Slough Canal Festival is a wonderful weekend by the water!
Two days of fantastic fun for all the family with free entry, free parking, free displays and performances in the main arena and much more. And full disability access to the site and allocated parking.
Take a leisurely boat trip up the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. There are long and short trips available throughout the weekend for just £5 for adults and £3 for children for long trips (60 minutes) and £4 for adults and £2 for children for a short trip (25 minutes). Tickets on sale on the day from the information marquee.
There is a fiesta of furry, fluffy and feathered friends to meet at the Canal Festival. Fuss over ferrets, giggle at goats, pet ponies, delight at ducks, brush bunnies, find fish and be in awe of the birds of prey.
The Environment Agency will be offering free coaching on fishing in the canal, Ridgeside Falconry will be showing off their birds of prey in a static display and with a fantastic flying display packed with audience participation.
Basil and Crew mobile farm will be showing off their collection of cute and furry with rabbits, ducks, ponies, sheep and more.
Rescue pooches from Rockwood Dog display team will be jumping through fire, over obstacles, tackling 'robbers' and even walking on high beams! (Sunday only) And if dogs are your thing see if a dog can outsmart some feisty geese with the sheepdog display.
And don't forget to put a bet on which ferret is the fastest with ferret racing throughout both days!
The arts, crafts and charity marquee is packed full of local charities and craft stalls.
Watch the wood turner change a piece of wood into a polished mushroom right before your eyes, buy hand-painted canal wares, have a go on a tombola, find out about the work of the Friends of Slough Canal, pick a plant, choose a new handbag or scarf, get the kids to spend their pocket money on the pocket money stall, pick up a pet balloon, special hand made candles and pamper products or a range of bric-a-brac from one of the local charities.
Outside there's the range of chainsaw-carved garden ornaments, sand art activities and a whole marquee where children can take part in art activities from badge making to junk modelling with Emma's Crafty Kids (free).
As well as arts and crafts for kids, the fishing and the main arena acts, there is a whole kids corner with bouncy castle, fun rides, face painting and magic tricks. There's also giant JENGA, play equipment to stack or climb on, hula hoops and circus skills equipment to try.
For those who like to go on a hunt - find the bugs around the festival site to win a special goodie bag.
And we have the cheapest bungee trampoline in the country - just £1 a go!!
Ever ridden on a steam engine? Now is your chance as the Northolt Steam Engine trains offer rides around the main arena throughout the weekend.
The Slough Sea Cadets will be doing demonstrations on both days and the Kick Fit Martial Arts Academy will be strutting their stuff on the Sunday.
Birds of prey will be taking to the skies, dogs leaping through fire and other chasing geese. There is a whole range of displays and performances all weekend.
There is a whole range of food and drink available at the Canal Festival. Hankering for a burger? Fancy a pint? It is all available. And, of course, the famous samosas from the Friends of Slough Canal.
Slough Canal Festival is organised by Slough Borough Council with support from Inland Waterways.