Swans on Navigation

 

Coming Events

CANAL FEST 2022

Driffield Navigation Trust has teamed up with Driffield Town Council to stage a Yorkshire Weekend spectacular on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31. The exciting event will include a two-day canal festival at Riverhead, Driffield,  and other attractions organised by the town council, including a fantastic market specialising in bespoke Yorkshire products and food. The aim of the event is to celebrate Yorkshire Day, and all that is great about the county, with Driffield Canal being one of the centres for the extravaganza.

David Taylor, canal commissioner, said: “We were thinking about organising an event on the canal for the Queen's Jubilee, but there were so many other things taking place in the town and surrounding area.So we decided to join forces with the town council to stage the Yorkshire Weekend spectacular, and make it a really big event for Driffield, running from Umbrella Plaza in Market Place to the canal at Riverhead.The navigation commissioners are keen for people to get involved with the canal by coming along to the festival to see what is going on and have some fun and games.”

Mr Taylor said the town council was very supportive of the trust, giving cash grants and other support, for its events in the past, so the commissioners were delighted to be involved in the Yorkshire Weekend. He said: “We are a charity that relies on fundraising and every penny we make at the Canal Fest will be spent on maintenance and improvements. The canal is a wonderful asset for Driffield and the wider East Riding area. A fully navigable Driffield Canal would bring an increase in tourism to the town and surrounding area, and boost the local economy, so we hope people will support the Canal Fest and Yorkshire week.”

The trust has lined-up a full programme of entertainment, which will run alongside the town council's attractions, including the market with stalls also being at Riverhead on the Sunday.

CANAL FEST PROGRAMME

SATURDAY
11am:   Canal Fest opens
11am to 5pm:  Licensed bar
11am to 4pm:  Barbecue - refreshments
1pm to 3.30pm: Gaslight Dixieland Jazz Band
11am to 4pm:  Boat trips to Town Lock and back
11am to 4pm: Water activities to try including pedalos and paddle boards
11am to 4pm: Heritage display – steam river launch and steam traction engine

SUNDAY
11am:  Canal Fest opens
11am to 5pm:  Licensed bar
11am to 4pm:  Barbecue - refreshments
1pm to 3pm:  Top singer Kenny J  -  the one and only Elvis Presley
11am to 4pm:  Boat trips to Town Lock and back
11am to 4pm: Water activities to try including pedalos
3.30pm:  Duck Race – cash prizes for winners
11am to 4pm:  Heritage display – steam river launch and steam traction engine

 


 

Previous events

Our 2021 gala was a great success

The Trustees of Driffield Navigation Trust, grouped together at North Frodingham Landing on the occasion of our 2021 Canal Gala, welcome you to our website, and look forward to your support for our very worthy cause.

Trustees

Pictured - left to right - John Turton, Tony Arnott, Johnny Sutton, Peter Markham, Paul Wilson, Gina Simpson (Clerk), Rob Hood, Doug Stephenson, Colin Askin, David Taylor, Chris Shuttleworth and John Scholey (Chair - in the front).

The trustees of Driffield Canal welcomed hundreds of supporters to their 2021 gala to celebrate the ongoing restoration and raise funds for the upkeep of the waterway. Driifield Navigation Trust, which runs the 11-mile canal, pushed the boat out for the two-day fundraiser at Frodingham Landing on Satuday and Sunday, September 25 and 26.

The trustees also wanted to show that the waterway is open for business, including boat trips , following the pandemic lockdowns. Families joined cruises on the trust's popular trip boats, Lady Jayne and Driiffield Navigator, to view countryside not normally see from the road.

Trust chairman John Scholey said: "It was one of the best weekends we have had at the Landing, and fortunately we were blessed with good weather. We had a good crowd of people on both days, and the taster boat trips proved to be very popular.  Both boats were running non-stop from 10am to 4-30pm on both days, with queues of visitors building up to take a trip. Kylie the East Coast Soul singer was brilliant, and helped to keep visitors entertained.  We were also delighted to have the Great Driffield Radio roadshow, who  broadcast interviews with canal trustees and visitors from the gala throughout the weekend."

"The trustees want to thank everyone who supported us by attending the gala weekend, because we rely on on the money raised for the upkeep of the waterway."

Visitors were also able to see work undertaken by volunteers from the trust to improve facilities at the landing, which has become a popular launching spot for paddleboarders and canoeists.

Trust vice-chairman Mike Artley said: "We are on a mission to see boats being able to sail all the way from  Hull into the Canal Basin at Riverhead, but the major sticking point is the low fixed road bridge at Wansford. As we come out of the pandemic, the trustees are looking forward to meeting with East Riding Council, and other partners, to discuss the way forward for Wansford Bridge."

The trust would like to thank everyone who attended, and those who supported the organising, including Driffield Town Council and Great Driffield Radio..

Below are photos of the public enjoying their day on the canal

 

 

 


 

Driffield navigation Amenities Association
Christmas dinner 2019

The Christmas Dinner of the DNNA was held at the Trout Inn, Wansford on Saturday, 14th December and was a great success. Many thanks to Linda Tullock and her team.

 


 

The 2019 Raft Race

The 2019 raft race was held on the Driffield Canal as part of a family fun day on Saturday, August 24, to raise funds for Lions and Rotary charities, and raise awareness of the ongoing programme of restoration work.

See more pictures in the photo gallery.

Alan Hardy, one of the organisers, said: "We are delighted to be holding the event again, but this year it will be part of a family fun day. We want people to come along and enjoy the day, and help us to raise as much money as possible for local charities."

Activities included canalside stalls and sideshows, crafts, childrens activites including a climbing frame, radio controlled model boats, ice cream and other refeshments. There was a grand raffle with cash prizes.

 

 


 

The Navigation gala, July 2019

This event was a great success. A report and photos have been posted in thephoto gallery

 


 

Christmas Meal at the Trout Inn, Wansford, December 2018

Supporters of the 250-year-old Navigation enjoyed a Christmas Meal at the Trout Inn, Wansford, on Saturday, December 15, organised by Driffield Navigation Amenities Association. Almost 50 people attended and everyone had a good time. Many thanks to Linda Tulloch and all those who helped.

A report and photos have been posted in thephoto gallery