PICTURES: did we spot you at Whaley Water Weekend?

More than 5,000 visitors flooded to the canal basin for the 16th annual Whaley Water Weekend which organisers described as the biggest yet.

The event, also know as W3, was once again a success as people rode a canal boat, tackled a canoe or even gained some circus skills all for free.

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, the Peak Paddlers canoe rides were as popular as ever

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, the Peak Paddlers canoe rides were as popular as ever

Organiser Barry Rudd was thrilled with the turnout. Speaking on the second day of the event on Saturday, June 11 He said: “It is always such a popular event and so great to see so many people turning up to have a good time I think more than 5,000 will have come down by the end of it.

“I don’t know how we manage it but I think this year once again it is bigger and better than last year.”

Those who visited the basin on the Saturday were treated to dances by the Powderkeg Morris group, they gathered quite a crowd and even encouraged people to take part.

New mayor of the High Peak George Wharmby was enjoying seeing people come together.

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Michael Widle of the Whaley Bridge Brewery

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Michael Widle of the Whaley Bridge Brewery

He said: “This is a fabulous event and I’m really pleased to have been invited.

“Every year the volunteers work so hard to bring the community together and should be so proud of this weekend.”

Dad Nigel Eastmond, 45, from Whaley Bridge said: “The village is transformed when W3 is on and long may it continue.”

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Holly and Lesley George joining in the pirate theme

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Holly and Lesley George joining in the pirate theme

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend,

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend,

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, New Horizons who are based on the canal were celebrating their recent Queens Award For Voluntary Service, James Dunlop and Peter Sharp

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, New Horizons who are based on the canal were celebrating their recent Queens Award For Voluntary Service, James Dunlop and Peter Sharp

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, the historic Transhipment Shed was opened to allow the public a look around

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, the historic Transhipment Shed was opened to allow the public a look around

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Zara Clarke was handing out chocolate dubloons to the junior pirates

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Zara Clarke was handing out chocolate dubloons to the junior pirates

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Steve Wood helping run an O gauge model railway based on the canal basin

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend, Steve Wood helping run an O gauge model railway based on the canal basin