A Funtastic time in Droitwich 

There’s something very special about this small town; it has a most endearing feel. Having spent a fair amount of time here since 1998, when my mum and dad relocated from Sutton Coldfield, I’ve got to know its nooks and crannies rather well. Every time we came back for a holiday from New Zealand we’d stay here.

Now we’re Floating Traders, so subsequently having experienced the town and its people as such for a few years, I love it even more.

This year the St Richard’s Canal Festival was organised and managed solely by the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society. Previously for my Facepainting pitch I’ve liaised with the council. So we did wonder if we’d see any noteable difference in footfall.

I’m thrilled to report it was as amazing as ever. The footfall was fabulous. Even the weather behaved better than last year – though good old Mother Nature still managed to squeeze in most varieties during the three days. We just didn’t quite get snow or hail – though there were a number of rather uncomfortable times when it felt cold enough to! Continue reading


Delighted to return to Droitwich

One of our first events as Floating Traders, was St Richard’s Festival in Droitwich in 2014. Our dear friends Helen and Andy, from Wild Side, had already been trading there for a couple of years, so it was very special to moor up snugly next to them for the first time.

This year will also be significantly memorable, as they’re thankfully here after a one year absence due to illness.

Areandare The Home Brew Boat, closely followed by Wand’ring Bark and The Jam Butty with Wild Side and the festival field preparing for Saturday

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St Richard’s Festival Droitwich – our third time trading

Festival season for narrowboat traders is finally getting in full swing – starting this weekend. While many of our colleagues are at Norbury Canal Festival, we’re happily back in Droitwich for the third year in a row.

In previous years we’ve been thrilled to moor up comfortably close to Helen and Andy and their ‘Wild Side‘ boating business. So it’s with some sadness that we’ve taken ‘their’ spot this year. Helen’s had some health challenges recently, so their trading travels have been temporarily put on hold. We shall very much miss their company and conviviality over the weekend. Continue reading