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Please do not access the race route by car at Marsh Benham (Hamstead Lock).

The level crossing there will be completely closed to vehicles and pedestrians, this bank holiday, for engineering works, as in some previous years of the event.

We make this stipulation, to respect the local residents south of the crossing, and adjacent to the Kennet & Avon, as there are no parking facilities at this location.

Do not park in this area, or block any residential access, or turn in the residents’ driveways.

Help the event team maintain good relationships with all our neighbours and partners along the route, so the event can continue to be enjoyed by all.

You may, of course, walk or cycle along the canal towpath, as usual, which includes the Hamstead Lock and Sluice. (Check out the trains between Newbury & Kintbury, when you plan your day.)

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About The Event

Crafty Craft is one of West Berkshire’s largest annual events, and is put on by Visit Newbury supported by Newbury Round Table raising thousands for local charities. Teams race home-made rafts from Kintbury to Newbury along the canal, often raising money for their own favourite charity.

The main event for the public is the fun at the Finish Line in Victoria Park, from 10am until 4pm, free entry. There will be stalls and activities for all ages, food & music, and Pelham’s fun fair in the adjoining meadows.

The planning of this year’s Crafty Craft race is well under way, set to be ready for Monday 6th May 2019. The theme for this year is ‘The History of Newbury’.

There is still plenty of time to enter a craft or a stall in the park and we are also still looking for sponsors so please get in touch.

The Crafty Craft 2019 event is organised and run by Visit Newbury supported by the members of Newbury Round Table. All funds raised will go directly to Naomi House.

Need Information?

Entries have now closed for the Crafty Craft 2019.

However if you still want to be part of the event please
contact us using the form above to get in touch.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Crafty Craft has many sponsorship opportunities available, take a look here and get in touch using the contact form below

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Crafty Craft
2019 Sponsors

We're grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Crafty Craft Event.

Newbury Town Council

Newbury Town Council

West Berkshire Brewery

West Berkshire Brewery

Event Media Live

Event Media Live

Kennet Radio Logo

Kennet Radio

Canal River Trust Logo

Canal & River Trust

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