Visit Crick Boat Show 2016 for expert tips, Boat Handling taster sessions for New Boaters and essential advice for Newbies buying Liveaboard Houseboats
Crick Boat Show has been an annual event for over 20 years & is Britain's biggest Inland Watwerways event in the boating calendar... and it's just a few weeks away!
This year the event will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of May - Bank Holiday weekend - at +Crick Marina in Northamptonshire. Gates open at 10am each day until 6pm with evening entertainment included in the price of a day ticket.
Pick up the latest copy of Canal Boating Times who this month have published a special edition, Crick Boating Times, for more info. I found my free copy at my local supermarket down by our future home Marina but you can also get a digital pdf copy here.
I am SO super excited that this year we will be there and thanks to the amazing team at +Waterways World Magazine, who organize the event, we will be enjoying all 3 days and camping for the whole weekend!! Just what we needed to look forward to after a month of high tensions here at home.
The last few weeks our #PROJECTLIVEABOARD journey has stalled, taking a back seat as we were forced to spend some of our savings on a reliable car. And with Mr B off work with a nasty pulled muscle in his back, funds are a little tight. I think I'll be using my Skint Supermarket Sweep method this week when grocery shopping!
But not to be downhearted we have kicked ourselves up the bum with Mr B's big size 11's and are getting back into gear planning our new life living aboard on the water in a liveaboard Narrowboat.
And what better way to get back in the groove than with taster Boat Handling Sessions at the Crick Boat Show 2016.
Before I go any further this is not an affiliate sponsored post, I am genuinely just totally brimming with excitement in the run up to this awesome event.
The focus of the show this year is New Boaters. So... If you are a newbie thinking of buying or hiring a narrowboat for leisure on the holidays, or like us pair of wanderlust junkies looking for a liveaboard houseboat and change of lifestyle, this is the year to visit!
There will be a host of seminars to attend covering a range of topics from technical and practical to the both whimsical and realities of life on the water. Plus, there are beginner Boat Handling Sessions available. I signed us up for an hour slot on the Sunday with +Narrowboat Skills Centre Ltd. , +Willow Wren Training and Watercraft who are offering lessons in Safety, Rules of the Waterways, Tiller Steering, Reversing and going aground.
Find out more on the Crick Boat Show website here. Spaces are limited so if you want to book, so get in quick by clicking here.
An hour long session costs just £12 and is perfect for gaining a little confidence before you set sail on your own dream boat. Mr B and I had already planned to hire a Narrowboat for at least a week once we had 2/3 of our budget saved to not only get a feel for the way we will need our space to work for us, but also just how to physically manoeuvre our beautiful new boat. So this is the perfect course for us!
If you are currently looking for your dream liveaboard Narrowboat houseboat, be sure to also check out my tips for finding the Perfect Narrowboat for Sale, Jargon busting Narrow boat terminology, and How to find your ideal Marina.
The Crick boat show is not all about buy buy buy though, it's a fantastic mini-festival for the boating community. Live music will be headlined by +Tom Robinson, an awesome Blonde tribute act Blondied, and The Herron Brothers PLUS a beer tent hosting a variety of craft beers will be run by +The Wheatsheaf and there will be an array of artisan bakers, foods and handmade gifts and art.
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New boat builders will be showcasing their work in the +Waterways World Marquee and heritage vessels are also part of the show, this year historic Narrowboats Nutfield and Raymond will be at the show with Purton, Algate and Sculptor. All giving visitors a chance to see the heritage of modern day canal boats.
Tickets to this years Crick Boat Show are still available and you can get yours by clicking here, saving up to 20% by booking in advance. Kiddos under 16 go free this year and there is a tonne of stuff to keep them entertained too including a fairground and facepainting - can I do this too?!
Camping is available onsite all weekend so you can try ALL of those amazing craft beers on offer and tickets start at £31.50 for one night up to £78 for all 3.
I'm hoping we can entice Mama D and Peggilini for one of the days, it'd be nice to get them both as enthusiastic as we are about life living on the canals and waterways of Britain. I think they wonder if we are a little crazy some days.