Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

All aboard for canal festival weekend
All aboard for canal festival weekend

A swashbuckling programme of fun is on offer to families in Kirkintilloch this weekend (August 23 and 24) - involving boat trips, pirates, puppets, sports, live music, magic and mouth-watering food and drink.

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival comes to a crescendo this weekend with a host of great attractions – organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and the Leisure and Culture Trust.

It’s one of the most popular events of the year locally and residents have been urged to get involved in the extravaganza.

Don’t miss next week’s Kirkintilloch Herald for photos from the festival weekend. We’ll also be putting some video clips from the festival on our website ( later in the week.

Here are just some of the events taking place over the weekend.

Today, (Saturday, August 23) there will be a range of activities in and around Kirkintilloch Marina from noon-5pm – including boat trips, water rollerz, Zumba, spin art, sports, food and drink, street theatre, climbing wall, canoeing, music, funfair, stalls and performances by the Kennedy Cupcakes – a 1940s/50s-inspired dance troupe.

Get Active Saturday culminates in an evening concert from 7.30pm – with live music from Foxx (two superb vocalists) and, back by popular demand, headliners Big Vern n the Shootahs. It will be capped by a spectacular fireworks display.

William Patrick Library will welcome Zoolab on Saturday – offering fun, exciting and safe animal-handling workshops. Meet snakes, giant millipedes, tree frogs and more.

There will be sessions throughout the morning and at 2pm and 3.30pm – first-come, first-served. There will also be pirate costume-making.

Also today (Saturday) the Auld Kirk Museum offers an open-air ‘Walk and Sketch’ from 2pm-4pm, and the chance to have your face painted and dress up as a Victorian.

Gala Sunday (August 24) offers a fantastic range of activities around the Marina from noon-5pm - including Coppers on the Canal, funfair, caricaturist, puppetry, Zumba, boat trips, water rollerz, spin art, street theatre, come-and-try canoeing, climbing wall, live music and performances by the Kennedy Cupcakes.

Events on Sunday at the Auld Kirk Museum - from noon-4pm - include a magician, juggler and stilt-walker, face painting, music and a demonstration from the Antonine Guard. You can also dress up as a Roman or Victorian and have your photo taken.

Also on Sunday afternoon, at William Patrick Library, there will be storytelling, pirate costumes and a photo/video booth to record memories of the festival, Commonwealth Games and Queen’s Baton Relay.

A Pirate Parade will take place from the library to Peel Park bandstand on Sunday - from 3.10pm-3.30pm - with the chance to ‘walk the plank’ in the bandstand.

Peel Park will be the location for ‘Your Country Needs Stew’ on Sunday - your chance to experience the impact of WWI upon the British kitchen at war and on the home front. You can try some bully beef, turnip bread and sandbag mess between noon and 4pm. Peel Park will also host the beer tent run by local restaurant, Mariana’s.

Cowgate will host a number of attractions on the Sunday - including Dunbartonshire Concert Band, Sounds of Jazz, market stalls, funfair, Blue Knights motorbikes and classic cars.