Saturn Fly-boat

Waterways Heritage Afloat

Seeing Saturn at her Base

Saturn’s base mooring is next to the wonderful historic Ellesmere Yard, on the outskirts of Ellesmere, Shropshire, on the Llangollen Canal. An extension to our major and fruitful partnership with Canal and River Trust, we have a mooring there for Saturn and for her current towing boat. This is part of the CRT initiative to regenerate Ellesmere Yard; Saturn will usually winter there, and will normally be displayed there when not on tour. Saturn is fully visible from the towpath, and is publicly accessible at Ellesmere Yard events and by appointment. When Saturn is not there, we encourage use of our moorings by other historic boats. 

Seeing Saturn at events

Come and experience life on a Fly-Boat. From March to September Saturn travels the Waterways of the North-West, North of Birmingham to Merseyside and into North Wales, attending major events and undertaking specific educational and other bookings. The Society works with the Canal and River Trust in planning our annual programme.

Saturn will attend these 2024 Events 

Please note that this programme is necessarily provisional, as it is dependent on the availability of volunteers and towing boats, and of the canals and rivers themselves.

Chester Tower wharf
Afternoon of Thursday 28th    
NWM at Ellesmere Port 
30th March to 1st April  
Norbury Canal Festival  
4th-6th May
Ellesmere schools
14th -15th May
Trevor display
18th-19th May
Trevor schools  
20th -24th May  
Trevor display
25th -27th May    
Middlewich FAB  
14th -16th June
Lymm schools
18th -21st June  
Lymm transport festival    
22nd -23rd June
At Anderton  
25th June -5th July
Gnosall canal festival
19th -21st July
Audlem Historic boat gathering
27th -28th July  
Ellesmere for August  

Whitchurch Canal festival  
31st Aug -1st Sept

Booking Saturn for your Event

Saturn can be booked to attend events or for filming and other promotional purposes. Please note – Saturn cannot be used for passenger carrying trips. The cost depends on the circumstances and also varies if a horse is required. We are a charity and must raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of Saturn.
To book Saturn please email

Check Saturn's Facebook page for photos and reports of some of the Events & Rallies she's recently visited.