Lindsay is leaving Etruria on Monday 24 August bound for the Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering over the bank holiday weekend. This is the first time that Lindsay has been to this popular event at Alvecote Marina, which attracts over forty ex working boats. Much time has been spent over the last few weeks getting everything into tip top condition for the event. This year the event looks forward to welcoming back 'Hasty' the fabulous steam tunnel tug by Brinklow and hopefully some small steam launches will also be in attendance. As usual we have some floating traders along with a fabulous flotilla of colour and splendour which is made up mostly from the Historic gang. There will be live music from Fri eve onwards with various acts throughout the weekend and on the Monday afternoon as things wind down we intend to hand the PA system and stage over to the boaters for another fantastic jam/music session to bring the weekend to a close, so if you can play an instrument then bring it! All weekend the pub will be running a fine selection of 10 local ales along with all the usual refreshments and food from the menu available downstairs. There will also be Boater's Breakfast (ticket only) and Beer garden BBQ daily. Throughout the weekend we have the skilful turning round competition (Prop Master) and the Les Lapworth award for the best turned out historic boat in attendance. Why not come along and see Lindsay along with all the other boats. The event is at Alvecote Marina, Robey's Ln, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 1AS
Travel by historic canal boat from Etruria to Middleport Pottery and return. Trips leave from Etruria Junction, Trent and Mersey canal, towpath by Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4RB Travel from Etruria to Middleport Pottery and back along the Trent and Mersey canal in the newly restored historic narrow boat Lindsay. You will sit in the hold of boat as we glide past the sites of Josiah Wedgwood's Etruria Pottery, the Garden Festival and Shelton Steel Works. On past the Burslem Port site, Newport Pottery, where Clarice Cliff produced Bizarre pottery, the Anderton Company boatyard and warehouse to Middleport Pottery, opened by HRH Prince Charles, having arrived on the very boat you are traveling on from Etruria. At Middleport you can look around the works, visit the factory shop and have a cup of tea in the cafe before rejoining the Lindsay for your return to Etruria. If you are lucky, you may see Terry the dinner-plate sized terrapin basking in the sun by the side of the canal. The trip is free but donations will be very welcome! Opening Times • Saturday 12 Sept: Trip 1 leaves Etruria 1030 returning 1300 & Trip 2 leaves Eturia 1330 returning 1600 • Sunday 13 Sept: Trip 3 leaves Etruria 1030 returning 1300 & Trip 4 leaves Etruria 1330 returning1600 Booking Details Pre-booking: Required Book via our contact page, specifying which trip you want, number of passengers and please include your telephone number.