The Moira Canal Festival



2023 Festival - To be confirmed!

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

Thank you to EVERYONE for your support for our 2022 Festival!


Our 2022 Festival was our biggest yet and through the support of our sponsors, caterers, traders and YOU, we were able to raise money which will go towards the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.

Keep up to date with this website for updates for our 2023 festival!

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 @MoiraCanal2022 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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