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On 22nd February 1819, 60,000 people watched the first boats travel along the brand new Sheffield Canal.  Exactly 200 years later, it’s time to celebrate!

All activities will be free between 11am – 3pm.

11am – 3pm

Enjoy family friendly activities including time travelling tours with actors bringing the canal’s past to life, craft activities and more.


Don’t miss the main spectacle when the flotilla of brightly coloured boats will arrive into victoria Quays, recreating that first ever journey on the canal!

All activities will be free between 11am – 3pm.

4.30pm – 7.30pm

Ever been to a canal’s ‘This is your life’? well now you can. Get cosy in our inflatable igloo stage and watch as a giant storybook shows the canal’s past whilst an actor brings it to life. Four performances, buy your tickets now: https://giantstorybook200.eventbrite.co.uk

7.30 – 9pm

Enjoy a drink in the Dorothy Pax bar and marvel at the fire dancers on the quayside….


Dance the night away at our silent disco as our top DJ keeps the music going.  to round off our birthday bash. Buy your tickets now: https://silentdisco200.eventbrite.co.uk/



  • Heated giant igloo full of kids activities
  • Jopin Rusticus Arts on a theatrical trip back in time and get a free hot chocolate
  • Kids silent disco
  • Flotilla of boats
  • Giant storybook.

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