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Cheshireís Floating Garden Festival

8th April 2008 @ 6:06am – by Audlem Webteam
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Cheshire's Floating Garden Festival will take place from 7- 15th June 2008.

For one week in June Cheshire's waterways will see a flotilla of decorated boats taking part in Cheshire's Floating Garden Festival – crews from the four corners of Cheshire, including Audlem, will take part in the festival.

The heritage boats will travel through or over a massive total of 324 bridges, tunnels and aqueducts and negotiate 80 locks to meet together at the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival.

The festival promotes one of Cheshire's greatest assets, its inland waterways, with a flotilla of four decorated heritage boats moving throughout the County under the banner of Cheshire Year of Gardens. Boats will depart from Audlem in the South, Bollington in the East, Trafford in the North East and Ellesmere Port to the west of the county.

Launch events are being held in Audlem, Bollington, Lymm and Chester. Locations visited along the routes will be staging events as the floating garden reaches them. From concerts or performances, to schools visit or a meal in a canal side pub, or even a welcome from the local Mayor or Parish Chairman.

On arrival at Middlewich, the boats will take star billing at the annual Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival. They will be moored in a central location for the weekend, for people to view and enjoy. In addition, there will be a programme of canal-related activities over the weekend, with music, dance, workshops, arts, displays and exhibitions, all celebrating the waterways, traditional industries and culture of this historic county.


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