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Leigh Canal Festival, Fri 8th - Sun 10th Sep
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Over several sites, including the Waterside Inn, the Turnpike Gallery & Leigh Spinners Mill.

Boat trips, free canoe taster sessions, canal art, willow weaving, beer festival & stalls to enjoy.

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Organisers planning the best canal festival yet - Leigh Journal (29th Jul)

*George will be star of the show at Leigh Canal Festival along with roving traders *

George is one of the last remaining wooden horse-drawn ‘short’ boats from the L&L canal - Link

Images courtesy of Wigan Archives Service and the Canal & River Trust

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Leigh Spinners Mill are holding two open days: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Sat 9 Sep and Sun 10 Sep, 10am - 4pm

'Our main attraction is our steam engine, the largest of its type in the world and currently nearing operation. This will be supplemented this year by the opening of our Scutching Room which will feature our collection of textile machinery, steam driven models and other local artefacts.'

Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh. WN7 2LA
Links: leighspinners.org / Friends of Leigh Spinners (FB) / @SpinnersMill

FB: "We are doubling our space and will soon have our own Heritage Centre as large as Wigan's History Shop. We will have many interesting historical artefacts and if you want to learn about Leigh's history come to see us over the coming weekend. It is free entry for now but we will be charging in the future."

Women's Work, a play about the female workers at The Spinners Mill during WW1, will be on:

• Friday 8th Sept at 3pm at The Spinners Mill (invitation only)
• Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th Sept at 2pm at The Bridge Cafe

Free performances with a collection box for SAAFA who support veterans & their families (FB)

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Canal Festival Programme

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The story of Leigh folk legend, Jesse the Cropper, whose bike is on show at the Mill - Leigh Life

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Free car parking will be available at Adactus Housing Group Ltd’s staff car park at Turner House on King Street. (Leigh Journal)

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I did the Parish Church Tower Tour a few years ago and it was brilliant. (The only drawback is accessibility as there are narrow stone steps to climb.)

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I've been to the Festival but the canal was short of George.

A shame as not well attended whilst I was there, but the weather worked against them today. The canal through Leigh is a great place to explore; shortly on from King St Bridge is where the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal joins the Bridgewater Canal which goes on to Manchester.


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