Organisers of a popular canal festival are really pushing the boat out this year.
A weekend of free entertainment is cruising towards Brighouse as the event gets under way this weekend.
And to the delight of thousands of visitors, this is set to be the biggest ever Brighouse Canal, Beer and Music festival.
The family-oriented event delivers not only canal activities, but also a street food and craft market, live music and a real ale festival.
The extravaganza is organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative, with the support of the Calder Navigation Society and the Canal and River Trust among other societies.
One of the organisers, Steven Lord, said: “There will be lots more boats to see on the canal this year with free trips, live music on five stage areas, up from three last year, a street market, demonstrations and a beer and Pimms tent.
“It will be a fantastic party atmosphere.”
The canal bustles into life this Saturday and Sunday allowing families to enjoy a free trip in one of the four boats operating cruises. Throughout the day, boats jostle for position as not only the canal trip boats but also pleasure craft sail up and down. The canal will teem with boats, demonstrations of canal crafts and free activities.
In the canal basin, visitors can see how a canal lock works, learn how to tie knots, watch birds of prey and even get to handle a snake!
On dry land, the town will buzz to live music performed on five stage areas by over 30 acts. The music covers all tastes from brass bands to folk to rock and roll. Morris dancers recreate the atmosphere of bygone days.
On Saturday, the music continues until 10pm.
A street market will feature over 80 stalls and the Yorkshire Classic Car Club will be displaying around 40 vehicles with a competition for the best turned out car.
Keighley and District Vintage Machinery Club have a working display of steam-powered machines while Halifax and Brighouse model engineers give steam train rides.
Other displays included rope making, knot tying and for the brave Creature Caboodle allow visitors to handle exotic animals.
Ann Gould, a happy visitor from last year, said “It was amazing. You couldn’t move it was so busy. Good day.”
Keep an eye on www.brighousecanalfestival.co.uk for more details or ring 01484 711835.