• Event Details

    Beat the the traffic and forget the the queues by joining us for a leisurely public cruise along the Bridgewater Canal to Castlefield, for a Christmas Shopping day out to remember.
    Prince Henry will be decked out in festive style especially for the occasion and well be playing Christmas Carols for your enjoyment along the way.

    We’ll be moored at Castlefield, a short walk from Manchester City Centre, for approximately 3.5 hours; enough time to visit the Christmas Markets, treat yourself to lunch, or spoil the little ones with a visit to a Christmas grotto, MOSI or another of the many city centre attractions.

    On the way well pass Old Trafford football ground, Hotel Football and Victoria Warehouse, and under picturesque Throstle Nest Bridge, to then follow the course of the River Irwell through the former Pomona pleasure grounds. Youll see Pomona Lock, which now links the Bridgewater Canal to the Manchester Ship Canal, and possibly spot its predecessor, Hulme Lock, further on, near to St. Georges Island. Castlefield Basin stands at the end of the Bridgewater Canal where it meets the Rochdale Canal at Dukes 92. It is now a conservation area with many bars, pubs and restaurants. See the modern amphitheatre of Castlefield Bowl, and explore the site of the historic Roman Fort of Mamucium, also known as Mancunium, which dates back to AD 79 and gives Manchester its name. All around the architecture is stunning with trams and trains rattling overhead along the two imposing wrought-iron viaducts.

    Before your return journey, join us back on board for Christmas crackers and complimentary mulled wine* and mince pies. *non-alcoholic alternative available.

    Full itinerary as follows:
    9am depart Stretford Marina
    10am arrive Castlefield
    1.30pm boarding for complimentary mulled wine and mince pies
    2pm depart Castlefield
    3pm arrive at Stretford Marina

    Tickets: 15.00 (a booking fee applies to tickets purchased online)

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
    All ages (no concessions)

    What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
    There is free car parking available adjacent to Stretford Marina. Please use postcode M32 0NQ. The marina is a 10 minute walk from Trafford Park railway station, and a 15 minute walk, via the canal towpath, from Stretford Metrolink station.

    How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
    Please e-mail allaboardmcr@gmail.com

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