Television presenter Julia Bradbury will be officially opening this year’s Crick Boat Show which will be taking place at Crick Marina.
The three-day Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival will take place from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27.
As well as opening the show, Julia, presenter of Canal Walks, Countryfile, Watchdog, Railway Walks, Wainwright Walks, will give a talk at the show about how her walking life started.
Julia said: “I’m delighted to be opening the Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival,
“It is where the canal world converges in the Northamptonshire countryside to celebrate our wonderful network of inland waterways and provide a great day out for all the family.
“I thoroughly enjoyed exploring some of Britain’s canals for my Canal Walks series, including the Kennet and Avon, Worcester and Birmingham and Llangollen canals.
“They cut a sedate path through some of the country’s finest scenery. I am looking forward to sharing some of my memories with the visitors to the Crick Boat Show during my talk.”
The festival has been organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and Crick Marina and is expected to receive around 25,000 visitors over the three days.
Peter Johns, publisher of Waterways World and show director, explained: “Julia is one of Britain’s most popular television presenters and we are delighted to be welcoming her to the Crick Boat Show over the Whitsun May bank holiday weekend.
“Julia’s love of the great outdoors is infectious and her fantastic BBC Canal Walks series revealed the beauty of the canals to millions of television viewers.
“We look forward to Julia’s visit to our show and inspirational talk about how her love of walking started.”
At the Crick Boat Show more than 200 exhibitors will showcase thousands of inland waterways products and services, from boats, engines and chandlery to holidays, brokerage and insurance.
The event offers an exciting programme of family entertainment, including boat trips, free traditional children’s fairground rides, live music and children’s activities.
There will also be arts and crafts stands, a large variety of food and drink stalls, competitions and talks from a wide number of boating enthusiasts.
The show will open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday, May 27, when it closes at 5pm.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 01283 742950, saving up to 29 per cent on gate prices.
Family tickets consisting of two adults and two children are £24 if bought in advance or £32 on the gate.
Entry is free for under 5s on all three show days and all children (16 or under) go free on the Monday (27 May).
Therefore on the Bank Holiday Monday, a family of four can visit the show for just £18 if tickets are purchased in advance or for £24 if bought on the day. Tickets are also available for individual days.
For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com, call 01283 742962 or go to the show’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ crickboatshow