Traditionally the local council used to run a canal festival at Brownhills for one day every years, but this fell by the wayside a few years ago. This year it was organised for the first time by the BCN Society as a full-weekend festival, helping to celebrate the 250th anniversary of canals coming to the Birmingham area.
There were about fifteen stands/stalls along the towpath from traders and local charities, along with about six trading boats. A further six ex-working boats were on display, some moving around with their butties. A more modern workboat gave trips along to Catshill Junction and back. The canoe section of the local leisure centre
The community centre had been hired and a tearoom had been set up there. It was also used as a bar, and for the evenings' entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. A talk was also held on Saturday afternoon, looking at the links between the canals and the railways in this area.
Around 40 visitor boats came for the weekend, and there was a good footfall from locals. Although both days started off a little damp, the weather improved to sunny spells.