VIDEO: Record crowd enjoy Linslade Canal Festival

The highest number of visitors in the history of Linslade Canal Festival turned out to enjoy Saturday’s showpiece event.

Organisers Leighton-Linslade Town Council say 10,400 people attended on a very hot day to browse the many craft stalls and attractions, listen to live music and admire the narrow boats along the canal.

See many more photos in the LBO on July 29

See many more photos in the LBO on July 29

The main focus of the event is to promote traditional arts and crafts and cottage industries and the council says it is delighted that the festival is attracting new exhibitors each year.

The diverse selection of stalls provided plenty of opportunities for visitors to try their hand at some traditional crafts or simply enjoy a gentle stroll around Tiddenfoot Waterside Park.

The event also provided a good opportunity to promote other local organisations and businesses as well as offering a good selection of food and refreshment outlets for visitors to enjoy.

Stalls representing the Leighton Buzzard monthly craft market also attended the event providing an insight into what is already available on the regular Saturday market in the town centre.

A town council spokesman said: “The traditional rural crafters who regularly attend this event, as well as many of the larger county shows, enjoy coming to the festival every year. They remarked that the event has a very special atmosphere and that the people of Leighton-Linslade have a ‘little gem of a festival’ on their door step.

“This is a huge compliment and the town council is proud to support such a popular and successful annual event.

“We would love to know what people think about this festival and comments can be emailed to or posted on Facebook: Leighton-Linslade Town Council Official or Tweet us: @LLTCNews.”

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