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  • NEXT OPEN DAY: Sunday 17th December - Victorian Christmas Special

We are pleased to be holding a rally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the ECP&DA and also the 45th anniversary of the reopening of the Great Northern Basin over Spring Bank Holiday weekend 26-28th May 2018, over 100 boats will be moored along the Erewash Canal and in the Great Northern Basin, Langley Mill NG16 4AA 

The rally will have an array of attractions providing a fun day out for all the family. Many boats including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats are expected and there will be a wide range of craft stalls and activities plus a real ale beer tent on site.

The rally is free to the public between 10:00 and 16:30 over the three days. The Opening Ceremony is at 11:00 am with entertainment from the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band on Saturday 26th May.

ECP&DA would like to hear from boaters, traders, charities and local groups who are interested in joining us for the weekend.

Download your booking form:

Trade Stalls       Trade Boats         Historic Boats         Pleasure Boats

Trade Boats attending:

Flavoursafloat - Origin Coffee Beans & Ground Roast Coffees, Flavoured Coffees & Speciality Teas & associated gifts. Product only - we do not serve drinks.

Reverie Canal Trading Co - Bespoke metal fabrication & natural wax candles, hand crafted aboard our historic narrowboat butty Lyra. 

Roger Witham (n/b Blue Belle) - Original Paintings, Drawings and greetings cards.

NB Lollipop - The floating sweet shop 

NB Tupelo - The Ice Cream boat - selling ice creams, waffles and soup

NB Lois Jane - The Pen Makers Boat - hand turning and selling Ballpoint, Rollerball and Fountain Pens

NB Kernow - selling art and jewellery


RNLI (L/E branch); Historic Narrow Boat Club; ECP&DA; Smiths Creamland Ices; Barlow's Catering; WoW (Wild over Water); Canal & River Trust (C&RT)

Real Ale Bar open 12:00 to 16:00 daily


Chesterfield Canal Trust's new replica wooden Cuckoo Boat - Dawn Rose

Shreck the Workhorse - come along and meet Shreck in his boat pulling gear

Miniature Steam Engines

Historic Boats attending - some of these will be displayed in Langley Mill Basin:

Fellows Morton & Clayton's (FMC) Joshers - Trout (built 1936); Dove (built 1925); Python (built 1929); Plover (built 1915); Water Lily - originally the front half of Kestrel (built 1928)

Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCCCo) - Small Northwich Star Class butty Lyra (built 1935)(see trade boats) and Star Class motor Enceladus (built 1935); Town Class motors Chertsey (built 1937), Purton (built 1936), Bath (built 1936), Renfrew (built 1936) and Aldgate (built 1936); Large Northwich motor Whitby (built 1937) and butty Grimsby (FMC - built 1910)

Elizabeth - converted FMC dayboat in 1936 on the Trent

Stewarts & Lloyds Tug No.2 (built 1935) in 1940 previously owned by and worked for Stanton Ironworks as Stanton No.51 on the Erewash Canal

London, Midland Scottish Railway Co. (LMS) Station Boat Tebay

Note - Oct '17: We will accept more historic boat bookings but please note you will not be moored in the basin but will be below the lock along the Erewash Canal with the visiting pleasure boats.

We currently have 30 pleasure boats booked so please do send in your booking form and don't miss out on a wonderful weekend.

There will be evening entertainment for boats/campers and full information will be in your booking pack.

Page Updated 29/11/17 


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