One of the highlights of the year is taking place later this month in the shape of the 25th Rickmansworth Festival.
The event, which is taking place on May 19 and 20, celebrates canals, the community and the environment.
The top attraction for many is the array of canal boats from across the country with at least 100 craft of many types and histories moored along the towpath up to four deep. But there are things to do, see and enjoy whatever your interests, and whatever your age.
The Rickmansworth Festival started as a purely canal based event in 1993, as part of the British Waterways “Canals 200” celebration that year.
The first was on a large scale, incorporating the Aquadrome as the main location for land based activities. Subsequent Festivals were much smaller, but they steadily grew in size and scope. At least 20,000 people now come each year.
The Festival now occupies part of the Aquadrome, the towpath between Stockers Lock and Batchworth, and the area round Batchworth Lock. You’ll find a range of music and performing arts, displays and presentations, traders, boats and catering.
For more information on the Rickmansworth Festival, go to www.rwt.org.uk
The festival is the culmination of Ricky Week which begins on May 12 and runs until May 20. It will involve the parade and Rickmansworth feature and this features a new award.
The Young Ricky Champion Award honours children and teenagers between 10 and 18 from Rickmansworth and the surrounding areas and the winners will lead the parade.