Canal Day set to go to the Wild West for biggest event yet

Canal Day is always a popular Banbury attraction every year.
Canal Day is always a popular Banbury attraction every year.

Banbury’s Canal Day could resemble the Wild West if boaters and visitors adopt this year’s theme of Cowboys and Indians.

The popular event is now in its 11th year and Banbury Town Council is making plans to ensure the town’s canalside will be crammed with things to see and do on Sunday, October 5. Those who enter into the spirit of the day will be dressed as braves and squaws or cowboys and cowgirls.

Narrowboats could be decorated as ranches, saloons or sheriff’s offices for the day and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Last year more than 20,000 people attended the event.

In addition to the Wild West theme, the towpaths and open spaces on both sides of the waterway will be packed with displays, charity stalls, a continental market, arts and crafts market, food and drink stalls and a folk concert.

Taxi boats will ferry visitors around the event and Cherwell Canoe Club will demonstrate their skills on the water.

Tooley’s Boatyard will showcase blacksmith demonstrations, engine displays and boat chandlery and a theatre group will perform in the dry dock.

Historic walks along the canalside will also start from the boatyard and Banbury Museum and The Mill Arts Centre will be open all day.