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IWA National Trailboat Festival - scenes from Day 1

If you didn't manage to get to the first day of the National Trailboat Festival at Staveley, you missed a real treat. Five tripboats giving trips through the newest canal lock in the country, dozens of stalls, thousands of visitors, live music, real ale, food, local companies and loads of different attractions. To cap it all, the sun shone and the suncream was out!

There's plenty of time to get down there for the second day on Sunday 29th May... more details on this page. Alternatively, join in the discussions and share your photos on our Facebook page.

Here's a short video featuring some of the action from the Saturday. Enjoy!


IWA Trailboat Festival Staveley 2016 from David Morris on Vimeo.

John Varley II has arrived

24th May  2016

At last, the great day had dawned. The new John Varley arrived at Staveley Town Basin.

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Chesterfield Canal Trust Sales

All profits from these items go towards the Restoration of the Chesterfield Canal.

You can order by post from Jan Warsop. Email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will get back to you with relevant information. Please make cheques made payable to Chesterfield Canal Trust. Please add £2 for postage and packing whatever the size of order except where stated.

Many of these items are on sale on Ebay with one of our Members. You can see them by clicking here. Please note that in this eclectic collection, only those items marked *CHARITY* are for the Trust.

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Chesterfield Canal Festival Fringe

The National Trailboat Festival and Chesterfield Canal Festival will be taking place at Staveley Town Basin on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. To find out more, including about Captain Jackdaw and The Rumbucket who are fire eaters, click here.

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Summertime Sailings on John Varley

Lock Keeper's Table Cruises on John Varley