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If you are cruising the Gloucester And Sharpness Canal this weekend on your Canal Boat Holiday moor up at Gloucester and enjoy the History Festival.

This year sees the 200th anniversary of the opening of the original basin at Gloucester to river Barges and as a result a weekend of celebrations has been planned for September 8th and 9th.

Over the weekend various activities will take place including a grand parade of Canal Boats and craft through the Lock on Saturday 8th September.

The parade includes the Queen Boadicea II ship specially decked out for the occasion with 40 children in Georgian clothes on the decks, a parade of soldiers dressed as in 1812, bands playing and cannons firing.

For children there is a play area, complete with bouncy pirate ship, whilst for the grown ups beer, from Gloucesters new award winning micro brewery will be available from several outlets.

Organiser Barry Leach said The opening of the lock between the river and the Dock basin was an important event in the history of Gloucester.

The Waterways Museum in Gloucester will be open throughout the celebrations and on offer will be a rich selection of events and activities.

Housed in a warehouse at the heart of Gloucesters fine Victorian docks, Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of our wonderful canals and rivers.

You can climb aboard historic boats, enjoy hands on fun, watch archive films and browse galleries rich in canal heritage and stories.

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