Get set for canal festival

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KIRKINTILLOCH’S 200-year old waterway is set to be transformed into a waterside carnival when the annual canal festival kicks off in August.

The event is set to be bigger and better this year with an entire week of fun and excitement planned in and around the town from Monday, August 20 to Sunday, August 26.

Around 25,000 visitors are expected to go along and it kicks off with ‘story week’ - a five day long celebration of local history including exhibitions, stories, theatre, music and laughter. There will be evening canal trips with presentations and lectures on the Forth & Clyde Canal Society’s ‘Voyager’ leaving from Kirkintilloch Marina.

On Saturday, August 25 there will be an afternoon of water and land based adventure activities for all the family including canoeing, walks, cycling, water fun, archery, climbing wall, fishing contest and fairground.

In the evening at around 5pm, there will be a live show food, drink and music including tribute acts, followed by the fireworks finale at 9.30pm.

The eagerly anticipated ‘Gala Sunday’ will be on August 26 and this year it will take place in three zones with canal cruises, live music, street theatre, canoeing, music and performance at the Marina.