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Join Us in Celebrating the Bi-Centenary Passage
of Kennet and its Flotilla

The Bi-Centenary Celebrations have been many and varied across the country from Leeds to Liverpool and we are now heading quickly to the “greatest long distance waterway party ever staged” in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Bicentenary celebrations reach a high point this October as the Heritage Short Boat Kennet re-creates the inaugural ceremonial journey 127 miles across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool. Leaving Leeds on Saturday 15th October and arriving in Liverpool nine days later on Sunday 23rd October.

We want everyone to join in whether on the Canal as part of the flotilla or giving the Kennet and a flotilla a hearty welcome as they progress through Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, past mills and moorland, through Saltaire, Bingley, Skipton, Burnley, Blackburn, Wigan, Burscough and some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

For further information on the background to the celebrations please click here.

For an abridged timetable please click here.

For a complete timetable please contact friendsofkennet@gmail.com

Hardly a day will pass in which you won’t have the chance to join in the fun.  The opportunity to give Kennet and its flotilla a rousing send-off will be prior to its departure from Leeds on Saturday 15 October Launch of the Kennet Flotilla. It will be worth arriving early as celebrations build up to the 11.30 departure time.

Sunday 16 October will be a major day of celebration with planned events in both Saltaire and Bingley.

Details of the planned events at Saltaire see: Leeds & Liverpool Canal Bi-Centenary Celebrations at Saltaire Village.

Kennet’s arrival in Bingley will mark the highpoint of the first ever Bingley Canal Festival which is being held on that day. See: Bingley Canal Festival

Further welcomes are planned for Kennet’s arrival at:

Skipton (10.30 a.m. Monday 17 October)

Burnley (5.15 p.m. Tuesday 18 October) - more on latest press release from Burnley Council

Blackburn (2.30 p.m. Wednesday 19 October)

and as Kennet passes through the Wigan flight of locks (from 10.30 a.m. to 3.45 p.m. Friday 21 October). Particularly symbolic will be the passage under the Britannia Bridge in Wigan which bears the date of the first full passage, 22 October 1816.

The next day will see celebrations in Burscough (1.15 p.m. Saturday 22 October) and then the passage will reach its climax at the Eldonian Basin in Liverpool with the planned arrival of Kennet at 1.45 p.m. on Sunday 23 October.