Rickmansworth Festival 2013

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Floating band and canal boats in Rickmansworth


It is amazing what I keep discovering here in London... I have never heard of the Rickmansworth Festival ( nor Rickmansworth for that matter) even though this year was its 20th year! I only found out about it because I was taking the special vintage tube journey organised by London Transport Museum ( see my previous entry) on the day.

Arriving at the station, we waited for the free heritage bus to take us to the site of the festival. I was excited to see a green RT, the predecessor of Routemasters which has been beautifully restored. On the way back, I got to ride on a red routemaster with a conductor giving us free tickets via his vintage machine. It really brought back memories and it made me realise how much I miss the good old days when I could jump on and off those buses so easily!


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Free heritage bus services provided by London Transport Museum Friends which included conductors on board giving out tickets from the vintage ticket machines


I had no idea what to expect at the festival, but I was quite pleasantly surprised by the showcase of canal boats there. I have always wanted to go on a canal boat holiday in the U.K. but somehow never had the opportunity, so this was a good chance to see them up close.


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It was intriguing to see many beautifully painted and restored canal boats and the engines inside as well. It seems a shame that canal boat art/ decoration is not more recognised because I could see a lot of effort have been put into decorating the boats ( inside and out) and each one has its own unique style. The more traditional style is similar to folk art from Russia/ Eastern European with roses and castles as the main theme and motifs, but there were also some non-traditional style including a Mexican one! I walked past a lady/ boat owner selling hand-painted ceramic ware and I bought an item simply because of the cheerful colours!


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The festival took place near the Rickmansworth Aquadrome local nature reserve where there are two lakes, Batchworth and Bury. While stroll along the lake, I saw people water skiing, camping, fishing and a family of ducks and ducklings, which was lovely!

My day had been more enjoyable than I expected and it triggered my interest to find out more about other festivals that take place near London. Summer is the best time to explore and take part in outdoor activities, so I will look out for fun events in the coming months!



 Rickmansworth Aquadrome local nature reserve

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