Sunday August 14th sees the Horses at Work and War event at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
Developed by the Horseboating Society and the Boat Museum Society, the event shows horses involved in horseboating and other areas of work, making a great day out for visitors. We hope that some of our supporters are able to attend and enjoy the day.
To tie in with WW1 commemorations, the annual Horses at Work event this year has some activities based around that time period – primarily because nearly all canal boats were horse-drawn in Britain in WW1. Some vessels were horse-drawn in France and Belgium, but most were pulled by steam tugs on larger inland waterways. Horse-drawn boats on the home front carried foodstuffs, ammunition, and even soldiers.
Sue Day and Nigel Dix will take 3 horses: Bonny as a boathorse, Castle as a packhorse, and Bilbo as a WW1 cavalry horse. Kate Vigurs will provide 4 horse-based shows about WW1. Other horses will provide carriage rides. The farrier will be in attendance.
Come along if you can. There are always many interesting exhibits at the museum, both indoors and outdoors. See horseboat Ilkeston, for example, and look around her cabin.
Further details can be found on the website of the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
The event is between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.
TowlinesSee our programme of horseboating events.
VixenOperating dates of horsedrawn passenger trips on the Rochdale Canal.
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