Bikes & Boats Fest in Ellesmere Port

people with bikes decorated as boats arrive at the National Boat Museum

The annual festival celebrates Ellesmere Port's rich heritage of bicycles and boats, and revives the bike carnivals of the 1900s

16 May 2019

The popular ‘Bikes and Boats’ Festival inspired by Ellesmere Port’s bike carnivals of the 1900s, will be back on Sunday 26 May for the third year running.

The fun-packed day, which is organised by us and the National Waterways Museum, includes a decorated boat-themed bike ride from Whitby Park to the National Waterways Museum, with a send-off by Ellesmere Port brass band. There will also be a Mini Bikes & Boats in Whitby Park for youngsters on scooters and stabilisers.

The National Waterways Museum will offer free admission on the Festival day, with donkey rides from the Museum and a packed programme of bike and boat activities, including traditional swing boats, traditional games such as hook a duck, beat the buzzer, craft activities, hoola hooping and a quiz trail.

The National Cycle Museum will have a display of vintage bikes and there will be a competition for the best dressed bikes.  On Saturday 25 May, there will be a bike decorating workshop and a ‘Dr Bike’ session at the monthly community café in the National Waterways Museum to help get bikes ready to ride and ‘blinged’ up for the festival.

Our Community Street Designer, Ali Dore, said: “The Bikes and Boats Festival recreates the spirit of Ellesmere Port’s bike carnivals and celebrates the town’s rich boat heritage.

"The National Waterways Museum will offer free entry on the day and this year we’re excited to include old fashioned fairground swing boats and donkey rides, so it will be a fun day out for all the family!

"This is a great chance to try out cycling on the National Cycle Network through the town and along the canal. Please find us on facebook at Sustrans North West and sign up.”

We have been working with the local community in Ellesmere Port for three years to help identify ways to improve public spaces and encourage more walking and cycling. Route 563 of the National Cycle Network (NCN) links Ellesmere Port to the canal and the National Waterways Museum.

The Ellesmere Port Community Places project is based on a concept first developed on the streets of New York. Our community street designers use simple ideas such as pop-up outdoor cafes, plants and temporary art installations to calm roads and encourage people to reclaim the streets as public spaces for community events, walking and cycling.

Ellesmere Port Community Places project is funded by the Peoples’ Health Trust using money raised by HealthFit.

To participate, you need to register for the Bike and Boats event in Whitby Park 

Find out more about Sustrans Community Street design project in Ellesmere Port

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