The Candy Boat-Our Visit

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At weekend, a Facebook post caught my eye. A so-called Candy Boat was to be moored at a canal near the farm.

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It looked so novel. After a quick search on Mr Google, it emerged that the Candy Boat had been doing the rounds across the North West so, on Sunday afternoon, I put the children in the car and off we went.

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When we arrived at Dover Lock, a famous pub on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Abram, near Wigan, I could see how busy it was. Cars were even parked on the street on the way up.

G was asleep so I reclined the pram and off we went up the canal tow path.

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The Candy Boat was there in all its glory. We arrived around 2pm and, as it had been there since 11am and was also there the day before, I could see there wasn’t a lot left.

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We queued any way though and Boo had a great time and, despite taking after her Daddy in most things, she waited very patiently for her turn. Other children did not.

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I heard quite a bit of moaning and whining going on all around me which made me even more proud of Boo for waiting.

Just as we neared the front, G woke up. Most of the candy on offer was the hard variety so G had to be distracted with an oaty bar. He didn’t really realise he was missing out.

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Boo loved choosing her jar and giving it to the boat lady.

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The boat lady then took it into her barge to be measured out and, when your jars had been used, a boat man-presumably the boat lady’s husband, took the sweets back to the side of the boat so the people queuing could choose.

They had a lovely dog sat on the boat who came for a little stroke while we were waiting.

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It really was a bizarre and different experience. It reminded me that in the North West we have a beautiful canal system and for most of us, it is right on our door step.

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You can find out about the Candy Boat on their website and see where they are going next on their Facebook page.

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Boo’s teeth got an extra thorough clean that night.


  1. This looks like a very interesting, exciting and fun weekend activity for the whole family. A candy boat – who wouldn’t like it, especially the kids! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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