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Free Steam Festival
Anderton Boat Lift
Saturday 11th May 2019 - Sunday 12th May 2019
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It will be full steam ahead at Cheshire’s giant Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich in Cheshire when it holds a free, family-friendly, Steam Festival on Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May, between 10.30am and 3.00pm.

The event will see the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift, a pinnacle of Victorian industrial engineering, transformed by steam-powered traction engines (full-sized and miniature), historic narrowboats and a steam-powered car.

In addition, the ‘Duke of Normandy’ tug, built for the German Customs service in 1934, will be available for viewing.

There will be seven traction engines ‘in steam’ on the day including three huge Aveling & Porter engines - ‘Vanguard’ (1893), ‘Oberon’ and ‘Avelanna’. It will be the first time that the ‘new build’ traction ‘Wanderer’, will be on display.

It has been built to original designs from the manufacturer, Ruston Proctor. Miniature traction engines will be on display as well as the Bregazzi Buggy, constructed by its owner utilising steam boat technology.

Moored both on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver will be historic narrowboats from the National Historic Ships Register, including the ‘Effingham’, ‘Rudd’ and ‘Thea’ as well as the ‘Lynx’, ‘King’, ‘Sweden’ and ‘Swallow’.

The event is free and there is no cost to enter the site.

Visitors can enjoy the traction engines which will be displayed on the terraced grounds leading down to the giant Anderton Boat Lift and River Weaver as well as near the entrance overlooking the Trent & Mersey Canal. 

Also available free of charge is the interesting, interactive exhibition on the history of the Lift, the well-stocked shop and the popular Tree Top Coffee Shop serving a wide selection of drinks and freshly-made food.

Please Note: Whilst we strive to keep our information up to date, this information can change without notice.
Please check parking restrictions before leaving your vehicle.


Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane


Please Note: The information regarding this event was correct at the date of publication. Whilst we strive to keep our information up to date, this information can change without notice. Please check with the event before attending.

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