Whaley water weekend set to make a splash

Whaley Water Weeekend, Charlotte Paul of Peak Paddlers
Whaley Water Weeekend, Charlotte Paul of Peak Paddlers

The popular Whaley Water Weekend is ready to cast off again later today (Friday) with a fantastic weekend line-up of family fun and entertainment.

Organisers are expecting a vintage year for the annual event, dubbed W3, which takes place in the picturesque Whaley Bridge canal basin.

Visitors can expect all the usual ingredients that make for one of the best family festivals around.

Plans include free boat trips, live music, local arts and crafts, delicious food, fairground rides, traditional Punch and Judy and many more activities for all ages.

W3 leader Barry Rudd thinks 2015 will see a renewed emphasis on quality.

He said: “This will be my fifth festival and each year we’ve tried hard to make it bigger. We’ve increased the live music, extended to three days, chased record visitor numbers, started our own catering arm—you name it, we’ve done it.

“There comes a point where you realise the event is about as big as its going to get. That happened to me at around midday on the Saturday last year when we were mentioned on BBC Radio 2!

“We want W3 to be remembered by every single person that comes along as a brilliant day out. That’s our mission and that’s why the W3 volunteers work so hard to make this event so special.”

W3 starts at 8pm on Friday with an evening of entertainment created by young people - soloists and a live band from Chapel High School.

On Saturday, Rogers Floyd return to the main stage with electrifying renditions of Pink Floyd classics. Expect giant inflatable pigs and dive-bombers during the performance.

Other acts include Mancunian folk rock legend Tony Auton, local favourites Turtle Zed and the Chinese Marbles.

The historic transhipment warehouse will also be open to visitors over the weekend.

Heritage advisor Judy Jones said: “The canal is so important to local history. It’s great to show wonderful structures like the warehouse to the community.”

For full details, visit www.whaleywaterweekend.org.uk.