200th landmark celebrated with packed weekend

There will be trips on the New Horizons boat during the Pocklinton Canal celebrations.
There will be trips on the New Horizons boat during the Pocklinton Canal celebrations.

A packed weekend of activities will mark the 200th anniversary of Pocklington Canal later this month.

Organised by Canal and River Trust and Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, the celebrations will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.

There will be all kinds of things to do and see at Melbourne Arm and Canal Head, as well as along the towpath in between. Most of them are free, with donations requested or small charges for others, including boat trips.

Highlights at Melbourne (both days) include: Boat trips aboard New Horizons, willow weaving, Morris dancing, history and wildlife activities, Rusticus Theatre guided walks, live music, boat rally and a brass band.

Highlights at Canal Head (Saturday only) include: Coracle sailing, archaeology, shuttle bus between Canal Head and Melbourne (book in advance).

The event starts at 10am on both days and there will be light refreshments available.

Lizzie Dealey, project officer at Canal & River Trust, said: “It’s amazing to think that Pocklington Canal is 200 years old and still as important today as it was when it first opened – just in a different way. Now, instead of being a route for transporting goods it’s a haven for wildlife and a beautiful spot where people can relax.”

Find out more about the celebrations and how Canal and River Trust cares for the Pocklington Canal at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/pocklington.

The event is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund “A Gem in the Landscape” project.