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Banbury Canal Festival

A fun-packed waterside weekend will provide entertainment and excitement for all the family.

Banbury’s Canal Festival will be action all the way with boat trips, a floating market, dancing and funfair rides.

There will be non-stop live music and more market stalls in the car park below Lidl.

In the something different category, the Sealed Knot (the oldest re-enactment company in the UK) will re-live scenes from the English Civil War and remind onlookers that Banbury Castle played an important part in the war in the 1640s.

The castle was held by Royalist forces but eventually captured by the Parliamentarians who ordered it to be demolished. Nothing now remains of the castle though Castle Street provides a clue and Castle Quay shopping centre occupies part of the castle site.

The Canal Festival, on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October, will also celebrate the history of the canal and remind visitors that the waterway, which opened in 1778, was an important chapter in the town’s development.

It brought goods and trade and created jobs and wealth.

The canal festival, organised by Banbury Town Council, will include fun on and off the water and is a free-to-enter event.

Music will include live performances from local artists – and a folk festival in the General Foods social club garden will be staged by Banbury Folk Club.

The folk fest will run on both days and feature some of the best folk singers and musicians.

Fantastic dance performances will take place outside the Mill Arts Centre and Bridge Street Park will host the Sealed Knot performances.

Moored narrowboats selling a variety of goods will make a towpath stroll well worthwhile.

Chamberlaine Court car park will be packed with food and drink stalls.

Castle Quay will be hosting a face painter, balloon artist and glitter tattooist where children can get their festival look for free!

On the town side of the canal, Tooley’s Boatyard will provide its own fascinating entertainment.
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To celebrate Canal Day The Light is offering 25% off all food in the Lower Decks Bar and Kitchen valid on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October only.  See for terms and conditions.


They’re offering a free glass of champagne for anyone eating with them from 30th September to 31st December.

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The festival will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm both days.