Aug 142016


Here is a sample of the feedback we have found regarding the Woking Canal Festival that took place recently. The fact that the event and the many historic boats were enjoyed by so many is encouraging to all of us involved with the promotion of the Basingstoke Canal. It also confirms that we are custodians of a much appreciated and attractive amenity. Prospective boaters, please note the first comment below! – Ed.

Verbal comments:
… the most friendly canal we have ever visited. The BCA rangers were brilliant, and very helpful.
The Deepcut flight is one of the most attractive in the country.
HNBC boaters

I very much enjoyed the time I spent at the festival and was very impressed with the whole mood and spirit surrounding the event.
Richard Parry (Chief Executive, Canal & River Trust)

Boats moored near Chertsey Road Bridge

Some comments appearing on the Woking Streetlife website:

Another 12 boats due to come up the Woodham locks on Friday heading to join the 30 already in Woking for the festival this weekend.
Paul and Susan

It’s wonderful to see and have such life colour and movement on the canal. We’re loving it, we back onto where all the boats are moored and have front row seats!
Claire S

Saturday has been a perfect idyllic English quaint day, absolutely delightful, the boats, the stalls, the music, the entertainment the sunshine, just lovely all round.
Paul and Susan

Today was lovely. We had a stall for the Hospice and people were all in such high spirits. A lovely atmosphere so well done to all of the organisers !
Wendy D

Great day out, lovely friendly atmosphere and well organised. Thanks to the people who put the event on in an idea location for parking etc.
Chrissie E

Historic boats on moorings at the Festival site.

Historic boats on moorings at the Festival site.

I went along to the Bedser bridge to see the parade of narrow boats come along. Lovely sight. What made it even better was seeing a heron fishing in the canal only feet away from pedestrians and just across from the busy road and town centre. Also saw a young moorhen swimming along with a fish in its beak which it then swallowed.
Mary B

We really enjoyed our day thank you to all the organisers. Beautiful boats, friendly and informative folk, wonderfully relaxing finishing off at the Light box.
Caron B

What a fabulous two days of Canal activity, even the weather was superb. Thank you to all the people involved, so many smiles around and lots of banter. The location was perfect and things like this should happen more often. It felt like a perfect old-fashioned English weekend. Thank you again and hope all the boats get home safely.
Paul and Susan

We had a lovely time too, really appreciated the thought gone in to it, great family atmosphere, kid’s entertainment etc. Delightful.
Kaz G

We on the stalls thought was a great event too. A great location, great weather and well attended. The Mikron theatre show Pure was a wonderful finale. Well done and thanks to the organisers.
Robin & Amanda

Our family went and really enjoyed it .
Trudi C

We had a great day on the Saturday, beautiful weather, great rides on the canal looking at all the boats and lots of great stalls.
Sheila D

Parade of historic boats viewed from Bedser Bridge

Parade of historic boats viewed from Bedser Bridge

Some comments on Facebook:

Enjoyed looking at the beautifully decorated canal boats in the sunshine today and then a delicious lunch of chips and ice cream. Interesting stalls too – I bought a beautifully decorated crochet jug cover
Maureen Bird

Although I prefer rail transport I spent an enjoyable couple of hours today at the Woking Canal Festival. I also enjoyed a pint of Thurstons, local brewery – very refreshing.
Roger Manley

Yesterday we were at the Woking Canal Festival. An amazing day – brilliant weather, large and good-natured crowd, good beer tent – we should do this every weekend.
Thames Valley Morris Men

Lovely afternoon looking at historic narrowboats at Woking Canal Festival.
Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

Lovely walk to work this morning past “WOKING CANAL FESTIVAL”
David Donoghue

Some comments on Twitter:

Great to see so many boats on the canal – beer, burgers and entertainment for the kids come on down @BasingstokeCS
Cllr Colin Kemp

It’s good to see so many boats on the Basingstoke Canal @TheBCATeam #flickr
Paul Appleyard

@BoxcarJames @TheBCATeam It has just passed by our garden at Pondtail, Fleet. It’s lovely to see the canal being well used as it should be.
Anne Pickett

#Woking Canal Festival all on again tomorrow. Nice to see land at Brookhouse Common being used for public event.
Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

Happy 50th anniversary to the Historic Narrow Boat Club! Having a fantastic weekend in Woking thanks @BasingstokeCS
@TheBCATeam we all wish we could have stayed longer! Thanks for a great time on your lovely canal!
The Historic Narrow Boat Club

Boats in central Woking this weekend #wokingcanalfestival – if only they could stay! @basingstokecs @thebcateam
Claire Cockett

#Woking Canal Festival brilliant day – juggler and magician hilarious and awesome @BasingstokeCS
Chris Bore

Finally, a comment by Society Chairman, Philip Riley:

I think we can all be very pleased with the outstanding success of the Woking Canal Festival. Everyone I talked to (and there were a lot) including the boat owners, stall holders, BCA and visitors all said that they had really enjoyed the event which had a very friendly and informal atmosphere.

I’m sure the Festival will create a legacy of support both in Woking and throughout the length of the canal so we must capitalise on the tremendous good will that emerged from the event.

My sincere thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a memorable occasion.

Philip Riley (Chairman)