Crick Boat Show 2013
Reviewed by Angela Davis
At Crick Boat Show it’s possible to buy anything from a burger to a boat. There was plenty to keep the whole family occupied for a good day out, even if you’re not particularly interested in the boats, with a small funfair for the children if they got tired of walking round the stalls. There were of course lots of stalls with displays of boating equipment, as well as both narrow beam and wide beam boats on land and water, for looking round. Surprisingly there were plenty of people who had never been on a boat before, but were obviously here for an enjoyable day out. There were also food stalls from the ubiquitous burger/hotdog vans to fish & chips. The large marquee that served as the entertainment stage also housed a well-stocked bar with lots of tables to sit and eat or drink or just enjoy the wide range of music.
We were a little disappointed in the range of ‘crafts’ in the craft marquee as most of them were selling what were obviously not hand crafted items and the food marquee this year was also very lacklustre, but I’m sure if the weather had been wet then it would have been packed out. This year as it was so dry and sunny everyone was outside enjoying the good weather.
The car park was well managed and by the distance we had to park away from the showground there were a lot of people there. One of the things that we though was dangerous however was the straw that had been laid down, which was quite unnecessary this year as it was nice and dry, but the straw was still very slippery underfoot; they really should have put bark down which isn’t slippery and rots down much quicker.
Toilet facilities were again, clean and tidy, and there were no queues even for the ladies toilet, which is often the case.
This was a great fun show for anyone wanting a good day out with a slightly different slant on the usual country show.
Tickets for Crick Boat Show 2014 (24-26 May 2014) will go on sale in November 2013. For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com