This Saturday marks four weeks to go until Waterside Festival (Saturday 14 September, 11am – 5.30pm), meaning the countdown is officially on for the return of Aylesbury’s fantastic canal festival taking place at Waterside canal basin in Aylesbury town centre! With just one month to go until the big day, everyone’s invited to take a look at the incredible selection of activities, events and entertainment for all festival-goers to enjoy.
Taking place in line with 2019’s Heritage Open Days, Waterside Festival celebrates Aylesbury’s two-hundred-year canal heritage coming together with its new and exciting developments. The canal basin has started a new chapter in its history in revitalised surroundings and this year’s festival will prove to be another enjoyable occasion to bring communities together and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of this beautiful space. And, with an incredible host of partners supporting the festival, there’s a spectacular mix of street food stalls, craft exhibits, music, theatre and dance performances, arts and crafts, children’s games and both water-based and land-based activities for everyone to enjoy.
Treat your taste buds to the mouth-watering delights on offer at Waterside Festival’s food court, or explore a varied, vibrant and immensely talented array of traders at the Floating Market. Whether you’re keen to get involved in activities such as letting your creative side run free with various arts and crafts activities or would prefer to sit back, relax and be mesmerised by the fantastic performances on the stage, Waterside Festival has got you covered. There really is something for everyone, from diving into the fascinating history of Aylesbury and its waterways to taking on a modern challenge of a pop-up escape room!
Helping to celebrate the history and heritage of Aylesbury as well as bringing some fantastic child-friendly activities and games to the festival is Aylesbury Town Council. Commenting on this year’s event, Aylesbury Town Council said:
"We are proud to once again be supporting the Waterside Festival, which celebrates the heritage of the Aylesbury Canal as well as showcasing the many talents, organisations and businesses we have within our town.”
And that’s not all! Hugely popular at last year’s Waterside Festival, the following splash-tastic activities will be returning for this year. Enjoy free canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding sessions as well as free fishing taster sessions, suitable for all ages and abilities. Climb aboard the beautiful narrow boat, Catalina, and learn about life on the waterways with Aylesbury Canal Society, or take a leisurely excursion and unwind as you float down the Aylesbury canal on ‘The Little Trip Boat’.
Aylesbury Canal Society Secretary, Naomi Barnes said:
"Having attended the event last year as a normal visitor, I am really excited that the Aylesbury Canal Society will be there and playing a more active role this year."
Ready to educate on all things water and wildlife, Waterside Festival is excited to introduce a fantastic array of wildlife activities based around the brook. New to this year, see wildlife in action by joining in with pond-dipping, tank-glimpsing and embarking on a special nature trail. Thanks to the festival’s brilliant supporting partners, there’s a whole host of information, competitions and activities on offer as well. Festival friends, Visit Buckinghamshire, are returning to Waterside Festival to share all the fantastic reasons to explore the county as well as running a competition and challenging festival-goers to correctly identify the Bucks attraction or landmark.
Marketing Coordinator for Visit Buckinghamshire, Molly Buszard, said:
"The Waterside Festival is a brilliant addition to Buckinghamshire’s yearly events and we look forward to being continually involved over the coming years.”
For more information on Waterside Festival, and to take a further look at everything in store for the day, please visit: www.watersidefestival.org. Waterside Festival is a non-profit community event sponsored by Aylesbury Garden Town and co-ordinated by Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership.