will be a number of boat traders together with a gathering of narrow boats. The very popular cheese boat will again be moored in front of the Junction Inn. Visitors will have the opportunity to look inside some of the narrow boats to see what life is like on board.
On Sunday the full Burton Borough Brass Band will play music through the early afternoon and this will be followed by an Open Mic in the marquee.
The traditional canalside church service is at 15.30 and this year we hope to make it more central to the Festival by holding it on a moored boat.
There will be lots of parking in a field near to the Junction Inn and a shuttle bus will be available for anyone who prefers to ride to the event. The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has united with the Norbury village community, the Junction Inn and Norbury Wharf to jointly organise a much bigger and better Festival.