Over 2,100 was the estimated attendance over the day of the Aylestone Boat Gathering at Aylestone Park in Hereford on 22 May 2011.
Families enjoyed all the activities and attractions on offer including steam engines, vintage cars, and boat trips.
The event was arranged to celebrate the completion of the new slipway as the first phase of our restoration of this section of the Canal in the City of Hereford, and to raise awareness of the Trust’s work on the Canal both within the City, and beyond.
Organised by the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust, Aylestone Park Association, the Waterway Recovery Group and other local support.
Several trail boats used the newly completed slip way, built by H&GCT volunteers, and were the first boats to use this section of the canal since the 1880’s.
The year’s second festival weekend at Over was again blessed with dry weather.
The new attractions for the weekend included some very beautiful birds of prey and a boat horse called Gypsy Queen who was a firm favourite with the visitors.
Trips around the basin in Mister Maysey proved very popular as did guided tours to our newly acquired restoration site at Vineyard Hill. A good number of people eager to see the next length of the canal in water signed up to join the volunteers on site or to help in other ways.
Lively music from a fairground organ gave the whole event a relaxed air. The busy refreshment stand was bursting with home-made cakes and sandwiches whilst a barbecue provided some great hot dogs. At The Wharf House there were a good number number of local beers and ciders as well as the ever popular Tapas on the Terrace. In the marquee is a wide range of crafts and produce were on sale.
The IWA branch ran a bookstore and tombola in support of Trust funds. The model boat club provided further entertainment with the demonstrations and displays and the Saturday saw on attendance from the Fire Brigade.
Although the Saturday was not as busy as the spring open weekend the visitor numbers picked up on the Sunday and record sales of Grand Holiday Draw tickets were achieved.
Altogether a lot of people came together and put great effort into making the weekend a success – a big thank you to all involved.
Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust’s ‘Over Festival on the Canal 2014’ was the most successful yet.
The annual ‘Over Festival on the Canal’ was the largest so far. The site including the canal basin at Over, was visited by more than 1000 people to savour and discover and enjoy the wide variety of attractions in near perfect weather. The site is also the head office of the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust and Visitor Centre at The Wharf House, the AA-Red Rosette-awarded Restaurant with Rooms.
Entrance to the Festival was free, for all to enjoy the usual sideshows and stalls associated with a family fun day out. There was obviously a watery theme, enhanced by visitor participation with a Model Boat regatta, Fire Brigade displays and canoeing and kayaking. The Canal Trust’s own heritage boats provided tours of the canal to Vineyard Hill. This year included the addition of Shetland ponies to provide rides for children, circus skills and other attractions in partnership with the Scout Network.
There were large marquees housing a range of local produce and crafts for sale, including local beers, cider and perry. There was the largest programme to date of live music on the river terrace with The Wharf House providing refreshments of Tapas and a hugely successful Beer Festival.
For everyone there the message of canal restoration through Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust was implicit everywhere.
Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust is grateful for the generous support of Gloucester Quays and the Gloucestershire Network of Scouts in mounting this Festival.
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The Festival next year will be held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August 2015.