As you are all aware, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the committee of the Moira Canal Festival made the difficult decision to postpone the 20th Anniversary event from May 2020 to May 2021.

It is with deep regret that, as a committee, we have reviewed our position and more specifically the safety of all who attend, and have decided to further postpone the event to 2022.

The new date will be 28th & 29th May 2022.

With how unpredictable the coronavirus outbreak has been, we just cannot commit to a 2021 festival with the chance of a localised lockdown, national lockdown or even event restrictions in place.

Our committee work tirelessly on ensuring that the annual festival is entertaining, family friendly and spectacular. We also make sure that it is safe and enjoyed by all. Rest assured, work has began behind the scenes to ensure that the our 20th anniversary event will be the biggest, the best and the most impressive festival we have ever held!

We thank you for your continued support & can’t wait to see you again soon.

Stay safe - MCF Committee

The Moira Canal Festival


Raising awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal

To Celebrate our 20th Anniversary..

We are pleased to welcome the D-Day Darlings to celebrate the 20th Moira Canal Festival and also our contribution to May's VE Day.
Finalists in Britain's Got Talent, 2018,

UK's Premier Wartime Act, recreating all the old wartime songs!

"Classy, authentic, genuine, respectful, beautiful and amazing! The vocals and harmonies have been great" - Simon Cowell

A day out for all the family!
As Well as the D-Day Dalings there will be - Boats, Battle of Britain Flypast, Morris Dancing, Falconry Displays, Children's Entertainment, Historic Vehicles, a wide range of stalls and exhibits, Entertainment Marquee, bar and refreshments

Meet Mother Duck and enter the Ashby Canal Duck Race!

What is the Moira Canal Festival?

The Moira Canal Festival is a family event held every year on the restored section of the Ashby Canal, at the historic Moira Furnace Museum, on the North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire border. It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.

The Ashby Canal is being restored from its current terminus at Snarestone to Moira, Leicestershire. This major project will ultimately reconnect Measham, Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Moira to the national waterways network, and provide a green gateway to the Heart of the National Forest.

Please keep an eye on the website, the @MoiraCanal2020 twitter feed, or Moira Canal Festival Facebook page for news and updates.

The Canal's History

The Furnace

The Furnace Museum offers one of the most recognisable features of the Moira Canal Festival; not only this, but the Furnace arena offers a place for entertainment such as the Morris Dancers, Dangerous Steve and the American Civil War Society's Battle re-enactments

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The Entertainment

Whether it is a Battle of Britain Memorial Fight flypast, Morris dancing, children's crafts, local bands and singers, historical re-enactment or something more unusual, there is always something to entertain the whole family at the Moira Canal Festival !

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The Sponsors

We wouldn't be able to have half the success without our Sponsors; check out the list of our supporters and show them the love that they deserve! If you're interested in Sponsoring us for next year, drop us a message by visiting our Contact Page!

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