(The website link that was here no longer works) Cheshire's waterways are about to 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 decorated 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.
Saturn, a restored Shropshire Union Fly Boat, will start its journey from Audlem on Sunday 8th June, calling into Nantwich Marina and Barbridge
before finally reaching Middlewich in time to join in the Folk & Boat Festival celebrations. Saturn will feature in the Launch weekend in Audlem before being horse drawn from Audlem to Nantwich, leaving Audlem Wharf this Sunday, 8th June at 2.00pm.
Many visitors to Audlem are expected this Saturday and Sunday for the launch weekend of Cheshire's Floating Garden Festival. There'll be lots happening at Audlem Wharf where you can experience what life was like on board a
Shropshire Union Canal Fly-boat, or try your hand at the traditional canal arts whilst enjoying local music from The Crofters, plus a performance on Sunday by the Day Star Theatre.
On both Saturday (from 12noon – 4.00pm) and Sunday from (11.00am – 3.00pm) there will be Canal Crafts on show; an opportunity to take a tour of Saturn; and demonstrations in the Mill Shop, plus a performance by 'The Crofters'.
Also, over the weekend, there will be lots happening in the Audlem Methodist Hall including an Audlem School's Art Exhibition; a chance to meet the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the WI will be serving teas.
On the Sunday only there will be a performance by Audlem's Day Star Theatre (12.30pm) at Audlem Wharf; a Horse Harnessing Demonstration (1.20pm); and the launch of Saturn (2.00pm). It will be a fine sight, and a must for photographers, as this famous narrow boat sets off horse-drawn to Nantwich.
Later in the afternoon, the Weaver Way will be formally opened. The Weaver Way will be an important walking and cycling route that is being developed from Audlem to Frodsham. It will really put Audlem on the map as the southern gateway to the new Weaver Valley Regional Park. There will be an opportunity to hear more about this project at the Annual Village Meeting next Wednesday evening.
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