Tooleys announce open weekend

Tooley's Boatyard will open its gates to the public this weekend
Tooley's Boatyard will open its gates to the public this weekend

There may be no Canal Day this year but Tooleys Boatyard will host three days of events this coming weekend.

On tomorrow (Friday) theatre group Acts of Abandon will perform a double bill performed by storytellers Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin.

Tooley's dry dock turns into an entertainment venue for plays and music

Tooley's dry dock turns into an entertainment venue for plays and music

The Much and Shovel Brigade tells the story of the life and near death of the Droitwich Canal after a 1939 Act of Parliament left it abandoned.

That will be followed by the allegedly true story The Mary Rose, A Boat of Ill Repute. According to a law passed in the early 18th century it was legal to operate a brothel on a boat so long as there were never more than two customers – and the law was never repealed.

Entry to the show is pay what you can on the door and the show starts at 7.30pm.

This Saturday and Sunday the yard will be open to the public between 10.30am and 4.30pm, featuring tours of the historic dry dock including the forge and the belt room plus, music, blacksmith demos, boat trips and refreshments.

Tooley' Boatyard, Banbury. Director Matt Armitage with their Kolsch die sinking milling machine, once owned by Alcan. NNL-160111-141412009

Tooley' Boatyard, Banbury. Director Matt Armitage with their Kolsch die sinking milling machine, once owned by Alcan. NNL-160111-141412009