Saul Canal Festival - Folk on the Water

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Saul, Gloucestershire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Saul Canal Festival
Cotswold Canals Trust
44 Black Jack Street Cirencester Gloucestershire
Phone: +44 1285 643 440

Festival Description

Folk on the Water at Saul Canal Festival—two great events at one wonderful venue. The events combine a Boat Gathering & Folk Music Festival in a beautiful corner of Gloucestershire. Local and national artists performing on four stages—music, morris, theatre and top line traditional and folk/rock artists. The line-up includes an impressive 45 acts made up of 219 artists who will provide a total of 78 performances on four different stages.

The Saul Canal Festival is about restoration. A concept forged over thirty years ago with the formation of the Stroudwater Canal Society. The event is designed to attract media attention, people and funds to facilitate the re-establishment of the link between the rivers Thames and Severn. The event takes place at Saul Junction, an unusual ‘waterway crossroads’ where the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal intersects the soon to be restored Stroudwater Navigation. There will be a floating Festival Hotel and four music venues including the music pavilion with seating; this will accommodate top line concerts on Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings as well as a full programme of free entry daytime performances. Riverside Green—a new area launched in 2006 and dedicated to creating an ‘evening street market atmosphere’ selling arts & crafts will be open on the Friday evening. The 2009 festival will not take place.

Festival Dates July
Festival Links

Practical Info:

  • Festival On Site Convenience Shop - Frampton Stores
  • Special requirements, dietary needs or newspaper preferences. Book your special orders in advance by phoning Sharon and her staff at +44 1452 740 364
  • Information regarding online Purchases, Campers, Boaters, and Booking By Post visit
  • Saul Canal Festival takes place at Saul Junction the halfway point of the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal at Saul, Near Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire
    • Main Pavilion
    • Sabrina Theatre
    • Oliver Cromwell
    • Drum & Monkey
Moorings & Campsites:
  • For an information pack and entry form email, or
  • Following the cancellation of the 2007 event due to the freak summer floods we have relocated the campsite to 16 acres of pastureland that has never flooded. Camping for 2008 is offered exclusively to Festival Season Ticket holders and Support Staff Volunteers. Responding to feedback we have simplified booking & paying for camping. It is charged per person and can be done on line at or with the new, easy to complete, postal forms that will be going out early in January. Online booking goes live mid January.


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