Opening hours

Christmas to
end February

Seven days a week,
10.00 - 4.00

April to late October
Seven days a week,
9.00 - 5.00

Late October to Christmas
10.00 - 4.00

Site updated
16 March 2018


on the Shropshire Union Canal in south Cheshire

Canal Shop       Gifts       Needlework Shop       Events

Historic Boats

 the widest selection of canal books, maps and guides


needlework kits and crafts


Paintings and embroidered pictures by
Sheila M Webster
Permanent exhibition by Audlem artist

Canal Art Exhibition
Paintings, linocuts and photographs by
15-20 artists
18 March - 14 April

Needlefelted Animals
Exhibition by The March Hare (Nicky Harris)
16 May - 16 June

by Liz Taylor
24 May - 29 June

Canal Linocuts & Paintings
Exhibition by Eric Gaskell
16 July - 18 August

Gathering of Historic Boats
About 35 ex-working boats
28/29 July

Canal Shop

We specialise in gifts and books for canal and boating enthusiasts, occasional canal users, and those who enjoy being by the canal.

We stock:

Painted canal ware (Roses & Castles) - by local artist Jane Marshall

“Naked” (unpainted) Buckby cans, horse nose bowls, and hand bowls (subject to availability)

Brass plaques of local canals

Brasso - big tins

Windlasses, mooring chains and ropes, anti-vandal keys etc.

Canal tea towels

Mugs, coasters, teapot stands

Lots of exclusive Audlem gifts - mugs, coasters, Wentworth wooden jigsaws, fridge magnets, jams and marmalades, fudge, shortbread etc.

Paintings of canal scenes

Original watercolours by local artist Sheila M Webster, and paintings by other artists. Prints of canal scenes

Canal and waterway books

We have the widest selection of canal guides and books anywhere.

We normally have over 450 titles available, including many out of print books, some reduced in price.  There are also many shelves of secondhand canal books, including some rare titles.  Please ring us for that elusive book!

Most books are available through our website - Canal Book Shop


Gifts for all the family - too many to describe - plus jigsaws, pocket money toys, etc.