Swans on Navigation


Photos taken on the Driffield and district waterways

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The Raft Race 2019

Exciting raft racing made a welcome return to Driffield Canal as part of a family fun day on Saturday, August 24. The event was organised by Driffield Lions Club and Driffield Rotary Club, and supported by Driffield Navigation Trust. It was to raise funds for Lions and Rotary charities, and raise awareness of the navigation and the trust's ongoing programme of restoration work. Activities included canalside stalls and sideshows, crafts, childrens activites including a climbing frame, radio controlled model boats, ice cream and other refeshments. There was also a grand raffle with cash prizes. Thanks to David Credland for the photos. If anyone has any more, please send them in.


The Navigation Gala 2019

Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon was the perfect pastime for hundreds of visitors to the Driffield Navigation Gala. Boat trips from Riverhead to Town Lock were a popular attraction at the free two-day waterway spectacular over the weekend of July 13 and 14. Live bands, food and drink, and other entertainment, were enjoyed by people who took part in the fun and festivities along the banks of Driffield Canal. Visitors also had the opportunity to discover more about plans to turn historic Mortimer's Warehouse into a heritage visitor centre.

The gala was organised by Driffield Navigation Trust and Driffield Navigation Amenities Association to raise funds for the restoration of the waterway. It also aimed to raise public awareness about what is happening on the 11-mile canal, which opened in 1770, to make it fully navigable again. The Dixieland Jazz Band added to the atmosphere of the gala, and one of the main treats was the Abba tribute band which went down really well. Driffield Musical Theatre put in a tremendous amount of effort for their brilliant show on the Saturday night. The gala was the culmination of a lot of hard work by DNT and DNAA members who want the navigation to be fully open and operational.

Birds of the navigation 2018-19

Bird photos taken at the Tophill Low nature reserve by David Credland in 2018-19 and other birds seen on and around the Navigation

Swans on the Navigation, at Brigham, Wansford and Tophill Low

Kingfishers at Tophill Low

Canal Festival 2018

The Canal Festival was held on Sat 14/Sun15 July, 2018.

This fundraiser was organised by the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association with the support of the Driffield Navigation Trust. The weather conditions were ideal and the event, held at Frodingham Landing, was a huge success with many people of all ages enjoying the fun and festivities.

Boat trips on the Lady Jane and Driffield Navigator were very popular, with more than 600 people taking trips. There was live music provided by the Aldbrough Outlaws, a bar, barbeque and duck race.
Volunteers worked hard to ensure the whole event went well.

250th Anniversary

On Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July 2017, a celebration was held at Riverhead, Driffield to mark the 250th anniversary of when the first act of parliament was passed to build the canal from the River Hull to Riverhead, Driffield. The Navigation was opened in 1770 and played an important role in the transportation of grain, wool,coal, building materials and various other commodities.

The Raft Race 2018

Crowds of supporters gathered on the banks of Driffield Canal to cheer on enthusiastic raft racers at Riverhead on Saturday, August 25.

The thrills and spills of the knockout fun event also included many free attractions to make it a real family day out on the historic canal. The event was organised by Driffield Lions Club and Driffield Rotary Club with the help of Driffield Navigation Trust who run the waterway. It brought back happy memories for for many older folk who could recall the days when an annual water gala was held in the canal basin at Riverhead.

Loud cheers went up when when the team from Florida Marquees were crowned the victors, with the Venture Scouts winning the Plate competition. The organisers were delighted with the response to the inaugural raft races and fun day, and are considering planning another event next year.

Town Lock Reopening

The special guests at the celebration included Kate Sweeting of Look North fame (centre) and the Mayor of Driffield, Councillor Philip Stocker, accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Jasmine Stocker. At the time, the Chairman of the DNT was Mr Brian Kitt (left) and the Vice-chairman Mr John Scholey (second left)

Christmas meal 2018