Kennet & Avon Canal photo exhibition

The Kennet at Blake's Lock

The Kennet at Blake’s Lock

This year’s Water Fest on 11 June features an exhibition of images of the Kennet & Avon canal in Reading by photographer and historian Chris Forsey of the Reading Chronicle.

The display is in the Turbine House at Blake’s Lock, adjacent to the Riverside Museum and Bel & Dragon restaurant.

Photographs taken by Terry Allsop and included in Caught on Camera will also be on show. Terry expects to be at the exhibition on the day from 12 noon to 1.30 pm.

Pell Street bridge with cats

Pell Street bridge with cats (Terry Allsop)

There are lots of other attractions included in the Water Fest programme. Events start at 11 am and continue until 5 pm; centred around Forbury gardens, Chestnut Walk and the riverside walk along the canal to Blake’s Lock.

If you do pop into Bel & the Dragon, be sure to look at the wall of cartoons which include one time Katesgrove residents Marianne Faithfull and William Exall of Barrett, Exall and Andrewes ironworks.


  1. Water Fest 2016 Brochure
  2. Water Fest on Facebook
  3. Chris Forsey: Reading Chronicle
  4. Caught on Camera: Reading in the 70s
  5. Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock
  6. Bel & Dragon restaurant
  7. They once lived in Katesgrove. An interview with Terry Allsop