Despite a weather forecast that didn’t bode well, the first day of the three day Inland Waterways Association Festival of Water at Pelsall was pretty good when I called in, and the rain held off until the moment I left.
There’s loads to do, more boats than you could imagine, food, ale, entertainment and fun and games of all kinds – it’s fantastic thing to visit, and it’s free, to boot.
I shot the breeze with old mates, admired the narrowboats, stuffed my face and as usual, spent far too much on books and old maps.
My favourites, the Armitage Birds of Prey Centre were there with the rescue birds, and a local animal rescue (sorry, forget the name) had a rather wonderful skunk and a rather romantic pair of Bearded Dragons – but as ever, it was the characters who made it.
The event really brought back memories of the Pelsall Canal Festival which I hope returns once more – I love boat gatherings, and the ones at Pelsall, like the one at Huddlesford is always excellent.
The festival continues Sunday (28th August 2016) from 10am until 6pm, and Bank Holiday Monday (29th August 2016) from 10am until 4pm. I can recommend the curry mutton.
Thanks to all the organisers.