Remembering today…

Remembering George Exford of the Devonshire Cottages and Arthur Humphreys of Canal Row who were killed in action during the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago today.
Exford George (2)Humphreys Arthur (b)


Busy Bank Holiday weekend 2: Open Days at the Big Red Food Shed

The Big Red Food Shed, off Station Road at Hollingwood, opened throughout the weekend to introduce more visitors to this brilliant enterprise. Bedding and vegetable plants, beautiful hanging baskets and fresh veg were displayed for sale. You can visit – and buy – most days from 10am to 2pm (closed Thursdays and Fridays).

For more information about the Big Red Food Shed, click here

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Busy Bank Holiday Weekend 1: National Trailboat Festival

Five tripboats giving trips through the newest canal lock in the country, dozens of stalls, thousands of visitors, live music, real ale, food, local companies and loads of different attractions. To cap it all, the sun shone and the suncream was out!

You can see more photgraphs of the Canal Festival on the Canal Trust website here

Canal Festival 2016

Canal fans are in for a treat on the evening of Saturday 28th May. As part of the Festival in Staveley, there will be a parade of illuminated boats up and down the Chesterfield Canal.

It will start in Staveley Town Basin at 9.30 p.m. and go through Mill Green and back again. Organisers expect that there will be at least 30 boats in the parade all of them lit up like Christmas trees.

Spectators will be able to watch from the canal towpath or from three bridges that the boats will go under. It will be easy to park in Staveley and walk down to the canal.

Another exciting event will be a flotilla of boats from the canal basin at Staveley right up to Tapton in Chesterfield and back again on Monday 30th May. Ten miles, ten locks. You can join in by cruising on one of the five tripboats taking part. £15 return or £10 one way. Ring 07925 851569 to book.

These events are part of the Inland Waterways Association National Trailboat Festival which the Chesterfield Canal Trust will be hosting at Staveley Town Basin (S43 3XZ) over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

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7th to 15th May Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Details of organised walks along the canal can be found on the website here. Why not try this one?

Walk 13. Recycling Transport Routes Around Staveley: A steady circular walk around Staveley, looking at transport routes – past, present and recycled! We will take this walk at a gentle pace with plenty of time to stop and look back into the area’s canal and railway heritage. Meet at Staveley Town Basin 2pm.