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06-12-2012 : BROAD STREET CANAL BOAT LIGHT PARADE

If you are cruising the canals in Birmingham on your Canal Boat Holiday why not join in with the Canal Boat light parade.

On 10th December a flotilla of illuminated Canal Boats will make their way along Birminghams canals from the National Indoor Arena to the Mailbox.

Birmingham is famous for having more miles of canals than Venice and in the middle of the 18th century there were 174 miles of canals in the area.

The first canal in Birmingham was opened in 1769 and used to carry coal from the coalfield at Wednesbury to the industries in the city.

Walk the tow paths and see Birmingham in a whole new way there are over 15 miles of canals to explore within the city centre itself.

Gas Street Basin was the hub of Birminghams canal system and today it is well worth a visit for its range of waterside pubs, shops and restaurants and to see the pretty Canal Boats moored there.

In the heart of the city discover The National Sea Life Centre a tropical paradise where you will meet everything from a starfish to a shark.

Stroll into the city to discover the wealth of shops including the controversial Selfridges building an iconic curved structure with a cladding of 15,000 spun aluminium discs.

The Bull ring has been a site to a market for more than 800 years and is still hosting indoors and outdoor markets today.

Visit the Jewellery Quarter where you can find the best deals and prices amongst hundreds of traders.

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The beautiful canals of England and Wales wind their way through a variety of interesting and distinctive locations offering you the chance to stop off and investigate further at a mooring of your choice or to simply continue cruising onto the next destination.
 
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