Burnley Canal Festival 2017


A FREE, family-friendly event over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Now in its sixth year, the Burnley Canal Festival is a non-profit community event celebrating Burnley’s matchless towpath environment.

We want to showcase Burnley’s unique canalside environment and bring people together to meet, mingle and, very importantly, to have fun!

2016 was the biggest Festival yet as 12,000 people took a Slow Boat to Burnley for an enlarged edition of the Festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the canal.  If you enjoyed all the fun, or even if you missed all the fun, join us this August Bank Holiday weekend for the 2017 Festival!

Music, dance, performance and spectacle, fun fair, food, workshops, craft stalls and waterborne activities will all be back to take you on a trail of magic and discovery through Burnley’s unique canalside environment and heritage.

You can see the full festival programme here!

“Loads to do, all for free.”

Here’s what happened last year!


Mid Pennine Arts are delighted to be working on the festival again, so close to their home in Burnley, continuing the partnership with events company extraordinaire, Deco Publique, behind such brilliant events as the National Festival of Making in Blackburn, along with the dedicated volunteer committee, Burnley Council, Canal & River Trust and other community organisations. The Festival will be supported once again by the Super Slow Way programme for Pennine Lancashire.