The Moira Canal Festival

Raising awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal

What is the Moira Canal Festival?

The Moira Canal Festival is a family event held every year on the restored section of the Ashby Canal, at the historic Moira Furnace Museum, on the North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire border. It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.

The Ashby Canal is being restored from its current terminus at Snarestone to Moira, Leicestershire. This major project will ultimately reconnect Measham, Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Moira to the national waterways network, and provide a green gateway to the Heart of the National Forest.

A HUGE Thank You!

Thank you for another successful year! The 19th Annual Moira Canal Festival couldn't have been what it was without our Volunteers, Traders, Caterers and most importantly, our VISITORS! Thank you all for coming down and we hope to see you again next year!


Please keep an eye on the website, the @MoiraCanal2019 twitter feed, or Moira Canal Festival Facebook page for news and updates.

The Canal's History

The Furnace

The Furnace Museum offers one of the most recognisable features of the Moira Canal Festival; not only this, but the Furnace arena offers a place for entertainment such as the Morris Dancers, Dangerous Steve and the American Civil War Society's Battle re-enactments

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The Entertainment

Whether it is a Battle of Britain Memorial Fight flypast, Morris dancing, children's crafts, local bands and singers, historical re-enactment or something more unusual, there is always something to entertain the whole family at the Moira Canal Festival !

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The Sponsors

We wouldn't be able to have half the success without our Sponsors; check out the list of our supporters and show them the love that they deserve! If you're interested in Sponsoring us for next year, drop us a message by visiting our Contact Page!

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Moira Canal Festival 2019

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