Julia Bradbury to open Crick Boat Show

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TV presenter Julia Bradbury will officially open this year’s Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival.

The show, which takes place on May 25 to 27, is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina and is expected to attract 25,000 visitors.

As well as officially opening the show, Julia Bradbury, presenter of Canal Walks, Countryfile, Watchdog, Railway Walks, Wainwright Walks and many others, will give a talk at the show about how her walking life started.

Julia said: “I’m delighted to be opening the Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival, where the canal world converges in the Northamptonshire countryside to celebrate our wonderful network of inland waterways and provide a great day out for all the family. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring some of Britain’s canals for my Canal Walks series, including the Kennet & Avon, Worcester & Birmingham and Llangollen canals. They cut a sedate path through some of the country’s finest scenery. I look forward to sharing some of my memories with Crick Boat Show visitors during my talk.”

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, said: “Julia is one of Britain’s most popular television presenters and we are delighted to be welcoming her to the Crick Boat Show over the Whitsun May bank holiday weekend. Julia’s love of the great outdoors is infectious and her fantastic BBC Canal Walks series revealed the beauty of the canals to millions of television viewers. We look forward to Julia’s visit to our show and inspirational talk about how her love of walking started.”

At the Crick Boat Show over 200 exhibitors will showcase thousands of inland waterways products and services, from boats, engines and chandlery to holidays, brokerage and insurance. And the event offers an exciting programme of family entertainment, including boat trips, free traditional children’s fairground rides, live music, children’s activities, arts and crafts stands, a large variety of food and drink stalls, competitions and talks.

The show will open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday 27 May, when it closes at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance (Tel 01283 742950), saving up to 29 per cent on gate prices. Family tickets (two adults and two children aged 5-16) are £24 if bought in advance or £32 on the gate. Entry is free for under 5’s on all three show days and all children (16 or under) go free on the Monday (27 May). So on Monday 27 May, a family of four can visit the show for just £18 if tickets are purchased in advance or for £24 if bought on the day.

For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com, call 01283 742962 or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/crickboatshow.