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.