Norbury Canal Festival – May Bank Holiday 2nd, 3rd, 4th May

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Norbury Canal Festival                                                                                                                                   Norbury Junction May Bank Holiday Weekend 2nd, 3rd, 4th May

The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has again teamed up with the Norbury Junction Inn and the Norbury village community to jointly organise the annual May Bank Holiday Canal Festival. The Festival will be open from 10am each day.

This year we are planning for more traditional stalls than ever before. Most will be in the garden of Norbury Junction Inn and others along the canal towpath . Refreshments will be available from the pub and from stalls around the site, including the Spud Boat, moored alongside the towpath.

Norbury Festival seems to attract more boat traders each year and booking so far indicate there will be even more this year. In addition there will be a gathering of modern narrowboats and restored working boats. A private boat will also be open to visitors to look inside to see what life is like on board and there will be a prize for the Best Dressed Boat at the Festival.

The highlight during Saturday afternoon will be a performance by Simon Airey and his Exotic Animals, a fantastic show aimed at children (of any age)                                                       (see www.cornerexotics.co.uk/profile.html).

There will be plenty of other activities to keep children occupied throughout the weekend too, including interactive games relating to canals with Wild over Water                                      (see www.wow4water.net), learning about canal life and its history in an entertaining way.

Norbury WI will have their usual teas and cakes available on Saturday and on Sunday and Monday Newport Country Market will be supplying their cakes and teas – all in the main marquee. Country Markets are co-operative enterprises selling a range of genuinely home made baked goods. Other attractions every day will include a Beer Festival in the main marquee, boat trips on the canal, a fairground and bouncy castle and an all day Bar-B-Q.

In the main marquee there are a variety of acts. On Saturday evening Jammin’ at the Junction features Vavoom, a three-piece band, which plays popular covers ranging from Elvis and Eddie Cochran, through to The Ramones and Led Zeppelin (www.vavoom.altpro.net/) plus the Lydia O’Dowd Band                                                                                       (listen to her sing Whiskey in the Jar at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAlTF5uoIHs).

On Sunday evening we have the Paul Gibson Band followed by Stone Cold Sober, two excellent local acts. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday will be £5 in advance or £7.50 on the night. They can be bought in advance at the Junction Inn.

Plenty of parking will be available in the field opposite the Junction Inn and, new this year, direct pedestrian access from the car park to the festival towpath. More attractions are still being booked – so watch out for more information at www.sncanal.org.uk or www.norburyjunction.com