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Site updated
5 April 2017


on the Shropshire Union Canal in south Cheshire

Canal Shop       Gifts       Needlework Shop       Events

Historic Boats

 the widest selection of canal books, maps and guides


needlework kits and crafts


Paintings and embroidered pictures by
Sheila M Webster
Permanent exhibition by Audlem artist

Canal Art Exhibition
About 150 paintings, linocut prints and photographs from 15-20 artists
2 - 29 April

Steam Punk Costume
Exhibition by Audlem costume maker Monique Hollinshead
22 May - 30 July

Gathering of Historic Boats
29/30 July
About 35 ex-working boats

Textile Exhibition
by Fiona Nisbet
Autumn - dates to be confirmed


Audlem     29/30 July 2017

This event is now one of the most popular gatherings of historic ex-working boats in Britain, having started in 2009.  We will have at least 30 narrow boats, dating from the 1900s through to 1960.  Some are restored to their original carrying condition, but others are converted with cabins for living or holidaying on. The boats will stretch from the main road bridge to the bottom of the flight of locks.

At the canal wharf you will see Saturn, a 1906 Shropshire Union Canal fly boat, which often worked from Audlem, carrying cheeses and other goods loaded from the canal warehouse (now the Shroppie Fly pub).  Fly boats were timetabled to work round the clock, with horses regularly changed along the route, and crews less frequently!

The event is free to attend.  Please do not try to park at the canal wharf, as there is no public parking, but use the field by the canal bridge, just by the A529 turn to Market Drayton.

If you would like to enter your histotic boat, please phone 01270 811059,

or email