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The annual festival of folk and rock music is taking place over the weekend of 8th to 10th August at the edge of the village of Cropredy close to the Oxford Canal.

The Fairports Cropredy Convention attracts up to 20,000 people each year which makes it one of the largest annual festival of its kind in Britain.

The festival features a single stage but there are also ancillary events, such as morris dancing and live music at the two village pubs.

The festival began in July 1976 as small private performances to locals by the electric folk band Fairport Convention for about 750 people in a back garden.

The following year the performance was repeated and fans allowed to attend and so the festival was born.

Fairport Convention still organise the festival and the band gives the closing concert which is a marathon performance lasting for over three hours and the festival ends with the singing of Meet on the Ledge.

You can enjoy the Fairport Convention at Cropredy and explore the Oxford Canal from a Canal Boat Holiday from Gayton Marina.

Cruise the Oxford Canal on your Canal Boat Holiday and navigate your way through the Napton Locks.

The Oxford Canal is raised 48 ft by the 6 Napton Locks and as you approach the locks near to the beautiful village of Napton on the Hill you will see on the sky line Napton Windmill.

Visit Tooleys Boatyard where canal pioneer Tom Rolt set out on his 1930s journey around the waterways.

His travels in Cressy were immortalised in the book Narrow Boat which directly led to the formation of the Inland Waterways Association.


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