The canal is very close to where we live and each year on the May bank holiday weekend, there is a boat fair The Canalway Cavalcade in the Little Venice, Maida Vale. With a parade of the narrowboats and lots of boat folk! The weather this year was a little unpredictable but we went along all the same because it’s a fun filled day out.
There is bunting galore, among craft and merchandise stalls, children’s activities and a fab beer tent. There are multiple food stalls, everything from Caribbean jerk chicken, steaming bbq’s, pizza, gluten free salads and German sausage 🙂
Harry’s fascinated with narrowboats as my husband used to live on one once upon a time, way before marriage and children. He said it was fantastic and has told Harry all about what life was like living on water.
The boats are so beautiful. Most boat owners have their boats decorated quite lavishly on the outside. There is a design known as ‘Roses and Crowns’ that is a highly popular and regularly used decoration for both inside and outside of the boats as well as accessories such as the ‘buckby cans’. These cans are the tin/enamel delicately painted water jugs and barrels that you find on deck or perched on the top of the boat.
There’s something for everyone at this event. Not least the children. Once you’ve had a walk along the canal to admire the vast display of narrowboats and sampled some of the wonderful cheeses from the deli stall, or homemade fudge, you can find yourself in the Rembrant garden. This is on one of the grass banks and plays host to a number of children’s games and attractions. Not least the fabulous Punch and Judy! Still pulling in the crowds, who doesn’t like the squeaking wooden puppets that clobber one another over the head? The kids go crazy for it!
For a 3 day event, West London is a great place to be next May to sample some of the fun to be had for all of the family…