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Events Bulletin from 17 August 2019
This is a list of headline and extended period events that are worth an early mention.
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A week at the Edinburgh Festival Headline
Sat 10 Aug 2019 to Sat 17 Aug 2019
Book By: ASAP
Mon 7 Oct 2019 to Mon 14 Oct 2019
Weekend in Blackpool - Oct 2019 CANCELLED Headline
Fri 18 Oct 2019 to Sun 20 Oct 2019
Book By: 31/May/2019
Sensational Spring in Japan
Fri 27 Mar 2020 to Wed 8 Apr 2020
Book By: 08/Jul/2019
Cruising the Llangollen Canal
Sat 16 May 2020 to Sat 23 May 2020
Book By: 31/Jan/2020

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Sat 10 Aug 2019 to Sat 17 Aug
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Join us at the world's greatest entertainment festival. After a terrific week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 we will return in 2019. We will stay in value for money, student accommodation close to the heart of the festival. We will help you navigate your way round the festival which is vast and can be overwhelming. We will organise shared visits to events and several team social get togethers - or you can just do your own thing. Help will be provided with travel arrangements and prebooking of recommended avents - but most events can be booked when you are there.

Contact Dave now for more details and to join the acommodation waiting list. This will cost a little over £200 for the week for your own room in a shared student flat which is basic but comfortable.

Join London IVC to join us!

COST:     £200
SHARED BY:     tickets London IVC (& All AIVC Groups)

Events for October 2019
Mon 7 Oct 2019 to Mon 14 Oct
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IVC is visiting Portugal in October 2019. The dates are set and accommodation recommended. Book your own flight and accommodation. There will be opportunity for outdoor activities as well as all the usual holiday things.

Monday, 7th October to Monday 14th October 2019.

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

The nearest airport is Faro. Flights from London, Newquay, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Liverpool. There are several companies providing transfers from Faros to Albufeira. Search online ‘transfers Faro Airport.’ There is also a rail service between Faro and Albufeira.

Recommended is the Ondamar Hotel, Rua Miguel Torga, Lote 20, 8200-284, Areias de São João, Albufeira, Portugal. The best prices are found by shopping around.

Nick is travelling by EasyJet from Liverpool and expects to arrive in resort around 1400h. He leaves resort seven days later at 1000h.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at


Fri 18 Oct 2019 to Sun 20 Oct
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Meetup for an enjoyable social weekend in Blackpool to include two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast plus an exclusive ride on a vintage illuminated tram around the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.

You need to be a member of one of the many IVCs around the country to take part in this event.
This event is organised by London IVC. Check out their website here
COST:     From £222.00
BOOK BY:   Fri 31/May/2019

Events for March 2020
Fri 27 Mar 2020 to Wed 8 Apr
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London IVC are going to Japan for  the cherry blossom.

The trip starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. On route we will take a day trip to Hiroshima and stay in Kanazawa and Yudanaka. In Yudanaka we will be staying in a traditional Japanes Ryoken and plan to experience the onsens(japanese hotsprings) and hope to see the snow monkeys.

cost from £2902(group size of 14)  - £3131(group size of 10 min nos)

You need to be a member ofof one of the many IVC clubs around the country to this trip. Check out your local IVC here

COST:     £2903 - £3131
BOOK BY:   Mon 08/Jul/2019

Events for May 2020
Sat 16 May 2020 to Sat 23 May
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Join Merseyside members for a week’s canal cruise starting and ending in Middlewich, Cheshire. On Saturday, 16th May 2020, the Fjord Viscount ( will depart and head towards Llangollen. We travel out for three days, spend a day in Llangollen then return. In all there will be seven nights afloat. The cost is £280.

If you are interested then time is of the essence. A £100 deposit is required at the time of booking. Merseyside IVC will pay the deposit from funds so we have eight berths. The balance is to be paid before the end of January. The tight financial schedule is very necessary as we may wish to hire a second vessel.

The price per berth is overstated with intent to reimburse if the trip is fully subscribed. The Fjord Viscount sleeps eight. If five deposits are taken then the trip goes ahead and the cost will be £280 per member. The balance must be paid by the end of January 2018. If more than eight people subscribe then returnable deposits will be taken from persons nine and ten pending the booking of a second vessel. The cost will be equitably divided between all those who subscribe.


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The Llangollen Canal ( is justifiably one of the more popular boating holiday canals in Britain. Most of its route is through unspoilt agricultural countryside, but with just enough locks and waterside villages to add interest. As the canal winds its way into Wales, it also features outstanding scenery and some world famous aqueducts. There are also has several short tunnels on this canal, to add to the excitement.

Through rural Cheshire towards Wales

Leaving Middlewich by way of an arm of the Shropshire Union Canal, the route has fine views over the valley of the River Weaver before making its way directly through an area full of Shropshire's 'black and white cows' to the main line of the canal. Here a short deviation would take you to the 'black and white buildings' of Nantwich.

Turning off at Hurleston Junction, the Llangollen Canal itself then ascends a short flight of locks and sets off across open country, winding its way through Wrenbury under quaint old wooden lift bridges. It is worth pausing at Marbury for a short walk up to its remarkable church. As a bonus, several of the locks on this section have good pubs adjacent. At Willeymoor you don't have to walk at all, because there's a delightful pub slap bang alongside the lock.

Gradually you have become used to locks, but at Grindley Brook half a dozen come all at once, the top three being telescoped together as a 'staircase' which can be something of a bottleneck in the summer season, especially on Thursdays when all the boats that have travelled towards Llangollen from the English end of the canal are busily heading back to base. Boaters have been in the habit of taking a taxi or catching the bus from Grindley Brook into nearby Whitchurch, but part of the old arm which once led right into the town has been restored to provide visitor moorings, and it is difficult to resist mooring up here and walking into this interesting old country town, famous as a centre of cheese-making. In the heyday of the canal a special cheese boat left here daily for Manchester, its hold covered with white canvas to keep the cheese as cool as possible. Beyond Whitchurch there are no more locks for many miles, though there are a number of lift bridges to be raised and lowered with the same windlass you use for operating locks.

Ellesmere on the Llangollen Canal

Passing briefly in and out of Wales, and crossing the mysteriously remote 'mosses' the canal reaches Shropshire's 'Lake District', skirting several of the charming meres which were formed hereabouts the end of the Ice Age.

One of them, Blake Mere, is separated from the canal by the slenderest of margins, and makes a beautiful spot for a picnic.

A short tunnel preceeds Ellesmere, a timeless old town with some particularly good shops specialising in local produce.

The town arm provides pleasant moorings near to the canal company's original workshops, still used by British Waterways as a maintenance base, and the staff here welcome enquiries from passing boaters.

Amazing Sights

At New Marton you pass through the last pair of locks on your way to Wales. Soon the canal is running parallel to the London-Holyhead road. Then it turns a wooded corner and you are confronted with two huge stone bridges, an aqueduct and a viaduct, carrying the canal and a railway respectively, across the valley of the River Ceiriog, from UK into Wales.

Border crossings don't come much more dramatic than this, especially as, on reaching the far side of the aqueduct, the canal plunges almost immediately into a long tunnel. From moorings at either end of this tunnel it's a short walk into the little town of Chirk, useful for shopping and with a 14th century castle to visit as well. The mountains, which have been simply pale outlines on the horizon, become more tangible as the canal slips into Offa's Dyke country.

World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Winding through woodlands you come to the River Dee and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the most astonishing feat of waterway engineering anywhere in the world. The 18 kilometres of canal from Chirk to Llangollen was awarded World Heritage site status by Unesco in 2009. A hundred and twenty feet above the river, in an iron trough no wider than the width of you boat, crossing the aqueduct is tantamount to flying through mid air!

You could be forgiven for thinking that the last lap into Llangollen would be an anti-climax. It is nothing of the sort, as on a high shelf above the Vale of Llangollen and surrounded by high limestone ridges, the canal makes for its terminal wharf.

Exploring Llangollen

Twenty six hours cruising away from Middlewich, should leave you with plenty of time to explore some of Llangollen's well known attractions. Take a ride further on along the Dee Valley by steam train; visit Plas Newydd, where the Ladies of Llangollen were the centre of gossip in the 18th century; climb up to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, over a thousand feet above sea level; visit the Canal Exhibition Centre; stroll along the last two unnavigable miles of the canal to the famous Horseshoe Falls; or just wander about the charming streets of the town, grateful that you haven't got to find a parking space!

Fjord Viscount Refitted in 2016. Excellent style boat for larger groups of friends and family. Sleeps up to 8 people.

2 doubles and 4 singles (plus 2 pipe cots for under 12's) in 4 cabins or 1 double and 6 singles (plus 2 pipe cots for under 12's) in 4 cabins.

Length 21.03M (69ft)

A splendid narrowboat, designed and individually built by us to ensure the highest quality for our hirers. Beautifully fitted throughout in Ash, creating a bright and open visual space. There are 2 shower/toilet rooms on board. This Semi-traditional style boat has lots of living space, with a large galley/dining area, and lots of storage space available.

» 12v socket for mobile phone etc (12v car leads required)
» Radiator central heating
» LCD TV with Freeview
» DVD Player
» Stereo radio CD player
» Duvets and bed linen
» Hair dryer and cot sides on request
» Two sets of waterproofs per boat
» Semi-traditional stern
» Galley fitted with opening skylight
» Fitted with sustainable teak and ash
» All fixed berths made up on arrival
» 2 shower/WC rooms
» 240v system
» Hair Dryer
» Iron

Organiser Nick Wilkinson

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.  
COST:     £280
BOOK BY:   Fri 31/Jan/2020


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