Crick Boat Show - Overview

The UK’s biggest inland waterways festival

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What is it?

The Crick Boat Show is the largest inland waterways festival in the United Kingdom. It takes place at Crick Marina on the Grand Union Canal near Daventry in Northamptonshire every year over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

The Show has the greatest display of new inland boats, both narrowboats and wide beams, and it transforms into Britain’s largest chandlery for three days when over 260 exhibitors bring together the whole spectrum of inland boating equipment and supplies.

The inaugural Crick Boat Show took place in 2000, and it has since become a popular destination for waterways enthusiasts wishing to modify or upgrade their boat, newcomers eager to get afloat for the first time, and those looking for a relaxing day on the water.

The show is organised by Waterways World magazine in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina.

What can you expect?

  • Free Boat Trips
  • Boat Handling Sessions
  • Seminars
  • Trade & Preview Day
  • Canal & River Trust Marquee
  • Wheatsheaf Bar
  • Music Entertainment
  • VIP Marquee
  • Activities For Children
  • Favourite Boat in Show
  • Historic Boats

What are the
HavenKJ crew
up to?


This year the Haven KJ crew will continue with the fabulous sponsorship of “Favourite Boat in Show” where all visitors can visit our stand, located in the marina, and vote for their favourite boat.  The Favourite Boat in Show is a tradition of Crick Boat Show and can attract 1,000’s of votes.  We will be awarding two trophies – one for themost admired narrowboat; and one fo rthe most admired wide-beam.



We have our special buddies, Fran and Rich, stars of our video series, Coast to Canal coming to join on our stand at the Crick Boat Show.  Fran and Rich are well known within the inland boating community for their youtube channel Floating our Boat. They will be on our stand ready to meet with our visitors and speak about their life afloat.

Please do come and say hello and while you are passing you can (literally) post a question for them for our upcoming live webinar and in-depth interview – COMING SOON!

When is the next one?

Crick Boat Show 2023 Show will take place over the Bank Holiday of  Friday 26th May to Monday 29th May.

Friday 26th May will be Preview Day when all boats and Quayside stands (and much of the Show Village and Boating Marquee) will be open to trade visitors and to Preview Day ticket holders. Trade ticket applications will open in December 2022.



Where is Crick Boat Show held?

Crick Boat Show is held in Crick Marina in Northampton. The marina is located at West Haddon Rd, Crick, Northants, NN6 7SQ.

Can I camp at Crick Boat Show?

Yes! Caravans, RVs, and tents have their own camping area at the Crick Boat Show. Water, showers, toilets, sanitary, and garbage disposal are all available on site.

The campground has a small incline, so it is not completely level. Please note that capacity is limited and that availability cannot be guaranteed unless reservations are made in advance. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show tickets are not included in the price of a camping spot and need to be purchased separately.

Where can I buy tickets for Crick Boat Show?

You can purchase tickets for Crick Boat Show at the gate or online at their website:

Tickets get snapped up very quickly so we always advise to purchase ahead of May when wristbands are distributed to ticket-holders!

Is there parking at Crick Boat Show?

There is plenty of car parking at Crick Boat Show, including disabled parking & facilities and there is no charge for this.

What kind of food do Crick Boat Show offer?

Fish & chips, farmer’s grill, baguettes & paninis, Indian rassoi, pizza, pasties, doughnuts, and tea & coffee are among the culinary options available around the Food Court during Crick Boat Show.

If you happen to be at the Marina, you can get a cup of coffee or tea from a charmingly restored vintage van.