Steam Festival at Anderton Boat Lift

Published: Monday, 02 May 2022

THE Anderton Boat Lift is to host a steam festival and a 10k Charity Run.

Danny at Anderton Boat Lift LRTraction engines and steam boats

Over the 8th and 9th of May more than a dozen historic traction engines and steam boats, including the 1903 Art Deco Daniel Adamson steamship (pictured), will be firing up and transporting visitors back to the heydays of the industrial age.

Organised by Canal & River Trust, the event will be free to the public, allowing visitors the opportunity, not only to explore the world’s first boat lift, but also to marvel at the road vehicles and river vessels that played such a crucial role in the development of Victorian Britain.

350 runners

The following Sunday, 15th May, there will be a spectacle of a different kind as an expected more than 350 runners set off from the Anderton Boat Lift at 9.30am on a 10K charity run, organised by the Running Bee Foundation. For those less active or just taking their first steps, there will be an opportunity to set a gentler pace by taking part in ‘My First Mile’.

Carly Graham, Canal & River Trust Visitor Services Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, explained:

“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of re-opening of the boat lift after a major restoration. As part of a season of special events, it is fabulous to welcome new visitors and old friends alike to enjoy these two special festivals at our stunning waterway Scheduled Monument.”

Entry to the Anderton Boat Lift grounds, visitor centre, shop and café are free but charges operate for one hour boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation. It is advisable to book these in advance by ringing 01606 786777. 

To sign up to the 10k run or My First Mile, visit the Running Bee website on