to Aug 28

One Big Weekend

The Annual Historic Boat Gathering will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The Marina will host some 50 historic boats which will compete to win the coveted Les Lapworth Award for the best turned out boat. Every day at 2 pm, there will be a parade of boats, together with entertaining commentary and the steerers will compete for the Boat Handler's Award, which is judged by the audience on the quality of the turn outside the front of the pub. We'll also be treated to a parade of Illuminated Boats on Saturday Night. It's always a great weekend!

Bands on the Balcony are back for 2017. On Saturday we will be entertained by the Chase Jazz Quartet and on Sunday the fabulous Ian Casey returns to The Barlow.

As ever there will be live music upstairs each night. Friday night is sixties night with local group, The Backbone Slips. On Saturday night another local favourite, Little Boy Blue will be with us. Sunday Night will be a Highland Fling as The Burdock Band host a Ceilidh so get your best tartan out and be ready to dance! There may even be a prize for the best dressed "Flinger".

There'll be a Real Ale and Cider Festival and Madame Barlow's Gin Palace will make a much anticipated return. We'll also be hosting a craft and gift market, both on and off the canal.

As well as our usual freshly prepared homecooked food, there'll also be a Garden BBQ if you're feeling peckish.

All events have free admission.


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to Jul 2

Music Festival

We are thrilled to be hosting Tamworth Acoustic, Blues, Country, Folk and Roots' first ever music festival over the course of this weekend.

The festival will take place upstairs with the bar open throughout.

There will be 4 sessions of fabulous music. On Friday night we will be entertained by the awesome Harp and a Monkey, recent winners of's Best Folk Group Award. With their unique harp and banjo led form of electro-folk storytelling, the trio's third album War Stories, released in 2016 has been described as brilliant, sensational and captivating and has received huge critical acclaim from across both the folk and mainstream music world. Entry to see this exceptional group is entirely free!

Saturday night's session will see us joined by two great Midlands based groups, Soundboard and The Dominic Crane Band. Dominic's timelessly poetic lyrics have earned him huge respect in folk music circles and this is definitely an evening not to be missed. Tickets will be available on the door and cost £6.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons we will be hosting a plethora of local musical talent so do come along and show your support!


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Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways
7:30pm 7:30pm

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways

A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London). Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Watch the video to learn more…

Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie) in this beautiful setting!

There will be refreshments and food available from the bar and the show starts at 7.30pm.

And more about Alarum and the tour on the website:

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Madame Barlow's Ginboree

Madame Barlow will be back with the Ginboree, Tamworth's first gin festival, on April 29th. There will be two four-hour long sessions at which you'll be able to try more than 30 gins, all distilled right here in The Midlands. the gins will be served with fever-tree tonic and expertly match garnishes.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, either via EventBrite (links below) or from behind the bar. Ticket holders will gain admission to the Ginboree, where they'll be able to meet with some of our local distillers and try and buy gins from them, a glass to use on the day and then to take home. Your first perfect serve GinTonic is also included in your ticket.

The afternoon session will run from 12.30 pm until 4.30 pm and the evening session will start at 6 pm and end at 10 pm.

Tickets available online via Eventbrite:

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to May 1

Floating Market

This May Day Weekend, Alvecote Marina will host a Floating Market moored outside the pub. As well as our resident trading narrowboat, Draco Crafts, we will be joined by boats trading giftware, crafts, speciality teas and coffees, artwork and lots, lots more.

The pub will be open as usual (including on Bank Holiday Monday) so fingers crossed for good weather!

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to Jan 1


Join us to see in 2017 as we turn the Barlow into Vegas for one night only!

Downstairs will host Lucky Sam's Casino, in association with Grosvenor Casinos and supporting The Carers Trust.

In the Upstairs bar you'll be entertained by Ian Casey singing all of your favourite tunes from the Ratpack before midnight, and as 2017 arrives have a glass of fizz on us and dance the rest of the night away with DJ Pete.

Our Magic Man, Alec, will entertain you on both floors throughout the evening!

 Tickets include introductory casino chips (subsequent chips available for charitable donations) and buffet, as well as the all important midnight bubbles!

£12 for adults, £8 for children. Available behind the bar or by calling 01827 - 898175 (payment in advance please).

Remember to book your taxis as soon as possible as New Year's Eve is a busy one - Carriages at 2 am.

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to Oct 29


All of our frightening exhibits are back for another year. Electric Chair. Lift of Doom. Giant creepy crawlies. Feel inside the deadly corpse. Complimentary sweets, popcorn and face painting. Pumpkin competition and best fancy dress prizes. Topped off by entertainment from 'DJ Bones'.
Adults £3. Children £1.50
Limited tickets will be available behind the bar from 1st Oct.
Be prepared to be scared...

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