Marple Locks Festival
The first Marple Locks Festival was held in July 2004 as a celebration of the Bicentenary of Marple's historic flight of 16 locks. Marple Locks Heritage Society was originally set up just to organise this one-off event but the success of the celebrations and the interest shown by the local community in the preservation of the locks persuaded the committee to carry on. After a second and equally successful festival was held in July 2005, the Society decided to continue on a bi-annual basis.
The third Marple Locks Festival was held in July 2007 and the fourth will take place on 5th July 2009.
Marple Locks Heritage Society now has its own web site. As well as a photographic record of past festivals and information about forthcoming events, the site also features the group's involvement in the preservation of the locks via a programme of task days and an education pack designed to encourage children from the local primary schools and other youth groups to take an interest in the locks; to help them understand its value in the environment and to the community in the belief that they may continue the work of ‘The Society’ in future.
To discover more about the next Locks Festival and the Marple Locks Heritage Society's other activities visit:
To learn more about Marple's Locks themselves visit the Marple Locks Virtual Tour